One of my goals is to move toward healthier eating and incorporating more fruits and veggies into mine and my family’s diet. Well, my kids love smoothies and I figured it is a great way to get some of those healthier foods into their diet. I also want to cut back on some of the meat we have in our meals. This week, I decided to introduce Smoothies for dinner!
One of the hard parts about having smoothies for dinner is making sure they are filling enough. This is where avocados and bananas come in great, with their healthy fats. The fats in avocados and bananas help make my mixed berry smoothies much more filling and a great dinner alternative. My whole family isn’t on board with the taste of avocados or guacamole (What?!)! It is a good thing they don’t have to eat them alone! The great part about using avocados in the smoothies is that they are very mild and the flavor is easily blended into all the other flavors, so no one can taste it.
- 2 Avocados
- 2 Bananas
- 2 c. fresh or frozen berries
- 2 c. water (use ice with fresh berries)
- 2 tsp honey
- ½ c stevia (more/less for desired sweetness)
- Peel avocados and bananas, removing avocado seeds.
- Combine all ingredients in blender.
- Blend until smooth, adding more water, if needed, for desired thickness.
- Dispense into individual cups.
- Serve and Enjoy
Since I was making smoothies for dinner, for four of us, I combined two avocados and two bananas to ensure everyone was satisfied. Fats are great for balancing any sugar swings associated with other fruits, too. I then added an organic bag of mixed berries (strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and blueberries) for a great source of antioxidants and all those other great benefits of berries.
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I also added some honey to take away from the bitterness that frozen berries sometimes can contribute. I didn’t utilize much, due to the extra sugars. Honey has some great properties, though, so definitely worth adding into your diet. I also used some stevia to add a little more sweetness, rather than use too much honey.
My mixed berry smoothies for dinner concept was definitely a hit. It was also an easy dinner, with little preparation. We will be implementing smoothies for dinner once a week, from here on out. There also isn’t much after dinner clean up, since you only use the blender, cups and straws, if desired.
Does your family love smoothies? Would you add smoothies for dinner, too?