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Easy Smoothie Recipes Kids Will Love

Easy Smoothie Recipes Kids LoveAre you a parent trying to get your kids to eat more fruits and vegetables? Are you always trying to find creative ways to squeeze just a little more nutrition into their daily diets?  These tips for easy smoothie recipes kids will love could be just the solution you need.

Get Your Kids Involved

For starters, I really like to get my kids involved in our smoothie making process.  They like to go with me to the grocery store or farmers market and select what fruit tickles their fancy that day. When we get home I let them help clean our day’s selection of fruit and vegetables and package everything back up to either freeze or use within the next few days for fresh fruit smoothies. This time together is priceless and I enjoy the fact that they are actually looking forward to getting what they’d like to make for their week’s smoothie mixtures. 

Basic Flavor Tips

Let’s face it, kids enjoy the sweeter fruit smoothies and especially like their drinks to have pleasant colors. Parents, we must be clever on how we add greens to these smoothies, but don’t worry, I’m here to tell you it can be done. Just by following even just one or a few of these tips and starting with these basic recipe mixtures, you will find your kids begging you to make a smoothie for breakfast, packed in their lunch box or for a snack that makes you both smile.

  • The easiest way to make sweet and smooth textured smoothies is by adding a banana. The riper the banana, the sweeter. If you are going to freeze your bananas right away, select bananas that are yellow with just a few brown spots. If you are going to use fresh bananas, try to keep in mind the number of days you will need them and start with greener bananas that will ripen over the appropriate amount of time.
  • Berries and lots of them. Strawberries, blueberries and raspberries make for colorful and sweet smoothies.
  • Adding just a little local honey to a smoothie helps to overcome the sweetness factor and adds a thicker texture.
  • Using juice, almond milk or even vanilla almond milk as the 8-12 oz of liquid base convinces kids to quickly “buy into” the smoothie program.
  • Greek yogurt or non fat yogurt is a favorite at my house, especially when it is vanilla flavored. But, adding yogurt is always optional.
  • If you are looking to add greens, start slowly with just a few leaves and slowly increasing over time. We have found the best green to start with is baby spinach.
  • Vanilla extract, just a dash or a 1/4 teaspoon can really create a wonderful flavor in a smoothie.

Easy Smoothie Recipes Kids LoveBe creative and play around with adding the above ingredients to your smoothies. If your kids take a sip and then give you the “look,” just take the unused smoothie mixture in the pitcher and add a little bit more of an ingredient they like, re-blend and have them try it again. Finding the perfect mixture and concoction is an art, but well worth the time invested to find what your family enjoys best. 

You’re going to want to use a quality blender for smoothies for these recipes. Where can you find one? Easy, head over to our top 10 blenders for smoothies page!

 

Want recipes that kids will think are awesome?  Here are the top three all time favorites.

Kids Fav # 1

  • 8-12 oz of liquid base: Coconut water, water, juice or almond or soy milk
  • 1 Banana: frozen or fresh
  • Handful of fresh or frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 – 1 full cup of pineapple
  • Coconut to taste: I have used 1/4 cup of shredded coconut that is used for baking or you could use fresh coconut too
  • 1 Tablespoon local honey
  • Handful of ice

Add all ingredients in your blender jar and blend until smooth.

Kids Fav # 2

  • 8-12 oz of liquid base: Coconut water, water, juice or almond or soy milk
  • 1/2 – 1 full cup of fresh or frozen mango
  • 1 Banana: frozen or fresh
  • 1/2 – 1 full cup of pineapple
  • Handful of baby spinach
  • Handful of ice

Place your ingredients in your blender jar and blend until smooth.

Kids Fav #3

  • 1 cup of fresh pineapple
  • Handful of seedless grapes
  • 1 Tablespoon of frozen peas
  • 1/2 cup of baby spinach
  • Pinch of kale (especially if you are looking to start adding kale-this is a good transition)
  • Handful of ice
  • Greek plain or vanilla yogurt (optional)

With all of the ingredients in your blender jar, blend until mixture is smooth. If your mixture is too thick, add additional pineapple juice. 

Just remember to make it fun and keep it simple. Everyone, even kids can learn how to eat healthy and make the best food choices. Even the pickiest of eaters can start to enjoy smoothies with a little time and persistence. 

Are you looking for even more delicious smoothie recipes that are sure to delight your kids?

Smoothie Recipes for KidsIf you’re looking for more delicious smoothie recipes that your kids will love, check out this book from Amazon. It features more than 200 sugar-free recipes that your kids can enjoy and you can feel good about as they will aid in their nutrition.

If you would more kids smoothie recipes here at smoothiesandblenders.com feel free to check out some breakfast smoothie recipes kids will love and also 2 more smoothie recipes for kids that have been a success for me.

 

Conclusion

Do you have any kid friendly recipes that have hit your awesome list? Has your family tried any of the recommended tips? Did you find that you enjoyed one over another? We would love to hear your thoughts, ideas, tips and recipes. Please leave your comments in the section below.

2 comments

  1. My question has to do with those blenders that blend whole vegetables to a liquid like vitamix has. The rpm ‘s or speed has to be high and the blade construction good. Some I guess are faster than others. I think these blenders make the juicers take a back seat to the additional vitamins realized from the pulp too !

    • Excellent point Scotty as the speed of the blender can certainly help with the overall consistency as well as the nutritional value gained from the food you put in it. The most important part as far as nutrition is concerned for having the pulp in your smoothies is the fiber content and how it aids in the digestion of food. Fiber also helps stabilize your blood sugar. If you would like to see some more information about blending vs juicing, please take a moment to look over this post.

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