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Back to School Smoothies: Keep your Kid’s Lunches Cold and Pack a Healthy Treat

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  • 04/10/2018
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Everything is back-to-school this month and nothing is more gratifying than sending your troops off armed with healthy and nutritious snacks and lunches.

Here is a fab Back to School Lunch Idea! Make your kid’s favorite smoothies and freeze them in a plastic / glass to-go container that has a seal-able lid. Put the frozen smoothie in your child’s lunch. By lunch time the smoothie should be soft enough to eat, all while keeping the lunch cold.

The great thing is that you can pop these into any family member’s lunch pack – even yours!

Source: Pinterest, jill dubien

Why pack frozen homemade smoothies?

  • Easy way to sneak extra nutrients into your kids’ lunches (especially if you have picky eaters)
  • Cheaper than buying single-serve pouches or yogurt tubes
  • You can make a week’s worth of smoothies ahead of time (or more!)
  • Customisable for school regulations and kids with food allergies
  • They save space by doubling as an ice pack
Source: Pinterest, Jill Dubien

The art of the freezer smoothie:

Freezer smoothies work best when they are extra thick – bananas, oats, and yogurt can help with this. Keep your solid-to-liquid ratio at about 4:1. Going into the container the mixture should be thick and scoop-able if you’re making them with frozen fruit.

Fill half-pint mason jars or freezer cups three-quarters full with the smoothie mixture. Then cover and freeze until completely solid, up to three months. Tuck the frozen smoothie into an insulated lunch bag with a small cold pack. Before eating, shake thoroughly.

Smoothie Packing Process

  • Prep your containers. If you’re making lunch box smoothies regularly, you’ll want to make sure you’ve cleaned and gathered up all your containers before you make your smoothie so you can fill them up without your smoothie melting.
  • Make your smoothie. Make one up on the fly or use one of the recipes we’ve shared below. You can also just fill up a container or two as you go using smoothie leftovers.
  • Fill your containers. Leave a little space at the top for the smoothie to expand while freezing.
  • Freeze, overnight is best, but if you have small containers, the smoothies should be frozen within a few hours.
  • Pull out and pack. Make sure to include a straw or spoon if necessary.
  • Retrieve and clean containers. Get those containers back from the lunch box and clean as soon as possible.

Helpful Products

  • Cups with caps. We like to use glass mason jars for your tweens and teens, and for the smaller kiddies, we strongly recommend plastic freezer cups.
  • Plastic smoothie straws are easy to find in stores, but if you’re looking for a reusable option, you can find stainless ones, too. You could also throw in a spoon straw just for fun!
  • I like this spoon/fork combo for kid lunches.
  • Cloth napkins are great for cleaning up spills or wrapping up sticky containers and utensils.
Source: Pinterest, Jill Dubien

Recipe Inspiration

You can use any of your favourite smoothie recipes.  As long as you have the right containers you are good to go.  We have however shared a few of our favourite kid-friendly smoothie combos below:

 Instructions that apply to ALL recipes:

  • All ingredients based on one serving per person.
  • Add ingredients to your smoothie blender and blend until smooth / reached desired consistency.
  • Store in your freeze at minimum overnight. (Can keep in freezer for up to one month)
  • Decant into your freezer friendly containers and simply add to the lunch pack (s) in the morning.
  • We have used Früt Wildblossom Honey throughout to ensure that the smoothies have that sweet taste that kids love – but the healthy kind!

The classic Banana and Strawberry Smoothie

½ cup Früt IQF Frozen Banana Slices
½  cup Früt IQF Frozen Strawberries
1 cup plain  / flavored yoghurt
1 tbsp. Früt Wild Blossom Honey

Chocolate Banana Flaxseed Smoothie

1 cup milk of choice (we prefer coconut or almond)
½ cup of Früt IQF Banana Pieces banana
1 tablespoon of Früt cocoa nibs and 1 tablespoon peanut butter
1 teaspoon ground flaxseed
2 teaspoons of Früt Wild Blossom Honey

Creamy Raspberry Chia Seed Smoothie

Chia seeds are extremely rich in nutrients and keep you feeling “full” for hours.  We use this as an on the go breakfast popsicle recipe too.

1 Tablespoon chia seeds
1 cup milk
1 cup Früt IQF Frozen Raspberries / Strawberries
1 teaspoon Früt Wild Blossom Honey

Strawberry and Apricot Twist Smoothie

1 cup plain  / flavored yoghurt
1 teaspoon of Früt Wild Blossom Honey
½ cup Früt IQF Apricot pieces
½ cup Früt IQF Strawberries

Berry Bliss Smoothie

1 cup plain / flavoured yoghurt
1 teaspoon Früt Wild Blossom Honey
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
½ cup Früt IQF Blueberries
½ cup Früt IQF Raspberries

Tropical Delight Smoothie

¼ up Früt IQF Banana
¼ cup Früt IQF Mango
¼ cup Früt IQF Pineapple
¼ cup Früt IQF Papaya
1 cup coconut water
½ teaspoon fresh ginger
2 teaspoons of Früt Wild Blossom Honey

Craving Coconut Water

Overnight Oats! The perfect on-the-go breakfasts that taste like desserts!

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