Something I've realized lately is that I just don't eat enough fruit. Vegetables I can eat until the cows come home, but fruit is just sort of meh. My husband and kiddo down it like it's going out of style, and that just makes me feel guilty. Solution?
Smoothies. I love them and it's basically a fruit salad by straw, which I can handle. I throw in a few extras to make it more filling and even more nutritious.
Here is my recipe, which can be altered to taste. This version has about 120 calories per serving, and makes about two servings.
1 cup frozen fruit (I mix it up. blueberries + strawberries, mango + blackberries, etc.)
1/3 cup nonfat plain yogurt
1/2 cup low-fat milk
2 tablespoons wheat germ
Put the bananas and frozen fruit in the food processor or blender and give it whirl to break it all up, but not pulverize it. Add in the yogurt, milk and wheat germ and blend 'til smooth. Taste it. If it's too tart, depending on your fruit, add a little less than a tablespoon of honey to sweeten the deal.
For my toddler, I cut this with milk for a thinned out sippy cup treat. He slurps it down in about 30 seconds.
The frozen fruit makes it nice and icy without being annoyingly slushy, which is what happens with ice. Sometimes I even throw in a little frozen spinach for extra iron (you can't taste it, I promise). You can sub juice for the milk if you like, but I like the extra calcium and less sugar that comes with milk. But, like I said, mix it up to your liking and share the love with your kids.