Stonehead smoothies

The Stonehead boys are extremely active, doing a weekly round that mixes circuit training, rugby drills, swimming, mountain biking and running with crofting chores and all the other things that active youngsters get up to.

The downside is they’re voracious eaters who need to be fed well and often to meet the needs of growing bodies as well as fuel all that physical activity.

The boys munch their way through five meals a day, plus snacks of fruit or wholemeal bread. Almost all of what they eat is carefully considered and prepared to meet their needs but they also need some food that’s fun, novel and, well, silly.

When the boys get home from school, they get changed and launch into an hour of physical activity. It’s a complete change from the school day, leaving them ready to tackle homework and/chores, but first they need to refuel and rehydrate while also getting that all-important fun food.

Enter the Stonehead smoothie: pure, liquid fun.

The aim with every smoothie is to make enough to fill two 225ml standard glasses per boy while giving them a cunningly disguised nutritious meal that will keep them going for the three hours or so until we have our dinner.

Recipes

Chocolate-banana smoothie
  • 1 banana, peeled
  • 300ml milk
  • 1 heaped teaspoon cocoa powder

Pop it all in a blender and blitz until smooth. Pour into two 225ml glasses.

Peanut butter-banana smoothie
  • 1 banana, peeled
  • 200ml milk
  • 100ml plain yoghurt
  • 1 rounded tablespoon of smooth peanut butter.

Put it all in a blender and blitz until smooth. Pour into two glasses.

Tropical smoothie
  • 1 banana, peeled
  • Pulp of half a passionfruit
  • 100g pineapple pieces
  • 200ml plain yoghurt

Put it all in a blender and blitz until smooth. Pour into two glasses.

Strawberry smoothie
  • 150ml milk
  • 150ml plain yoghurt
  • 100g hulled strawberries

Put it all in a blender and blitz until smooth. Pour into two glasses.

Berry explosion smoothie
  • 125ml milk
  • 125ml plain yoghurt
  • 150g of hulled strawberries, raspberries and blackberries

Put it all in a blender and blitz until smooth. Pour into two glasses.

Slushie berry smoothie
  • 200ml milk
  • 100ml plain yoghurt
  • 100g frozen fruit (any mix of berries will do)

Put it all in a blender and blitz until the berries break down and the milk par-freezes. Pour into two glasses.

Banana and date smoothie
  • 1 banana, peeled
  • 2-3 dates, pitted
  • 200ml milk
  • 100ml natural yoghurt

Put it all in a blender and blitz until smooth. Pour into two glasses.

Kiwi smoothie
  • 1 kiwi, peeled
  • Half a banana, peeled
  • 150ml milk
  • 150ml natural yoghurt

Put it all in a blender and blitz until smooth. Pour into two glasses.

Peach smoothie
  • 100g tinned peaches in juice, drained
  • 200ml milk
  • 100ml natural yoghurt

Put it all in a blender and blitz until smooth. Pour into two glasses.

Banana and almond
  • 1 banana, peeled
  • 300ml milk
  • 50g ground almonds
  • 1tsp honey
  • Pinch of ground cinnamon

Put it all in a blender and blitz until smooth. Pour into two glasses.

Raspberry and chocolate smoothie
  • 100g  raspberries
  • 200ml milk
  • 100ml natural yoghurt
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder, heaped

Put it all in a blender and blitz until smooth. Pour into two glasses.

Apple, pear and banana smoothie
  • Half an apple, peeled and cored
  • Half a pear, peeled and cored (or a single piece from a tin of pear halves)
  • Half a banana, peeled
  • 200ml milk

Put it all in a blender and blitz until smooth. Pour into two glasses.

As the boys get through a lot of milk (3-4 litres a week each), we use semi-skimmed milk in the smoothies to avoid over-loading their bodies with fat. However, if the smoothies are made as an occasional treat, they’re even better with full-fat milk while a scoop of good quality ice-cream turns them into an incredible dessert.

We make quite a few experimental smoothies, usually starting with 300ml of milk or milk and yoghurt, then adding a weird and wonderful mix of fruit plus other goodies from the larder. Some, especially those featuring grapes, raisins and dried apricots, were a little too “bitty” although they did taste good.

None have proved to be vile. Yet.

Any suggests for smoothie recipes we could try?

10 Responses to “Stonehead smoothies”

  1. We love banana and a whole lemon per person…..with no sweetening other than the banana. We have ours with some whey protein powder but milk or yoghurt would also do……

    • Lemon and banana? Sounds interesting. I’ll have to see if the boys go for it. (Apologies for the delay in replying, I’m a little busy at the moment.)

  2. I’ve never heard of half these mixes! The banana/peanut butter will be one I do try! Thanks for sharing!

    • The boys love banana and peanut butter. My own preference is banana and almond with a pinch of cinnamon.

      We added a new concoction to the list today: strawberry and apple. It must have been good as I didn’t get a taste.

      • I love almond and cinnamon. I just never would have thought about them in a smoothie. Opens up a whole new world of variety because I get tired of plain fruit or veggies after a while.

  3. We have a green smoothie for breakfast every day. We always include a green leafy vegetable at the moment the mitzuna in the greenhouse is supplying us with fresh handfuls on a daily basis. To that we add a combination of fruits which vary yesterday’s was pineapple, peach and banana. But it could have been strawberry, blackberry (from the freezer) and apple. We mix it up. Google green smoothie, children love the eye searing bright green they produce and then they get all the goodness of fresh leafy greens – you really can’t taste the greens once they are added to the sweet (especially tropical) fruits. Oh and we don’t use milk, we just use a drop of water.

    • The boys get huge amounts of greens with their other meals, plus I don’t try to steer them too heavily with the smoothies as I like to keep something “special” for them. Even so, I might see if slipping a “daft” suggestion in about spinach gets them interested. Thanks.

  4. I was going to post an improvised recipe for chocolate and raspberry muffins, but it’s late, I’ve had a busy day and you’re all going to have to wait. Hopefully, I’ll have time tomorrow…

  5. I add three or four ice cubes to my smoothie before I blend it – makes an icy smoothie. Very cooling on a hot day.

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