We find that when travelling, smoothies are a fabulous (and delicious!) way to quickly and easily get a whole lot of nutrient-packed foods into one easy meal.
With the right portable smoothie blender you can craft tasty smoothies that your kids will happily drink on any camping trip, family picnic or trip away!
If you and your kids already drink smoothies at home, you probably have a blender sitting on your kitchen benchtop ready to use at all times... But having a travel orientated lifestyle should not have to interfere with your family's diet; so we’ve done some research and found three portable blenders that function well enough to become a travel essential!
All of the blenders below are BPA free and are dishwasher safe.
For a high performance; easy to use personal blender, the Trent & Steele Nutritional Blender is definitely worth the investment to add to your travel essentials list.
This powerful blender makes it easy to make nutritious beverages on the go. Its versatile blending container functions as a mixing jar one minute and doubles as a portable travel mug with attachable drinking lid the next.
*Does require power source
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This awesome battery operated blender is designed for all sorts of outdoor activities such as camping, family picnics or bush walks, and the kids can help out too! The hand crank activates a powerful 2-speed gear system which is powerful enough to crush ice and blend delicious smoothies with frozen fruits and ingredients. The compact design also makes transportation and storage of the machine incredibly simple, even more appreciated when trying to keep family packing as streamlined as possible.
* Battery Operated
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Tapping into the trend of ‘on the go’ foods, Kmart may surprise you with their ‘drink bottle blender’ that is extremely powerful considering the cost of the appliance ($15!)!
With a small footprint, you’ll barely notice it taking up any space in the back of the car or in a travel bag. Does require power source *
If camping or travelling with no power, you can make smoothies that last for up to 4 days when stored in full quart Mason jars. Just make sure they stay chilled in an eskie, and perhaps add some lemon or lime to help as a natural preservative.
Eco-Friendly Drinking Straws
Teach your kids the importance of switching to environmentally friendly products, such as metal, bamboo or glass straws to protect the environment. Reusable straws are a great alternative to single use plastic straws, and are perfect for smoothies and avoiding spillage in most situations.
We love the wide range of glass straws, silicone straws and stainless steel drinking straws that Biome has on their online store. Check them out here.
Smoothie Recipes to try on your next adventure
So now you know what blender you need as your next travel necessity and where to buy bamboo straws, it’s time to make some delicious smoothies! Here are four smoothie recipes to get you started that your kids won’t be able get enough of!
We love adding more than just fruit to our smoothies to keep our kids (and us) full until lunch. This smoothie has the perfect blend of sweet fruity flavours along with the added healthy kick of flaxseed and spinach. It’s a great way to pack fruit into your diet and feel fuller longer.
1 cup – Greek yogurt, plain
2 medium – banana
1 cup – strawberries, frozen, unsweetened
1/4 cup – flaxseed, ground
1 cup – spinach
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Another favourite blend of fruits that we promise the kids will love is a Cherry Pineapple Smoothie. It’s citrus-y, delicious and packed full of vitamins. We also love the flavour of cherry and the beautiful colour of pink it turns your smoothie!
- 1 cup – cherries, frozen
- 1 cup, chunks – pineapple, frozen
- 1 cup – orange juice
- 1/2 medium – banana
- 1/2 cup – Greek yogurt, plain
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One of the most simple fruit smoothies is a banana smoothie that’s rich in potassium and Vitamin C. Here’s our go-to recipe:
1/2 orange, peeled and quartered
1/3 cup Greek yogurt
1/4 cup water or milk (dairy or non-dairy)
1 to 2 teaspoons honey, optional
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The beauty of this smoothie lies in the fact that it has a largedose of vegetables and cruciferous ones at that.
1 Cup Cauliflower Florets
1 Cup Strawberries (fresh)
1 Cup Frozen Blueberries
2 Tbsp MCT Oil (optional, and depending on age)
1 Whole Avocado
1 Cup Green Tea or Coconut Water
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TIPS & TRICKS:
One of our favourite things to do here at HTK is to prep all of the fruit and vegetables into single serve zig lock bags** The nutrients within the fruits and vegetables are preserved when frozen and by simply adding some coconut water or milk into the blender, in under 3 minutes you have a delicious smoothie ready to serve!
** We also wash and reuse our ziplock bags.
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How do you like to add your veggies on a family holiday? Do you have any tips or tricks that make great smoothies that the kids love?
Leave a comment and tell us what you think!
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Happy Healthy Travels!