Who doesn’t love a good smoothie right? Well, we’re going to get away from the go-to, popular strawberry smoothie recipe and instead make a peach smoothie!
We’re calling this Georgia Peach Smoothie because we’re pairing it up with a Martin Luther King, Jr., children’s book!
(More on that in a bit!)
So . . .
why smoothies recipes?
Smoothie recipes are great for kids because:
- They’re quick and easy.
- They’re fun.
- They’re very healthy.
- Kids can add a variety of different things and tailor them to their liking.
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How To Make A Smoothie
Smoothies are so easy! To make easy healthy smoothie recipes, just add fresh fruit and/or vegetables, yogurt or milk, and a couple of ice cubes into a smoothie blender.
Blend until smooth and serve immediately!
What can you put in smoothies?
Honestly, you can put anything that you want in smoothies! (That’s one of the reasons they’re so great, especially for kids!) Smoothies are a great way to help kids get their daily vegetables because you can add in things like spinach and kale and your kids won’t even know. Here are some ideas for smoothies that kids will love:
- Peanut butter or nut butters
- Soy milk
- Coconut milk
- Rice milk
Smoothie recipes really are only limited by your and your children’s imaginations! So, don’t be afraid to play around with them.
How do you make a smoothie thicker?
Sometimes you can add too much milk (or too many ice cubes) and your smoothie becomes watered down or too thin. To make a smoothie thicker, you can add frozen fruit. Some people also add things like avocado or pumpkin puree to make it creamier and thicker. Just don’t add more ice cubes or milk.
Georgia Peach Smoothie Paired With Martin’s Big Words
So it was clear that we would read about Martin Luther King, Jr. as one of our children’s books and theme recipes pairing.
One of our favorite books has become Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. written by Doreen Rappaport and illustrated by
We read it a couple of times each year (still!) and especially make sure to read it on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
Because of the significance of King and his journey, I wanted a children’s book that was accurate and not filled with fluff that dodges the difficult issues.
After reading the synopsis online, this biographical book seemed to fill that.
The book starts with King as a child and his understanding of racism (with seeing “Whites Only” signs) and moves all the way through significant events in his life to his death.
I love that the book incorporates different quotes from King within the story and covers the importance of the civil rights movement in a basic way without getting too detailed and going over children’s heads.
There are fantastic watercolors that fill each page, also.
Listed Book Age Range: 5-8 years
CAUTION: This is a difficult topic, so be sure to consider your child’s age and maturity stage. I first read it to my 4 year old, but I spent a great deal of time discussing each page and the issue of race and civil rights and hatred from some people. Although the book doesn’t go into details on his death, it does reveal that he was shot and died, which may be too much for little children. Later, after reading the book and discussing it, I asked my daughter if she was happy we read it and she said “yes and no” and then she wanted to look at the page that talked about him getting shot again.
Since this is such a serious and important topic, it was hard to come up with a recipe to pair with this book.
However, in a nod to Dr. King’s birthplace of Atlanta, we decided to make a “Georgia” peach smoothie.
We first made it when my daughter was four years old and she said, “This is the best smoothie I’ve ever had!”
(It IS tasty! If you’re making it for a healthy smoothie for yourself, throw in a tablespoon of flaxseeds or chia seeds!)
We made our peach smoothie without yogurt, but you can also make this peach smoothie with yogurt for a creamier version.
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PEACH SMOOTHIE RECIPE
"Georgia" Peach Smoothie
- 2 Peaches (washed)
- 1 Banana
- 1/2 Cup Orange juice
- 1/2 Cup Soy Milk (You can also use regular milk, coconut, almond milk, etc.)
- 3-5 Ice cubes
- Wash and slice peaches. Add to blender. (We like to set aside a couple of slices of peaches to garnish with!)
- Peel and slice banana. Add to blender.
- Add soy milk and orange juice to blender. Blend until all ingredients are blended completely.
- Add ice cubes and pulse/blend until ice is blended into mixture.
- Pour, garnish with a piece of peach (optional), and and serve immediately.
- Nutrition information is estimated. Changes to the recipe and use of different brands may cause changes to the nutritional information to vary slightly from the ones provided here.
READ MORE: CHILDREN’S BOOKS ON MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
If you want to continue learning more about Martin Luther King, Jr. and civil rights, these are some of our favorite children’s books on the topics: