The recipes for the following child-friendly holiday drinks were contributed by Sari Davidson-Crevin, founder of Booginhead and inventor of Sqeez'Ems, the reusable food pouch. Readers may read the review of this product on Family Examiner.
Each of these recipes was created to be used with the Squeezems. They are delicious and packed with nutrition. Although they contain holiday ingredients and flavors, they would be tasty and healthful any time of the year.
1.Gingerbread Smoothie Recipe
- 1 cup almond milk
- 2 frozen bananas, peeled, sliced and thawed slightly
- 1 and 1/2 teaspoon fresh, grated ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon molasses
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
Start by adding the liquid to your blender, followed by the soft fruit. Add the greens to your blender last. Blend on high for 30 seconds or until the smoothie is creamy.
2. Peppermint Patty Green Smoothie
- 3/4 cup almond milk
- 1 cup spinach, about 1 handful
- 1 frozen banana
- 2 tbsp fresh mint leaves, stems removed or 1/8 tsp peppermint extract
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 heaping tbsp chocolate chips
- Place all the ingredients, except chocolate chips into your blenser.
- Start on low speed, and increase to high
- Blend until smooth, about 1 min
- Then add the chocolate chips and blend for a few seconds. Just long enough to break them down into smaller pieces. Enjoy!
3. Pumpkin Smoothie
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 1 cup milk
- 1 banana, sliced
- 2 tbsp brown Sugar
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4vtsp Vanilla Extract
- Spoon pumpkin puree into a re-sealable bag and freeze, 8 hours to overnight.
- Remove pumpkin from freezer and allow to soften at room temperature, 5 – 10 minutes
- Pour milk into blender, add pumpkin, banana, brown sugar, cinnamon and vanilla extract.
- Blend until smooth, about 3 minutes.
Thank you, Sari Davidson-Crevin, for your kind contribution to this column.