Ahhh, we’re gearing up for heading back to school. I know…shhhhhh! We’re not ready. BUT we have a kid going off to first year university and one heading into high school. We’ve begun the shopping for the “university stuff” nd trying to remain calm. Aside from adjusting to new school environments, we’re trying to give them the tools so they can continue to choose healthier options during the school year when we’re not around. What’s that saying? Freshman five or fifteen?

One of the items that will be going with our older kid will be a smoothie machine — his request. We have one at home for a few years now but I’m not going to part with it! We’ll get him his own. The individual sized machine is very convenient and easy to clean. He knows he can quickly whip up a relatively healthy snack easily in his dorm kitchen whenever he wants. We’re all for that! But let’s be realistic with what resources will be readily available for the kids away at university. Think about local grocery stores and cafeteria grabs. Fruit in the off season can be purchased frozen and will keep. The frozen Wild Blueberries from BC always get us through the winter months!

The good thing about smoothies is that you really can’t go wrong. Teach your kids to adjust the ingredients according to their personal taste. Too thick — add more liquid. Want it sweeter — add a bit more honey. You get the picture.

Here are a few easy and delicious recipes to make at home or away!

Based on individual servings.

GREEN POWER SMOOTHIE:

Avocados are a greets source of fibre and high in healthy monounsaturated fats. They also add a nice creamy texture to this smoothie.

  • 1/4 cup green apple, chunks
  • 1/4 cup avocado, chunks
  • 1/4 cup green grapes
  • 1/4 cup kale, chopped
  • 1/4 cup apple juice

BLUEBERRY SMOOTHIE:

This tiny fruit is packed with nutrition and known to help enhance brain health and high in antioxidants. They also support healthy digestion and promote heart health.

  • 1 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/4 cup lowfat or nonfat Greek vanilla yogurt
  • 1/4 cup blueberry juice
  • 3 to 4 ice cubes

STRAWBERRY BANANA SMOOTHIE:

Bananas are one of the most convenient healthy snack. High in potassium but also has nutrients that help moderate blood sugar levels. They also help you feel more full for longer.

  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 banana, sliced
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen strawberries
  • 1/4 non fat vanilla yogurt
  • 3 to 4 ice cubes

MANGO SMOOTHIE:

Known as the “king” of fruit, the luscious mango deliver 20 vitamins and minerals including vitamin K to help with bone health by improving calcium absorption. Because of it’s high fibre ¬†and water content, mangoes also help to prevent constipation and promote healthy digestion.

  • 1 cup fresh or frozen mango chunks
  • 1/2 cup peach Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 3 to 4 ice cubes

POMEGRANATE SMOOTHIE:

Considered one of the most powerful fruit, the pomegranate is loaded with antioxidants. It’s known for it’s anti-inflammatory effects especially in the digestive tract. It can also help improve memory.

  • 1/2 cup pomegranate juice
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 fresh or frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 cup low fat or nonfat vanilla yogurt
  • 3 to 4 ice cubes