Make it together: A smoothie that even a frog could love
What would Kermit the Frog drink? If your kids are at all familiar with The Muppets, this could be a viable question.
I grew up in the 1980s when Kermit was a bona fide celebrity and thus he was a natural muse for creating this delicious green drink.
But my kids, on the other hand, had no clue who Kermit was. I had to educate them on the very complicated relationship between Miss Piggy and Kermit. And with technology of today, the idea of puppetry was hard to comprehend and more educating was required. In the end, they learned something new, but preferred watching a modern-day Muppets movie.
Being in the kitchen with your children is also a perfect teaching environment. While you prepare this smoothie together and have their undivided attention, discuss a frog’s habitat, what a frog eats and how it lives. If you use electronic devices, research different types of frogs and let your children look at pictures.
Oftentimes we print out coloring pages based on a specific subject and my kids get artistic while enjoying their treat. Turn this time into a quick science lesson that engages their curiosity, imagination and creative thinking.
Plus, as they drink this nutritious smoothie, they will hopefully make a connection with nature.
What you’ll need
½ frozen banana
1 cup frozen strawberries
1 teaspoon ground flaxseed
1 handful fresh spinach
1 handful fresh kale
1½ cups almond milk or milk of choice
How to make it
Place all ingredients into blender in the order listed. Blend on high until smooth and creamy.
The bottom line
This smoothie is perfect to pack in a lunchbox. Prepare it the night before and place in the freezer. Ensure you pack it with a tight-fitting lid so spillage does not occur.
Talk to Tracy
Tracy Friedlob is the mom of two young boys and blogs at www.megahealthymama.com.
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