If you have read some of my other posts, you’ll know that I’m a huge fan of smoothies. Not only have I lost 5 pounds and kept it off since switching to smoothies for breakfast, but I love knowing I’m getting in a bunch of servings of fruits and vegetables in one easy and delicious drink! So why not start your kids’ day with a healthy kid-friendly smoothie too?
Making smoothies for my kids is a no-brainer! Can you say that your kid eats a cup of spinach for breakfast every morning?
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If your kids are up for it, you could try adding a protein powder for a little extra staying power. I have tried a bunch of different ones and didn’t like the chalky taste, but then I found Vega Protein and Greens and haven’t looked back. It has a delicious light vanilla flavor and no chalkiness. Now I will admit that my oldest doesn’t care for smoothies with this added, but my youngest loves it.
If your kids are hesitant, here are a few tips that have helped me:
- My kids are used to seeing green smoothies by now, but if your little ones turn their nose up at the color, use a fun colored cup so they can’t see the color. Spinach doesn’t add any flavor, so once they are okay with the color you’re golden.
- There is no harm in adding a bit of raw Cacao powder for a kick of chocolate taste without the sugar.
- Use a straw! There is something so much more fun about drinking from a straw. Of course, save the planet and buy reusable straws and a straw cleaner.
- 100% orange juice, V8 Fusion fruit and vegetable juices, honey, pure maple syrup, and cinnamon are easy and healthy ways to sweeten a smoothie if necessary.
- Don’t underestimate the power of a frozen banana. It will make the smoothie creamy and add a natural sweetness.
Now I won’t lie, we’ve definitely had some smoothie fails, but these are some of our tried-and-true favorites that I think your kids will love too! Also be sure to check out my Healthy Smoothie Pinterest board for more ideas!
- Banana Berry Spinach Smoothie – My own recipe!
- Peach Carrot smoothie – if you have fresh peaches this smoothie is a must. I’ve left out the yogurt before to make it dairy-free and it still tasted great.
- Carrot Orange Smoothie – You probably have all these ingredients on hand. Carrots, an orange, orange juice, and a banana. Easy and tasty!
- Spinach Avocado Smoothie – This one is definitely green, but the sweet pear and and orange juice easily disguises the fact that your kiddo is getting a healthy dose of spinach and avocado!
- Cherry Pineapple Smoothie – You can’t go wrong with an all-fruit smoothie if you are still getting your kids used to the idea. Once they love this one, add some spinach for an extra healthy kick!
- Blueberry Muffin Green Smoothie – This one uses my favorite plant-based protein powder, Vega Protein and Greens. Of course you can leave it out or sub your own favorite. I also leave out the coconut flakes because I’m not a fan. Otherwise it’s a super yummy breakfast treat!
I hope you and your kids enjoy these smoothies and enjoy coming up with your own variations!