My children (like a lot of children) aren’t always good at getting their 5-a-day so I find this smoothie to be a great way to add a variety of fruits to their diet. They love it and beg me to make it all the time.
As you can see from the following image I’ve included Orange Juice, Pineapple, Mango, Pear, Banana, Raspberries, Blackberries and Natural Yogurt. You can add any fruits that you (or your kids) love.
We have raspberry bushes in our garden so every summer we freeze bags of fruit and I love to add them to smoothies, scones, muffins, crumbles or tarts. We also go blackberry picking each year which is lots of fun but also provides us with more free fruit for our freezer. The blackberries can be used in a similar way to the frozen raspberries.
I use a bowl to combine the fruit, a blender to mix and a funnel to easily transfer the finished smoothie into a glass jar.
We also make frozen ice-pops with the smoothie mix. Just pour the mix into an ice-cube tray and once the mix has started to freeze you will be able to add toothpicks which will be your ice-pop stick. If you try to add the sticks at the start they will fall over as the mix isn’t strong enough to hold them.
Try to get some interesting shaped ice-cube trays. We use an Ikea version – https://www.ikea.com/ie/en/products/cookware/kitchen-utensils/plastis-ice-cube-tray-green-pink-turquoise-art-60138113/
- 500 ml Orange Juice
- 1/2 Mango
- 1/4 Pineapple
- 2 Pears
- 2 Bananas
- 100 g Frozen Berries eg Raspberries, Blackberries
- 100 g Natural Yogurt
- Chop all fruit into small pieces.
- Place fruit into a large bowl and pour in the orange juice.
- Add the Yogurt and blend well until smooth.
- If the mix is too thick add more orange juice.
- Use a funnel to transfer the smoothie mix to a glass jar/bottle.
- You can store in the fridge for 48 hours.
- The remaining mango and pineapple can be chopped and the pieces frozen to be used at a later time.
- Any combination of fruit can be used to make this smoothie.