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Healthy Kid-Friendly Smoothies

Healthy Kid-Friendly Smoothies

Encouraging the smallest members of your family to eat enough vegetables and fruits can sometimes — okay, always — be a bit of a challenge. One of the easiest and simplest ways for you to fit bunches of fresh, healthful produce into their diet? Smoothies. Tasty, smooth, and sweet, one drink can be packed with serving after serving of vegetables, and your kids won’t even notice them.

10 Kid-Friendly Smoothies (Slideshow)

Most of our smoothies use just fruit for their sweetness, but there are lots of options if your kids have a more powerful sweet tooth. Instead of pouring in regular sugar for added sweetness, try blending in coconut sugar, honey, or lucuma powder, which is a low-gylcemic index option. For a brown sugar flavor, you can always add a bit of honey mixed with blackstrap molasses — which has the added benefit of boosting iron content.

There’s a reason everyone is so obsessed with kale right now: it’s stuffed with 45 different flavonoids, packed with antioxidants, and full of fiber — this is a great ingredient to incorporate into your kids’ diet, but on its own, the stuff tastes like peppery, bitter dirt, which is not exactly a kid magnet. We’ve written before about ways to make kale smoothies you actually want to drink — there are some excellent tricks to masking kale’s flavor. One simple solution is to freeze kale in advance, which softens the leaf’s bitter flavor. Incorporate pungent, sweet fruit — especially pineapple and strawberries — in order to cover up the flavor some. Almond, cashew, or peanut butter can also mask the flavor while boosting protein.

The following recipes are only suggestions; play with your blender and figure out what consistencies and combinations your family enjoys. Some kids like a thicker smoothie, almost the consistency of a shake, whereas others prefer their smoothies so thin they’re practically juices. You can always adjust your ingredients to suit your and your children’s preferences. All of the various milks we call for (almond, soy, coconut, dairy) can be substituted for each other depending on your child’s needs and allergies.

Note: Some of these recipes call for honey, which is not recommended for children under 12 months.

So sweet and delicious, your kids won’t even know how healthy this drink is: packed with protein, vitamin D, and vitamin C, this is one treat you’ll feel great about giving them.

Creamsicle Smoothie Recipe

So sweet and delicious, your kids won’t even know how healthy this drink is: packed with protein, vitamin D, and vitamin C, this is one treat you’ll feel great about giving them.

Click here for our Creamsicle Smoothie Recipe

Chocolate-Almond Smoothie Recipe

This smoothie tastes like dessert, but is really packed with flavonoids, vitamin E, and tons of protein. We won’t tell you if you don’t.

Click here for our Chocolate-Almond Smoothie Recipe

Jess Novak is the Drink Editor of The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @jesstothenovak


How to Make a Green Smoothie for Kids

Green smoothies, like our Basic Green Smoothie and Cherry Pineapple Smoothie, can completely transform how we get fresh fruits and veggies into our kids’ growing bodies.

This post teaches you everything you need to know to make consistently-great green smoothies that kids will actually like! First, let’s talk nutrition.


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I attempt to make foods that are not only child friendly, however are likewise simple to reheat considering that my partner works lengthy hrs as well as often eats behind our kids. Make use of reduced-fat cheese and also ground turkey for a lighter variation if you like.


Avoid or Limit These Superfoods

Just because certain ingredients are nutritional powerhouses for you does not mean they are necessarily great for your kids. Most healthy foods are fine, but there are a few superfoods that you should avoid or limit in making kid-friendly smoothies. Cacao, for instance, contains stimulant compounds which can be harmful in large quantities. Avoid cacao altogether for very young children and toddlers. Use small amounts for your older children. You can substitute carob if you are concerned about using cacao.

Another superfood to be cautious with is maca. This medicinal root has long been used as a supplement to improve sexual function and libido, which means that it affects hormones. Evidence as to whether it is safe for children is limited, so avoid using this with very small children. Giving small amounts to older children is probably fine.

