If your kids are anything like my kid treat requests are a regular occurrence, especially in the afternoon when lunch is a distant memory and dinner is still far away. Typical afternoon snacks at my house are yogurt and/or fruit, already pretty sweet, but not necessarily special.
While I think kids need to learn that treats are treats because they aren't frequent, sometimes a little treat goes a long way. That's especially true when the treat is a creamy, delicious smoothie that just happens to be pretty darn healthy as well.
I am a big smoothie fan (heck, I wrote a book about 'em!), and so I was thrilled to receive a copy of Tess Masters' The Blender Girl Smoothies. Her last cookbook was gorgeous and inspiring. Just looking at it made me want to eat better! This one is just as lovely and features 100 scrumptious looking recipes, all of which happen to be gluten-free and vegan.
Paging through Tess's book I knew I'd found a new afternoon treat for my daughter when I saw the Strawberry-Kiwi Candy recipe. There's no candy here, just fruit, juice, and yogurt, plus optional boosters like flaxseed oil. But, one sip and there's no doubt – this smoothie is a sure-fire treat.
With the vitamin C power of oranges, kiwis, and strawberries combined with the probiotics in yogurt, this is a powerful immunity blend. Use any yogurt (I use coconut, but Greek yogurt works "s'blendedly"). And don't miss the basil, for an exotic twist. This really does taste like candy.
Throw all of the ingredients into your blender and blast on high for 30 to 60 seconds, until smooth and creamy.
Reprinted with permission from The Blender Girl Smoothies, by Tess Masters, copyright © 2014, 2015, published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC. Photographs copyright © 2014 by Erin Kunkel
Jenna Helwig is the food editor at Parents, the mother of a 9 year-old smoothie-obsessed daughter, and the author of Smoothie-licious: Power-Packed Smoothies and Juices the Whole Family Will Love. Follow Jenna on Instagram and Twitter.