Do you have a picky eater? Or the kid that oddly enjoys eating raw broccoli? Either way, this kid friendly green smoothie will be a hit!
I never thought I’d be the parent that would willingly go out of my way to sneak in veggies into my kids’ food. Oh, motherhood, you fickle beast you. Since my son is an ANNOYINGLY picky eater, creativity is the name of the game when it comes to fruits and veggies. Otherwise it’s pasta and goldfish all day.
My pediatrician and I are always brainstorming new ways to incorporate veggies into my son’s diet. Her idea was to let him put a few chocolate chips in the smoothie so he thinks he’s eating candy. And let me tell you, it works.
Step by Step Green Smoothie Recipe
*pick one from each category
Step 1- Liquid (1 cup)
- coconut water
- favorite milk (almond, coconut, cows)
Step 2- Greens (1 handful)
- baby kale
Step 3- Fruit (1 cup, frozen)
- berries (strawberries, cherries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries)
- pineapple, pears or peaches
Step 4- Healthy fats (1 tsp)
- chia seeds
- hemp seeds
- nut butter
Step 5- Chocolate chips (Optional)
- I let my son throw a few dark chocolate chips in the smoothie.
- Place all ingredients in blender and blend until creamy. Adding more liquid or frozen fruit to thin/thicken, respectively.
Makes 1 smoothie. Double the recipe if you need 2 smoothies.
Want it sweeter? Try adding dates or extra banana.
- Always have frozen banana among other fruits and veggies in the freezer. You’ll be ready to make smoothies at all times.
- Having more fruit than greens will help it taste sweeter and can convince picky eaters to give it a try. Eventually add more greens and use less fruit.
- Spinach and baby kale have a more mild flavor but you can always add different greens.
- I always add frozen banana to whatever combo I’m making. Sweetens up the smoothie but also gives it a creamy texture.