Smoothies are a great way to get extra fruits & veggies into your kiddo’s diet. Let’s face it, even the best eaters can always benefit from extra greens.
Since it’s the New Year, a lot of families have made great resolutions to get themselves into more healthy eating. Smoothies, especially green ones, are a fantastic way to slowly adapt your kiddo’s taste buds to more nutrient dense, whole foods by combining something sweet (fruit) with the nutritional, power punch of greens. You can adjust the level of greens as you go & before you know it, you’ll be drinking more than you ever could have imagined!
Smoothies are also a really great way to introduce your kids to new veggies they might be more hesitant to try.
When introducing new foods to kids I have a great philosophy: go with the sure thing then throw in the wild card.
If you’re nervous about your kid’s reaction to drinking greens (or beets!) I say go with the sure thing: Recipe 1. You’ve got your ripe banana & your sweet orange. Chances are the baby spinach will barely be noticed aside from the bright green color! If you think it might taste too bitter for your kiddo, start with less greens & work your way up!
If you’ve got a pretty adventurous kiddo who already loves their smoothies, then I suggest Recipe 2. The red chard is super mild & the blueberries totally cover up the taste of the beet (plus beets are sweet)! For smoothies I like the freshly cooked beets from LoveBeets (Lovebeets.com). They are sweet & soft! But I’ve definitely used a raw, peeled beet before too!
Do your kids love drinking their greens? What are you favorite recipes?
Trisha is a military wife & stay at home mom to 4 kiddos. She blogs over at Eat Your Beets where she gets to write about her 4 favorite things: food, fashion, kids & family. She lives by her self proclaimed motto: Eat Intuitively, Live Adventurously, Love Furiously.