I’m fairly certain that there was a collective “hooray” exclaimed by moms everywhere over the last few week as our kids headed back to school. With this being my oldest child’s first year of kindergarten, I was sad for approximately one day, before I realized that school is exactly where he needs to be, and that my life is marginally easier with only two kids at home. With that being said, I’ve really learned to treasure my time with all of my babes now that it’s spread out a bit more. I’d rather enjoy our time together, than waste it arguing about something uneccessary. Without a doubt, one of the biggest battles in our house is over eating healthy. Naturally, I want my kids to eat their fruits and veggies, and well, they want to eat junk! Over the past five years, I’ve learned to get a little creative when it comes to getting them to eat nutritiously… I’ve found lots of great ways to sneak the stuff that they think they don’t like, into the things that they do like. Smoothies are my classic go-to. My kids think they are “milkshakes”, so they love them, and I love packing them full of healthy stuff, and pureeing it beyond recognition for them!
We don’t drink soda in our house… like ever! Water, milk, and juice (on occasion) are the beverages of choice around here, but I can’t deny my affinity for fizzy drinks. I recently became hooked on Sparkling Ice beverages. With fifteen fruity flavors, that are full of vitamins and antioxidants, these flavorful, calorie-free, sparkling waters are anything but bland. The Black Raspberry and Kiwi Strawberry are favorites of mine. You can find all of their fun flavors at most major retailers, but if you’re like me, and you order EVERYTHING on Amazon, you can find them there too.
Because I like to shake things up a bit, and get my kids excited… (before they unknowingly down something good for them) I decided to create this recipe for berry fizz smoothies, using Sparkling Ice for some added bubbly fun! I used frozen mixed berries and Black Raspberry Sparkling Ice for ours, but honestly, the flavor combinations for this recipe are endless, so feel free to mix it up and play around, in terms of fruit, or Sparkling Ice flavors. This recipe makes enough for two kid sized smoothies, or one large “adult” size smoothie.
For the Smoothies:
2 cups of frozen fruit (I used a mix of strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries)
1 bottle of Black Raspberry Sparkling Ice
- Add 2 cups of frozen fruit to blender.
- Measure 2 cups of Sparkling Ice, and add it to blender.
- Blend until smooth.
- Use remaining Sparkling Ice to thin smoothie, if necessary.
- Pour into cups and enjoy the fruity, fizzy goodness!
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What’s your favorite creative way to get your kids to eat something good for them?