Banana Berry Smoothie

Great way to introduce berries to kids. Very healthy snack – make it even healthier by adding chia seeds. Use fresh fruits or freeze almost overripe berries and bananas to be used for future smoothies. Freeze leftover smoothies as ice pops. (For a more thirst-quenching drink, use more ice cubes, no yogurt, less milk, and add some water- just like we did back home, where many days were hot and humid!) 

Ingredients:

1.5 cups strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries, fresh or frozen*
1 banana, fresh or frozen*
1/2 cup yogurt (omit for Paleo)
1 cup milk (use almond milk for Paleo)
6 ice cubes
chia seeds (optional)

Blend the banana, ice, yogurt, milk, and berries together until smooth. If using frozen berries, smoothie will tend to be thicker – add more milk or water if too thick. Pour into serving cups or glasses. Sprinkle chia seeds if desired, making sure the seeds do not touch the sides of the serving cups (they tend to stick). Serve immediately. Freeze leftover smoothie as ice pops.

*To freeze berries – spread on baking sheet in single layer and place in freezer. Slice strawberries first. Once frozen, store in ziplock bags and return to freezer until needed.

*To freeze bananas, cut into circles before freezing in ziplock bags.

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