One of the easiest types of recipes kids can make are smoothies. This Tropical Smoothie is something my 5 year old can make with little assistance. She loves measuring out the ingredients and dumping them into the blender. For some reason the dumping part is the favorite! We are able to practice counting and measuring with little pressure. If the measurements are not perfect the tropical smoothies recipe will not be ruined.
My Blentec blender recently broke so we have not been able to make smoothies for a few months. I need to drive to their location and get a replacement but with the holidays we have been super busy. My sister in law had an extra blender that she gave me as a back up. I’m grateful for that because we were ready for a smoothie today!
Just a few tips:
- When I let my kids make this alone or with minimal assistance there is no order to what goes in first. I let them know the juice needs to filter down to the bottom to help with the mixing.
- We have the old rectangular ice cube trays and yes we get teased about not having an ice maker all the time but the kids like counting out 5 or 6 cubes per cup for a total of 10-12 ice cubes per recipe.
- This is a great way to use up those ripe bananas.
- 1 banana
- 2 cups ice cubes
- 2 cups frozen tropical mix containing pineapple, strawberry and mango
- 1 cup orange juice
- ½ cup vanilla yogurt
- In a blender combine the banana, ice cubes, tropical mix, juice and yogurt.
- Blend thoroughly until mixture is smooth and no chunks remain.
- Serve immediately.