Take Five Kid Friendly Smoothies 12/11/2013

Saint Mary's Health Care

WZZM 120913 Segment

On the Menu:

Bryan Nader is a Sous Chef and Sheryl Lozicki is a Registered Dietitian at Mercy Health Saint Mary's and the Director of Nutrition and Wellness. Today's "On the Menu" segment features our top 5 Kid Favorite Smoothie recipes.

Sevenpercent of Michigan children get the recommended 5 servings of fruits and vegetables daily. Children under the age of 5 are more apt to consume more fruit and juice but this falls off at kindergarten through high school. According to the National Health and Examination Survey, fried potatoes represented 46 percent of the total vegetable consumption for kids. Smoothies are a healthy way to add more fruits and vegetables to your child, teen's or even adult diet. Directions are this simple: Get your kids in the kitchen, measure, blend and enjoy together.

Beyond their great taste, why are smoothies so good for you? Many are rich in Vitamins A and C from the fruit and juice. Greek yogurt and low fat milk contribute the following:

  • protein that helps keep you fuller between meals and is the building block for muscle and cells
  • Greek yogurt contains probiotic rich bacteria that promote healthy gut bacteria that keep our digestive tract strong.
  • Calcium and Vitamin D for strong bones and teeth

They are a healthy beverage alternative to sodas and the traditional cookie, chip or crackers frequently consumed between meals.


Ingredients: Makes 3 Servings

1 cup frozen sliced peaches,

1 Chobani Orange Greek Yogurt

1 banana

1/2 cupMandarin Oranges + Mandarin Juice

1 cup chopped ice

Nutrition: 120 calories, 0.3 grams Fat, 26 mg Carbohydrate, 2.5 grams Fiber, 6 grams Protein, 12% Vitamin A, 29% Vitamin C and 6% Calcium.

Weight Watchers Points: 3


Ingredients: Makes 3 servings.

1 Banana

1 Tbsp. Chocolate Syrup

1 cup Milk

1 cup Ice

Nutrition: 98 calories, 0.3 grams Fat, 21 mg Carbohydrate, 1.5 grams Fiber, 3.5 grams Protein, 4% Vitamin A, 7% Vitamin C and 10% Calcium.

Weight Watchers Points: 3


Ingredients: Makes 4 servings

  • 1 banana
  • 1 cups frozen unsweetened pineapple chunks
  • 1 cup firmly-packed baby spinach (washed)
  • 1 cup unsweetened pineapple juice
  • 3/4 cup vanilla nonfat Greek yogurt

Nutrition: 108 calories, 0.3 grams Fat, 24 mg Carbohydrate, 1.5 grams Fiber, 4 grams Protein, 18% Vitamin A, 42% Vitamin C and 5% Calcium.

Weight Watchers Points: 3


Makes 4 servings.


½ cup skim milk

1 small banana

¼ cup creamy low fat peanut butter

2 Tbsp. Honey

6 Ice Cubes

Drizzle with chocolate syrup or diced bananas if desired.

Nutrition: 160 calories, 6 grams Fat, 24 mg Carbohydrate, 1.5 grams Fiber, 5 grams Protein, 5% Vitamin C and 5% Calcium.

Weight Watchers Points: 5

Berry Tofu

Ingredients: Makes 4 servings

1 cup fat-free Greek vanilla yogurt

1 cup skim milk

1 banana

3? cube of soft tofu

3/4 cup frozen blueberries

1 cup frozen strawberries

Nutrition: 130 calories, 1 gram Fat, 24 mg Carbohydrate, 2.5 grams Fiber, 8 grams Protein, 32% Vitamin C and 15% Calcium.

Weight Watchers Points: 3

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