Almond milk smoothie: Mom and Kid approved!

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Summer is upon us. The hot days keep us busy at the park, library, and museums. We have been enjoying the heat so much. I love sweet, satisfying, and healthy summer treats. Smoothies with almond milk milk are a staple in our home to give us a creamy, yummy, ice-cream like taste with health benefits too! 
Lately I have been amazed at how much Lillian is capable of eating. This little toddler can seriously throw down food. 
I stopped at Safeway on my way home from a toddler storytime at our local library to pick up the ingredients for our smoothies. Lillian was being a stinker in the store. It is no fun shopping with a hungry toddler. 
Brian and I are constantly searching for good, healthy snacks and meals for her. If it were up to her she would eat the Elf diet every day: candy, candy canes, candy corns, and syrup. She loves cupcakes, brownies, ice cream, and all things sweet and unhealthy. Of course! Just like Mom. 
Our kiddo loves peanut butter, bananas, and chocolate. I decided to make a smoothie just for her. Or a milkshake. I suppose it could work as either. 
Do you see her little smile in the background? I was asking her to please wait for Mom to get one photo without her little grimy hands all over that cup. She did good. 

We also had one of our little neighborhood girls over at the time I was making these smoothies. She kept asking me why I was taking pics of the smoothies. It was pretty funny. All they wanted to do was get their hands on the chocolaty goodness.

This is probably my favorite photo, because at this point Lillian was literally licking her chops! 
This smoothie is very easy to make and is also full of vitamins and ingredients. It also makes a great pre-workout or post-workout shake with fiber, protein, potassium, good fats, and natural electrolytes to fuel a good run or weight lifting session. I was very excited to use the Silk Almond milk protein + fiber because Lillian is not great at eating protein and fiber, and she is not a good “milk” drinker. I am trying to find creative ways to sneak more calcium into her diet. This little smoothie multi-tasked getting her vital nutrients. Plus, she loved it and drank her whole serving faster than I expected! I tried the Almond Coconut Blend in my smoothie and it was delicious (I love coconut milk). I love clean eating recipes, and this smoothie is staying a staple in our home.
We love making our smoothies with almond milk and have been doing this for a while. I feel less bloated when I use almond milk than dairy milk, and also love the added health benefits and good fats from almonds. 
Banana Peanut Butter Smoothie
serves 4
2 bananas
2 cups almond milk (I use Protein + Fiber or Coconut Almond Blend)
1/2 cup peanut butter
2 tablespoons honey
2 teaspoons cocoa powder
2 cups ice
Add to a blender and blend until smooth! Add more milk if needed or desired. 
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