The Struggle to Get Kids to Eat Healthy Food // Smooth Solution
It’s tough to get kids to eat all the good things we know they should. Fruits, veggies, greens – you name it. But what if we pulverised all these great nutrients into a delicious smoothie? Hey, it worked for me as a grown man, maybe it can work for kids too!
“Green smoothies provide an easy and accessible way to improve a child’s nutrition without big time commitment. Preparing these healthy drinks takes only a few minutes and one cup can provide several servings of fruits and vegetables, calcium, iron and other vitamins and minerals.” // www.philzendia.com
A good idea is to wean your little ones into it, that is, start with your standard smoothie, and start adding a little bit of greens with berries to mask the green color. Then increase the nutrient dense ingredients as the days and weeks go by.
Some simple fruit and green smoothie combinations you may want to try:
- Spinach, bananas and strawberries (this one is a classic)
- Kale, apples, bananas, and a piece of lemon or lime juice
- Kale, peaches, bananas, and mango
- Romaine lettuce, bananas and cucumbers
- Ripe pears and parsley
- Parsley, celery, pears and apples (www.philzendia.com)
Be sure to add at least a cup of water and a banana is great to create a smooth, creamy texture. This is your base (and a little ice).
“By experimenting with different fruit-greens combinations, you will be able to come up with new variations that everyone in the family can enjoy. The possibilities are practically endless. www.philzendia.com
Here are a few kid-friendly green smoothie recipes for you to try:
- Super Kid Friendly Banana Green Smoothie from Blender Babes
- Kid friendly Green Smoothie Recipe Confessions of a Homeschooler (2 cups Fresh spinach leaves, 2 cups water, 3 cups combination of frozen mango & pineapple chunks, 1 banana, peeled, Optional: 1/2 lemon)
- A Family-Friendly Smoothie For the Morning Rush from POPSUGAR (2 cups vanilla almond, coconut, or soy milk, 1/2 cup whole oats, 1-1/4 cups fresh, frozen, or canned peaches or mango cubes, 1 cup ice cubes, 1 cup baby spinach, loosely packed, 1 tablespoon honey, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 2 bananas)
- Kid Friendly Green Smoothie from Heart of Deborah (2 Kale Leaves, Handful of fresh spinach, 1/2 Banana (frozen or fresh), 1/3 cup of frozen mango chunks, 1/3 cup frozen raspberries (or blueberries), 2/3 cup milk (whole, almond, or substitute with water), 3, Tablespoons Plain Yogurt)
- Kale Smoothie for Kids from In Sonnet’s Kitchen (12 ounces 100% apple juice, 3 – 4 large kale leaves (stem removed), 3 bananas (peel removed),2 cups of ice