Nick's Banana Smoothie
By Shannon O'Donnell
Smoothies are my favorite quick afternoon snack for my kids...what an easy way to sneak vitamins and 'good-for-you' items into their diets! I even know Moms who throw a bit of spinach into the sweet and tasty frozen confections, and their children are none the wiser. I don't go that far, but I like blending up fruits that they wouldn't otherwise eat, or throwing in the occasional scoop of wheat germ or flax seed.
This banana-peanut butter one is the hands-down favorite of my little 6-year-old, Nicholas. I make them year-round, but they taste best on a hot summer's day. With rain and highs in the upper 40s tomorrow, that seems a long way off now...!
NICK'S BANANA SMOOTHIE
2 frozen bananas (when my bananas start to over-ripen, I throw them in a tupperware in the freezer just for this purpose!)
2 cups ice
2 cups milk (add more to change consistency)
8 oz container of french vanilla yogurt (I use Tillamook)
1/2 cup natural peanut butter
3 T (give or take) flax seed or wheat germ
Combine all ingredients in a blender and mix until blended through...alter amounts to desired consistency or flavor.
When she's not forecasting, Shannon O'Donnell enjoys putting together tasty, season-appropriate meals and goodies for her friends and family.