Quick, Healthy Smoothies

Whipped up in minutes, healthy smoothies can be enjoyed by kids and adults

Strawberry banana smoothie

I recently discovered the joy of nutritious smoothies that can be whipped up in minutes, making it a perfect breakfast or snack for people on the go.

Even my fussy kids slurp up their smoothies with gusto.

Healthy smoothies are also beneficial for those who would like to lose weight because the concoctions leave you feeling full for hours.

But experimenting with smoothies is fun, too. Usually smoothies contain a combination of fruit, vegetables, milk and/or yogurt. For an extra boost, you can add peanut butter, wheat germ, oatmeal and ground flax seeds to your drink.

If you are not on the smoothie bandwagon already, give these a try:

Peanut Butter and Banana Smoothie

Although I am not a huge banana fan, this smoothie is one of my favorites. I adapted the recipe from fellow blogger, PushDumpFatButton. The peanut butter in the smoothie cuts out the overt banana taste, and the concoction ends up tasting like a rich dessert.

1 1/2 tbsp. peanut butter (I prefer using all-natural peanut butter)

1 medium-sized ripe banana

3 cubes of ice

3/4 cup of skim milk

Blend all the ingredients together and enjoy.

(You can experiment with the consistency of the smoothies by adding or reducing the amount of milk used.)

Avocado Smoothie

Avocados are rich in monounsaturated oils, potassium and Vitamin A. The creamy smoothie tastes like a coconut drink, and it keeps one filled for hours.

1 large ripe avocado

2 cups milk

2 tablespoons honey

Cut and peel avocado. Remove pit from both halves, blend with milk  and honey.

Strawberry Banana Smoothie

1 ripe banana

1/2 cup fresh or frozen strawberries

Few cubes of ice

1 1/2 cups of milk

Blend ingredients together and enjoy.

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