This delicious yogurt, fruit, and flaxseed smoothie is a quick and easy recipe that you can make with your kids. Enjoy it with breakfast or as a fun snack. You’ll love it!
A couple of months ago, I rediscovered this old post on my blog–from the year I started blogging, 2012! It was first published in March of that year and so I’ve updated it with some better photos and additional details.
We’ve been eating a lot of smoothies around our house lately! Whether it’s due to a weird craving or the fact that I bought several 32 oz containers of plain yogurt on clearance, I don’t know.
Either way, a smoothie can be a very healthy choice for a snack or light lunch. We found a fun recipe in a kids’ cookbook and of course, I had to tweak it and add to it one of my favorite things to add to our smoothies–ground flaxseed.
Adding flax to your smoothies is a great way to add in some extra fiber and omega-3 fatty acids.
We often buy our flaxseed from a family friend who grows flax but we also love the Manitoba Milling Co. brand which you can buy on Amazon. You can also purchase flax in most grocery stores. Make sure you look for “ground flaxseed” unless you have the capability to grind your own seeds!
Enjoy making this smoothie recipe with your kids.
Frozen Fruit Smoothie with Flax
2 bananas, peeled and broken into chunks
4 cups frozen fruit (we used a mixture of strawberries and peaches)
1 1/2 cups milk (can be substituted with oat milk or almond milk though it will change the taste)
1 1/2 cups plain yogurt (regular or Greek yogurt for a thicker smoothie
1 cup orange juice
2 to 3 tbsp. of a little honey or maple syrup for natural sweetness
2 to 3 tbsp. ground flaxseed
Optional: One scoop of your favorite protein powder
Combine all ingredients in a high-powered blender or food processor and process until smooth.
Serve in decorative glasses and with fun smoothie straws (that’s how my kids like to drink it!)
Flax adds a bit of nutty texture to this healthy smoothie. My children love the taste!
But if you haven’t used flax before and aren’t sure about the taste, it’s a good idea to start with a small amount of ground flax seed, about 1-2 tablespoons for each batch of smoothie, and work up from there.
You can use any kind of frozen fruit for your smoothie:
- Mixed Fruit
- And more!
Fresh fruit is a great option as well, but make sure to add some crushed ice.
I hope your family loves this delicious recipe!
Health Benefits of Flaxseeds
Flaxseed’s health benefits come from the fact that it’s high in fiber and omega-3 fatty acids, as well as phytochemicals called lignans. One tablespoon (7 grams) of ground flaxseed contains 2 grams of polyunsaturated fatty acids (including the omega 3s), 2 grams of dietary fiber, and 37 calories.
Flaxseed is commonly used to improve digestive health or relieve constipation. It may also help lower total blood cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein (LDL, or “bad”) cholesterol levels, which may help reduce the risk of heart disease.
Both flaxseed meal and chia seeds contain insoluble fibers, which help promote a healthy digestive tract and can relieve constipation. They are both proven to lower blood sugar levels.
Try these other flax seed smoothie recipes!
- Dairy Free Banana-Berry Smoothie Bowls with Flaxseed
- Peanut Butter and Banana Smoothie
- Blueberry Flaxseed Smoothie
Have some extra flax to use? Try our Rhubarb Flax Muffins!
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Had to hang onto my original photos from this post (below). Photography has sure changed in 11 years! :)