If your kids are the type who would rather run around at lunchtime instead of sit down and eat, a smoothie in a thermos might be just the ticket. They can drink it quickly or sip it on the go. Add a little protein powder or peanut butter for active older kids to make sure they get sustained energy for their long days. These are also a great supplement to a sandwich to make sure kids are getting in their daily produce.

One of the nice things about smoothies is you can substitute ingredients. Different juices, frozen fruit, flavors of yogurt etc. are all interchangeable. These smoothies are suited to last for hours without losing their texture. You will want to avoid using smoothie recipes that include ice for lunch packing, or the smoothie will get watery.

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