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|Yoplait Greek Yogurt Strawberry Banana Smoothie|
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I feel it’s very important to give kids a high percentage of whole foods in their diets. Snacks present an excellent opportunity to pack in some of those most-needed fruits and veggies. If you have a veggie hater or a picky eater, the best way to disguise a serving of veggies or fruit is to put it in a smoothie. A serving size of spinach added to my recipe below for the strawberry banana smoothie will go unnoticed. Trust me. Kids think the green color is funky anyway, and I’d suggest calling it a Ninja Turtle Shake!
I figured I’d take this snack challenge, even though there’s no younguns in the house. So when I went shopping this past week at my local Price Chopper, I paid close attention to what was on sale in the #PriceChopperBTS specials. Many were in special displays around the store so finding them was pretty easy.
|Sale items in Price Chopper are conveniently placed throughout the store|
Keeping in mind that I have to like the items because it’s only me eating them, I chose Honey Nut Cheerios, Yoplait Greek yogurt and some Lunchables. I’d never tried Lunchables, but decided to give them a try because it’s the perfect size snack for when you feel peckish mid-afternoon and want something savory instead of sweet. Grownups need an “after-school snack” sometimes too!
You can’t get more convenient than Lunchables. Open the package, and it’s a mini complete meal. The way they are packaged, they stack nicely in the fridge and the kiddos can help themselves. Same goes for the yogurt, but I’d like to do something special for a child, especially when they’re easing into the first couple of weeks back to school.
|Turkey and American Lunchable|
That’s where the smoothie comes in. It’s easy to make, as I said before. Throw it in, zap and go. An older child can even do that themselves. Although I wouldn’t trust a child younger than around 7 handling razor-sharp blades like my Ninja has.
|Satisfying yet healthy snacks|
While that smoothie might satisfy a little girl, if you have a dude, you better have something else besides that smoothie! And what I made to serve along with it is some no-bake cookies packed with the Cheerios! Having had experience feeding boys, he’ll probably eat the cookies and the Lunchables and drink the smoothie (and have room for dinner too–don’t worry!!)
|Honey Nut Chocolate Beehives|
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- 1 ripe banana, sliced
- 1 tub (5.3 oz) Yoplait strawberry Greek yogurt
- 1/4 cup sliced strawberries (optional)
- 1/2 cup milk
Add all ingredients to a blender and process until smooth. You may use an immersion blender or standard blender. I use a Ninja.
Honey Nut Chocolate Beehives
- 1 cup chocolate chips (dark or milk)
- 1 tbs cream
- 1 1/2 cups Honey Nut Cheerios
Line baking sheet with waxed paper.
Place chocolate chips and cream in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on HI for 30 seconds. Stir. Microwave an additional 10-20 second if lumps still remain after the last stirring.
When mixture is smooth, add the Cheerios and stir until well coated.
Drop by heaping tablespoonfulls onto prepared pan. Chill for about 15 minutes or until firm.
Makes about 12 beehives.
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