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It’s Back To School season and that means the rush is on to prepare your children for the first day of school and purchase all the necessary supplies. In the midst of all the rushing around to prepare for the first day of school, it’s easy to swap out a meal or snack for something that is ready-made and not nearly as healthy as a fresh snack or meal from home.

http://www.howtolearn.com/products/amazing-grades/So, in the coming weeks of Back To School season and the final rush once school starts, cross off nutritional snacks from your to-do list, with these three smoothie recipes from healthy lifestyle expert, Kimberly Daly.

Daly says, “As autumn approaches, I work with countless clients of mine on healthy meal and snack solutions for the whole family,” Kimberly says. “One of the easiest, and a favorite of the kids, is a simple smoothie with power-packed vegetables like spinach and carrots mixed in with yummy ingredients like berries, cinnamon or honey.” 

Here, Kimberly shares a few of her favorites healthy smoothies for back to school, ready in minutes, and guaranteed to get your kids vitamins without the fight. (Each recipe makes two servings.)

Banana Berry Blaster
This one’s full of immunity boosters—just what the kiddos need when they’re heading back to the classroom with all their friends. Leafy greens are packed with iron, which supports healthy blood cells as they fend off pathogens. And a burst of vitamin C from the spinach and berries acts as an antioxidant to neutralize free radicals before they can do any damage.
2 cups Spinach
1 cup Orange Juice or Apple Juice (preferably fresh, unsweetened)
1 Banana
1 cup Strawberries
1 cup Blueberries, frozen

PB & J Swirl
This twist on a classic packs in more vitamins, protein, and easy-to-digest fiber than the traditional sandwich. Spinach is loaded with iron and vitamin C, the banana brings in potassium and fiber, and red grapes offer up resveratrol—the same heart-healthy antioxidant grown-ups benefit from in red wine. Kids also get protein from the almond milk and peanut butter to help build strong muscles, as well as a balanced source of quick-burning carbohydrates to fuel their day. Plus, it tastes so great they’ll forget they’re eating vegetables.
2 cups Spinach
1 cup Almond Milk, unsweetened
2 cups Red Grapes?(frozen ones are great in this!)
1 Banana
¼ cup Peanut Butter (or Almond Butter)?

“Carrot Cake” Cooler
Again with the spinach! I push it on everyone because it’s such a vitamin powerhouse. But unlike its leafy green cousins kale and chard, spinach has a milder taste that mixes well with other flavors. With this smoothie, kids get all the benefits of spinach, plus a giant dose of vitamin A from the carrots. Our bodies use vitamin A to build and maintain healthy tissue for eyes and skin, making it an important nutrient for growing kids and adults alike.
2 cups Spinach
1 cup Almond Milk, unsweetened
2 cups Baby Carrots
1 Banana
1 tsp. Pure Organic Vanilla Extract
1 tsp. Cinnamon
1 tbs. Organic Raw Honey

after-the-fall2Kimberly Daly is a Healthy Lifestyle Expert and author of the blog Some Kind of Runderful.

 

 

 

 

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