Getting enough fruit and vegetables into some children can prove difficult, that’s why smoothies are always a great option.
I doubt you will find many children that would turn down a sweet tasting drink but that doesn’t mean it has to be unhealthy.
When I do my school talks, I always show my sugar board which has a few popular drinks and the amount of sugar in them and it’s pretty shocking, especially the ones aimed at children that claim to be low sugar or have real fruit in them…don’t be fooled!
As I’m always saying, fruit juice is not a great option, yes you will get the vitamin c from a glass of orange juice but don’t forget that it’s just pure sugar, as the fibre has been removed, whereas if you eat a whole orange you get that amazing fibre that helps to slow down the breakdown of the sugars, resulting in less of a spike in blood sugar levels which we want to avoid. No one wants to eat foods and then a couple of hours later feel that we are low in energy and need a pick me up… well that’s what high sugar foods do, plus it increases risk of inflammation, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and also lessens our immune system.
So if we are opting for snacks and drinks, think whole fruits and vegetables, smoothies with veggies in as well as savoury snacks.
But this recipe is all about delicious nutrient rich foods inside one glass. It’s quite adaptable so if you don’t have blueberries, use strawberries instead, want to add in more healthy fats, add avocado, some tahini, or even whole nuts but one thing is for sure, this is a great spring/summer drink that is perfect to enjoy to give you a boost in those wonderful antioxidants.
Blueberry & Acai Smoothie
1 cup frozen blueberries
2 tbsp peanut butter
2 tsp açai powder
1/2 avocado (optional)
1/2 cup soaked oats (optional)
In a nutribullet add all the ingredients, you can add a date in for added sweetness and enough milk to form a delicious creamy smooth consistency and blend together
Enjoy this refreshing drink straight away and can be kept in the fridge overnight