In the mornings I enjoy making a smoothie for myself. A delicious mixture of ingredients that fill me up so that I can take on the craziness of a day full of playing with one very energetic toddler and two crazy puppies. Sometimes it as simple as a smoothie of frozen bananas, yogurt, and peanut butter. And sometimes it is a little more complex, full of fruits, veggies and either protein powder, chia seeds or flax-seed.
Recently, I let my daughter try one of my breakfast smoothies, and now when she sees me making one for myself she often wants one, too. But I don’t always want her drinking what I am having, especially if I added a protein powder, chia seeds, or flax-seed. So I have taken to making special smoothies just of her. Smoothies that are full of fruits, veggies, and everything she needs to grow healthy and strong.
One of her very favorite smoothies that I make for her is my Rapunzel smoothie. It has three layers of fun colors and even some hidden veggies that my toddler normally wouldn’t touch, like steamed carrots.
I named it the Rapunzel smoothie because the bottom layer is purple just like Rapunzel’s dress. The second layer is green, just like her animal sidekick, Pascal. And the top layer is golden, just like her long beautiful hair. My daughter gets excited when I bring her a cup of the layered goodness, and I get excited knowing, even if the rest of the day she chooses to live off of crackers and dog food I’ve done my part to make sure she had something with good nutritional value.
When I make the Rapunzel smoothie, I make one layer at a time keeping the cups with the different layers in the freezer while I mix the next layer. It is not necessary to take the time to wash the blender between the blending of each layer, all you really need to do is rinse it out in between. To keep the layers nice and neat when I pour the layers into a cup I use a spoon to smooth the top of both the purple and green layer.
Then just add a bright-colored straw, and you have a delicious treat for your little one (or yourself) that is both refreshing and good for you!
Hi, I’m Tara. I am a military spouse and mommy of one. I love that recipes can be used as learning tools for children. A good recipe with lots of ingredients at deferent measurements is the perfect yummy addition to any math or science lesson! In my free time I enjoy spending time with my amazing husband, two crazy puppies and adorable little girl. I share our military life adventures, kitchen creations and kid friendly crafts over at An Aiming High Wife, come visit anytime! You can also follow me on Facebook and Pinterest!