3 After School Smoothies


3 After School Smoothies

I can hardly believe the kids have been back to school for a month already, can you? I’m not sure where the summer went, but it’s time to get the 2016-2017 school year started!

Once the school year is underway, it’s time to think about the ever important after-school snack. After a long day of learning, a filling, yet healthy snack is just what the kiddos or even mom needs to tide her over until dinner.

Even better is a snack which is quick to make and can be taken on the run if you’re headed to soccer, music lessons or another extracurricular activity. No one wants to be hungry when running around here and there after school, mama included.

3 After School Smoothies

These three smoothie recipes are perfect for after school snacking and can easily be taken on the go, if needed. Each one makes enough for one adult or two small children. The recipes can easily be doubled or tripled depending on how many hungry mouths you need to feed.

Plus you can even prep parts of these ahead of time. I like to portion out the fruit in individual zip-lock bags in the freezer and also measure out the liquids in a cup in the refrigerator. When the kids get off the bus, everything is already measured out and you can just throw it into the blender and let it whirl away! Super easy, right?

So without further adieu, it’s time to pull the old blender out of storage and get mixing! Here are three easy ideas to whip up, which will provide some much needed hunger relief until dinner time arrives!

Strawberry Sunrise Smoothie

1 (6 oz) low-fat or fat-free strawberry yogurt
6 frozen strawberries
3 Tbs. milk
2 Tbs. orange juice

Orange Vitamin-C Smoothie

1 (6 oz) low-fat or fat-free vanilla yogurt
1⁄2 cup (heaping) frozen mango
1⁄2 cup (heaping) frozen peaches
1⁄2 cup + 2 Tbs. orange juice (no pulp)

Blueberry Power Smoothie

1 (6 oz) low-fat or fat-free vanilla yogurt
1 cup frozen blueberries
1/3 cup chopped fresh spinach, washed and stems removed
3 Tbs. milk
3 Tbs. orange juice


Add ingredients to the blender in the order listed. Blend until smooth. Add additional liquid if necessary to reach your preferred smoothie consistency. *Make sure the blueberry power smoothie is blended very well, otherwise all the blueberry seeds can create a very pulpy smoothie.

*Each recipe serves 1 adult or two small children. Easily increase the servings by doubling or tripling the ingredients.

A few tips:

  • I’ve found adding the ingredients to your blender in the order I listed works best for easy blending. I use a very inexpensive blender, so this helps get a smooth mixture in the quickest time possible
  • If the smoothie is too thick after adding the amount of liquid listed, slowly add more until it’s reached your desired consistency.
  • Making smoothies isn’t a total science. Have fun! Try using different fruits, yogurt flavors and liquids to create your own recipes based on your flavor preferences

3 After School Smoothies


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Melissa is a Central Ohio native who’s been living in Columbus for the past decade. After graduating from Miami University and living in Boston for a few years, she’s happy to call the capital city of Columbus her home. Melissa’s currently a stay at home mom to Emily and Thomas who are four and one year old. When Melissa’s not chasing around her kids and changing diapers, she loves to cook, decorate her home, try out local restaurants, read a good book and those first sips of her morning coffee! She's recently hopped on the decluttering bandwagon and is sharing her journey on her insta-blog at @everyday.simple.mom.