Spirulina, which is a blue-green algae packed with protein, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, is a great smoothie supplement for adults. The safety of spirulina in children is largely untested. As with maca, giving small amounts to older children is probably fine.

Honey is a great natural sweetener for smoothies and is fine for kids over 12 months of age. Infants under one year may be at risk for developing a botulism infection from honey. The spores of the bacteria that cause botulism are sometimes found in honey. Young infants can’t defend against them, but older babies, kids, and adults can. Any kind of product with honey in it should be avoided in infants.


Creative Kid-Friendly Smoothies

Making smoothies fun can start with the Smoothiest TikTok page. With nearly a quarter of a million followers, the account features vibrantly colored smoothies, simple recipe ingredients, and mesmerizing mixing videos. From a pink lemonade smoothie bowl਌omplete with a mermaid&aposs tail to a nature&aposs cereal smoothie topped with fruit, the page offers a wide variety of options. Whether you watch the smoothies mix or create your own concoctions along with the videos, you&aposll find lots of fruits and veggies for healthy options as well. Each smoothie or smoothie bowl is created in video steps: ingredients, mixing, and decorating before serving.


The Easy Smoothie Recipes

Give these kid-friendly smoothie recipes a try, which include a mix of our fun ideas and those from some of our favorite food bloggers. Swap out ingredients for your kids’ favorites, while sneaking in veggies they won’t even taste. As you mix and match, just remember, the ideal smoothie recipe is: Protein + fruit + veggie + fat + liquid + natural sweetener (optional)

Chocolate Blueberry Smoothie

2 scoops Chocolate Healthy Height Protein Powder

1/2 cup frozen blueberries

1/2 cup frozen chopped spinach

1/2 cup milk or milk substitute

Delicious Peanut Butter, Chocolate and Banana Smoothie

2 scoops of Healthy Height Chocolate

1 Tablespoons peanut butter (can use any nut-butter)

Note: Remember to add veggies to this one!

Cotton Candy Smoothie

2 cups frozen strawberries

1/2 cup frozen cauliflower

1/2 cup plain or vanilla yogurt

Protein-Powered Strawberry Banana Smoothie

2 scoops vanilla Healthy Height powder

Note: Remember to add veggies to this one!

Paleo Pina Colada Smoothie

2 cups pineapple chunks fresh or frozen

2 cup coconut milk canned

1/2 large lime juice and zest

1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

1/2 cup ice if using fresh pineapple

2 scoops vanilla protein powder optional

Note: Remember to add veggies to this one!

Peach Quinoa Smoothie Ingredients

1/4 cup cooked and cooled quinoa

1 cup peach or vanilla yogurt

Note: Remember to add veggies to this one!

Healthy Green Smoothie for Kids

1/4 cup pineapple juice use the juice from the canned pineapple

1 cup packed fresh baby spinach

Note: *If using fresh pineapple, omit pineapple juice, increase water to 3/4 cup, and add a teaspoon of honey. And don’t forget to add protein to this one. Try Healthy Height Vanilla!

Orange Creamsicle Smoothie

2 scoops Vanilla Healthy Height Protein Powder

1/2 cup milk or milk substitute

Chocolate Spinach Smoothie

1-1/2 tablespoons dark chocolate cocoa powder

1/2 cup frozen blueberries

Note: This recipe makes two servings.

Oatmeal Breakfast Smoothie

1/4 cup old-fashioned oats (raw)

1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt

3/4 cup frozen strawberries or ½ cup frozen blueberries

3/4 cup milk of choice (dairy, almond, etc.)

Note: Remember to add veggies to this one!


Conclusion

These smoothies for kids are great for all ages. Your toddler may love a green smoothie, and your spouse may like the toddler smoothies… hey, whatever it takes right? What I’m trying to say here is that all the smoothies are safe for all ages, pregnant and nursing moms too!

