We're shaking things up today with an energising TROPICAL POWER PUNCH!
Frozen pineapple, mango and banana whizzed up with ice cold milk, it's a hefty portion of B vitamins, vitamin C, beta-carotene, protein and essential minerals to boost alertness, concentration and energy.
Excellent energy for busy teachers, or indeed, pupils!
GB pole vaulter, Lucy Bryan and I are looking forward to making this power punch with the Year 6's at St Scholastica's Primary School in Hackney next week, with the help of a smoothie bike! Regina Clement,
the lucky winner of the Go Faster Food Vitality Hackney Half Marathon Schools Challenge,
won this workshop for her school, as well as a copy of Go Faster Food for Kids.
This is one of her favourites from the book and here's how to make it!
Tropical Power Punch
Ingredients for 2 glasses
8 ice cubes
1 ripe mango, peeled, stoned and chopped, or 1/2 cup frozen mango pieces
½ fresh pineapple, peeled, cored and chopped or 1/2 cup frozen pineapple
1 small banana or ½ a large banana, chopped
Juice of ½–1 lime (according to taste)
200-250 ml skimmed milk
You may need a tsp of honey depending on the sweetness of the fruit.
Prep time 2-5 mins
Crush the ice cubes in the blender and then add the rest of the ingredients.
Blend until smooth. If the smoothie is too thick, add a little more cold milk.
Pour into two long glasses and drink.
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For best results, chill the fruit beforehand in the fridge, or use frozen fruit!
There is concern about the regular consumption of smoothies and shakes due to their high sugar content. Eating fruit in its solid form will certainly keep you more satisfied and provide more fibre. As an early morning booster when you can't face solid food, however, or as an occasional treat rather than a regular meal replacement, or a convenient method to get children (and indeed, adults) eating fruit
who might not otherwise do so, smoothies pack a very effective punch!
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