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After school snacking is a most recent topic currently discussed on many social networks. Smoothies are a great way to "sneak" some healthy foods into a frosty treat that satisfies tired, hungry students coming home from those first energetic days at school. Cool flavored drinks will rehydrate the "troops" and give that much needed break before tackling homework.
From Cheryl (GlassDharma PR Department)
"My kids have grown up and moved out and I still have a desire for that afterschool snack time!"
After School Orange Julius
1/2 c. orange juice
1/2 c. coconut milk (unsweetened)
Blend in a blender or Magic Bullet
Tip: (freeze the banana and/or make orange juice ice in an ice cube tray to keep it frothy)
Here are a few more ideas from our readers and Face Book friends:
From Lizz Clements:
1 cup lemon juice
3/4 cups turbinado sugar
Water and/or ice
In a 2-quart container, dissolve the sugar in slightly warmed, room temperature, or from the tap water. Stir or swish until dissolved. Add lemon juice and some ice and fill the rest of the container with cold water to the 2-quart line. Stir. Let chill completely before serving or serve over ice immediately!
Makes 2 quarts.
From Casy McNemar:
•1-2 cups of Kale (or greens of your choice)
•1-2 cups of Fruit (e.g. Honeydew Melon and Strawberries)
•1 cup of Coconut Water ("raw" if available) Check out harmlessharvest.com
•1 cup Yogurt
•1 tsp of Chia Seeds
Blend together; enjoy!
From Stephanie Moram:
• 1/4 cup of almond butter
• 4 Tbsp of raw cacao powder or carob powder
• 4 dates, soaked and pitted
• 1-2 frozen banana
• 1/2 tsp-1 tsp of almond or vanilla extract
• 2 cups of water
• Optional: 1 tsp of cinnamon
Makes 2 cups.
From Amanda Molnar:
1cup frozen berries
1 or 2 bananas
A handful of spinach
Blend all and enjoy! Simple, but so refreshing! :)
Editor's note: About Kefir
Chrissy sent in this submission but did not include her mailing address. Glassdharma will send her free glass straw as soon as her information is available to our shipping department.
"I make spinach and mango smoothies for the kids. Simple refreshing and very healthy. People don't believe me when I say my son loves spinach smoothies. If he wants fish and chips for dinner, I tell him, 'sure, as long as you have a spinach smoothie first!' and every one is happy!"
Large cup baby spinach, water spinach or kale or a mixture
Large cup of water
Large cup of diced frozen mango
Half continental cucumber skin and all (optional)
Makes two regular spinach smoothies.
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