With all of the exercising and healthier eating I have been doing lately, I sometimes have a difficult time finding enough treats and healthy snacks that I can eat and feel good about it. Because I after all, can’t live without having any treats at all! It can be tricky finding something that tastes good enough to spend the calories on it. Then there is the problem of children coming home from school super hungry, and not knowing what to feed them. I really do not like giving them chips and cookies for every day snacks, so that means a little more creativity on my part. During the summer the kids ate a lot of popsicles and frozen fruit bars, but for Fall, I wanted to see if I could find a way to change things up and still satisfy everyone. Because I live in Northern California, our Fall days are not overly chilly so smoothies are not out of the question.
I picked up a box of Dreyer’s Outshine Fruit Bars (if you live East of the Rockies, you may have Edy’s brand), to make some Outshine Fruit Bar Raspberry Smoothies. I love that there are so many flavors to choose from, and especially the Seasonal Picks that Outshine puts out. Outshine has the slogan “Don’t just snack, snack brighter.” With nearly every Outshine flavor being fat-free, and boasting just 80 calories with real fruit, I think they do a pretty nice job of helping us snack brighter. They sure make for some yummy smoothies too!
For our after school snacks, I combine the frozen fruity goodness of the fruit bars with the protein from Greek yogurt, and sweeten it up a tad with honey and orange juice concentrate. If you want to make it a little creamier, then add half a banana!
- 3 Outshine Fruit Bars
- 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1 Tbs honey
- 1 tsp orange juice concentrate
- 1/2 banana (optional)
- Combine all ingredients in a blender and mix until creamy.