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Fruit Smoothies are an Easy and Healthy After-School Snack

The key to making these smoothies creamy is frozen fruit so the ideal would be to fill up the freezer with some fresh fruit or buy frozen fruit straight from the supermarket.

Bananas can go brown and ripen soon after purchasing but instead of throwing them away, peel them and cut into chunks and place in a bag in the freezer. Bananas are the base of most great fruit smoothies.

Just note that you will need a blender to make these drinks and it doesn’t have to be an expensive addition to the kitchen. Hand-held stick blenders can be found in the supermarket for under $10. It’s a purchase that will pay for itself over and over in smoothies.

Milk or No-Milk Based Smoothies

Smoothies can be made with or without milk. If you or your child has any kind of intolerance to milk then try a soy-based smoothie or no-milk smoothie. I tend to use orange, mango or mixed breakfast fruit juice, but cold water is also a great option.

If making a milk smoothie, ice-cream or yoghurt can also be added if the idea is that you are trying to pump more calcium into your kids.

The smoothie recipes below normally make 2-3 large serves.

Simple Very Berry Smoothie Ingredients

  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 cup frozen raspberries
  • 2 frozen bananas, chopped
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • Extra ice, optional

Simple Very Berry Smoothie Directions

  1. Pour the orange juice into the blender.
  2. Add all frozen ingredients.
  3. Blend on SMOOTHIE setting until smooth.
  4. If using a hand-held stick blender, place all the ingredients in a deep jug and move the blender up and down to crush the frozen fruit.
  5. Serve immediately over ice.

Tropical Mango Smoothie Ingredients

  • 2 cups frozen mango (if you cannot get fresh or frozen mango, try canned mango as it works just as well.)
  • 2 frozen bananas, chopped
  • 2 cups orange or mango juice
  • Extra ice, optional

Tropical Mango Smoothie Directions

  1. Pour the orange or mango juice into the blender.
  2. Add all frozen ingredients.
  3. Blend on SMOOTHIE setting until smooth.
  4. If using a hand-held stick blender, place all the ingredients in a deep jug and move the blender up and down to crush the frozen fruit.
  5. Serve immediately over ice.

Basic Banana Smoothie Ingredients

  • 2 cups cold milk
  • 2 frozen bananas, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon plain yoghurt
  • 1 teaspoon honey, optional
  • Extra ice, optional

Basic Banana Smoothie Directions

  1. Pour the milk into the blender.
  2. Add the frozen bananas and yoghurt.
  3. Blend on SMOOTHIE setting until smooth.
  4. If using a hand-held stick blender, place all the ingredients in a deep jug and move the blender up and down to crush the frozen fruit.
  5. Taste to see if sweet enough. Add honey if required.
  6. Serve immediately over ice.

Quick, Easy, Healthy Chicken Breast Recipes: Simple Recipe for Special Low Fat Crockpot and Casserole Meals

Families in America eat a lot of chicken and that’s a good thing. It’s healthy, easy to cook and tastes great in a lot of different dishes. Every cook should have these three quick chicken recipes in her file.

Crockpot Mexican Chicken Taco Stew Recipe

Everyone loves this simple chicken dinner, which cooks all day while people are at work and school, and can be served in a jiffy when it’s time to eat.

Ingredients:

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 small package of frozen corn
  • 1 can of black beans, drained
  • 1 package taco seasoning mix
  • 1 medium-sized jar salsa
  • 1 package low fat cream cheese
  • cilantro
  • avocado
  • lime

Directions:

  1. Lay the chicken breasts in the bottom of a crockpot.
  2. Cover with corn, beans and salsa and sprinkle the taco seasoning on top of everything.
  3. Cook covered on low all day.
  4. 30 minutes before serving, add cream cheese.
  5. Before eating, shred the chicken and mix everything together.
  6. Serve with tortillas or as a stew and garnish with fresh chopped cilantro, avocado and lime.

Easy Curry Chicken Recipe

Use a favorite combination of curry spices with these simple ingredients to make a healthy, comforting and filling stew. Feel free to add other fresh vegetables like carrots, green beans or strips of pepper to the pot.

Ingredients:

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, diced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • 1 can of chickpeas
  • 2 large cans of crushed tomatoes
  • 4 tablespoons curry powder
  • salt and pepper
  • plain vanilla yogurt
  • mango chutney

Directions:

  1. In a large stockpot over medium heat, saute the onion and garlic in the olive oil for about 5 minutes.
  2. Cut the chicken into large bite-sized pieces, add to the pot and sauté for 10 minutes.
  3. Turn the heat up and add tomatoes.
  4. Chop cauliflower into large bite-sized pieces and add to the pot along with the chickpeas.
  5. Add curry powder and salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Bring to a boil, then simmer uncovered for at least four hours.
  7. Serve over rice accompanied by yogurt and chutney.

Bird of Paradise Chicken Recipe

This easy to make chicken isn’t low fat, but it is incredibly delicious and worth every calorie. Sure to impress guests, cooks can have it made and on the table in 45 minutes.

Ingredients:

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1 and ½ cups of grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup of sherry

Directions:

  1. Mix the eggs and milk together in a bowl and pour the parmesan cheese onto some wax paper.
  2. Dip chicken breasts into egg mixtures and then coat completely with cheese.
  3. Melt butter in a frying pan, preferably a cast iron skillet.
  4. Add the coated chicken to the pan and brown each breast on both sides.
  5. Pour the sherry over the browned chicken and simmer, covered, for 30 minutes.
  6. Serve with wild rice and steamed sugar snap peas.