If you’re looking to get your family to eat healthier, try starting with one of these healthy smoothies for kids. They make great snacks and desserts, and even meals (they’re that filling and nutritious!)

We would love to hear all about which are your kid’s favorites, take a pic of them drinking a smoothie and post it on Instagram, be sure to tag me (@audreyjohns ) so I can cheer your little ones on for eating healthy, I’ll cheer you on too! XO


Tropical Kale Smoothie

  • Author: Ciara Attwell @ My Fussy Eater
  • Prep Time: 2 mins
  • Total Time: 2 mins
  • Yield: 1 1 x
  • Category: Drinks
  • Cuisine: European

Description

A tasty dairy free smoothie packed with kale, pineapple, mango and melon. A super delicious and healthy start to the day!

Ingredients

  • 2 cup s fresh kale
  • 1 cup frozen exotic tropical fruit (mango, pineapple, melon, etc)
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup coconut water

Instructions

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Healthy Smoothies For Kids

I made four different flavoured smoothies using a mixture of frozen fruit, fresh bananas and even some sneaky hidden veggies too!

All these smoothies are perfect to serve as part of breakfast for the whole family or even as an afternoon snack too.

I’ve set out the full recipes below and also check out my video showing exactly how I make them!

Quinoa Berry Smoothie

The first smoothie I made was this delicious Quinoa Berry Smoothie. I used frozen berries which are more affordable and convenient than fresh berries. Especially at this time of year and also cooked quinoa and greek yogurt for an added protein boost.

Tropical Green Smoothie

The second smoothie was this really tasty Tropical Green Smoothie. It’s the perfect smoothie in which to hid spinach for kids as the fruits make it super sweet!

Carrot & Orange Smoothie

Next up is my favourite Carrot & Orange Smoothie. I used Waitrose’s Sunshine Smoothie Mix which has carrot, mango, kiwi and butternut squash.

Then I added in some leftover cooked carrot and some orange juice for a delicious drink that’s sure to put a spring in your step in the morning! I also added some golden linseeds for added fibre and omega 3.

Chocolate Chia Smoothie

My fourth and final smoothie is this Chocolate Chia Smoothie. It tastes just like a chocolate milkshake! But is packed full of protein, fibre and omega 3’s and makes a delicious afternoon treat for kids!

For lots more information on the Waitrose Good Health range along with recipes ideas and inspiration check out their website.

And don’t forget to check out my video too:

Disclaimer: I have been compensated for my time spent working on this campaign with Waitrose but all thoughts and opinions are honest and are my own.

If you try any of these recipes, please do leave me a comment and a star rating below.

You can also share your pictures with me on on Instagram. I always love to see your creations!


Tips To Make Healthy Smoothies Appealing For Kids

If you want to ensure that your children are hooked to healthy smoothies, here are a few tricks you can use.

  1. When you are introducing your kids to smoothies, make sure the ingredients are to their liking. If they love chocolate, make a chocolate-flavored smoothie with a dash of fruit.
  1. Make the idea of smoothies exciting – get your children involved in the process. Let them make smoothies with fruits of their choice, on the condition that they will drink it. Guide them to make sure that the smoothie they make is edible.
  1. If your child does not like eating vegetables, you can disguise the tastes of vegetables with fruits or dairy products like cream or yogurt. For example, if you want to add broccoli or spinach to the smoothie, you can add a strawberry, banana, or grapefruit to give it a sweet and tangy flavor.
  1. To make smoothies fun during summer, you can make popsicles from them.

Smoothies can be a great way of including more fruits and vegetables in your child’s diet. If your child is a fussy eater, then smoothies may help replenish the food your child left at the table during their last meal. Remember to keep smoothies healthy by avoiding artificial colors and sweeteners. Keeping it natural is the ideal choice for your child’s good health.

Try our recipes for healthy smoothies for kids and let us know what you think! Do write to us in the comments section below.