Seriously, this could be a parent’s dream come true. Can you see it now? Your kids sitting down and drinking a smoothie full of fruits (and maybe a few veggies too.)
I have the best, unexpected story and it happened just this weekend. I’ve been so excited to share this with you so sit back and listen to this one, because this is proof positive that you can also make fruit smoothies kids will love.
We had out of state friends stay with us Friday night and we invited other families to join us for a BBQ and a big giant playdate for the kids (both big and small.)
As the time to prepare dinner rolled around, I was asking each child what they would prefer to eat. You know, the typical Friday night BBQ choice. A hamburger or a hotdog. This process was going along without a hitch until I get to a little boy who says, “I would like a smoothie, please.”
At first I thought someone had set him up to say this to me, but after going through a short list of other food options he could have (I even offered to make him chicken nuggets,) he insisted that all he wanted for dinner was a smoothie.
I must admit that I was taken a little off guard, but I can do this, right!? I have a lot of recipes and I have all the ingredients in my freezer. The light bulb turns on and I realize I have a house full of available smoothie testers under the age of 10…Oooooh, I can make a fruit smoothie, and see how all seven kids at my house like this smoothie concoction. I admit, it sounds a little sinister, doesn’t it? But, I whipped up a fruit smoothie…
Success! Everyone loved it.
I was pleasantly surprised (honestly, downright giddy) when this smoothie recipe was requested by our overnight guests to be made for breakfast the very next morning. The second biggest compliment was my testers even wanted their parents to ask me for the recipe. Yeeess!
Fruit Smoothies Kids Love-Recipe
- 8-10 oz of liquid: water, coconut water, almond, soy or milk
- 1 peeled banana: either fresh or frozen
- 1/4 cup of strawberries
- 1/4 cup of pineapple
- 1/4 cup of pomegranate
- 1/4 cup of cherries
- 1/4 cup of blueberries
- 1/4 cup of raspberries
- Large scoop of yogurt (optional)
- Large handful of spinach or kale (optional)
- 2 tablespoons of flaxseed
- 1/4 cup of oats (I added the oats for the breakfast smoothie)
- Handful of ice
Blend until it is a smooth and creamy texture.
If you are fortunate enough to have a Costco near you, they have a bag of these fruits (minus the pineapple,) all organic and all combined in one bag in the freezer section called the Antioxidant Blend. If you find a frozen Antioxidant Blend, I would recommend using 1-2 cups and just add the banana, pineapple and other ingredients.
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Smoothie Succeses-Small Nutritional Steps Forward
As parents, we care about our kid’s health, healthy eating and teaching them to make better nutritional choices. I know at times it feels daunting and frustrating, but keep in mind that these life lessons happen by making baby steps.
Each little success we have-that’s a step forward. I hope that with a little encouragement we can all take these small steps forward to have healthy and happy children.
Each step forward is a success and a reason to celebrate!
Please share with us how your family makes small nutritional steps forward. Do you have any wisdom or advice that would help us teach our children to make healthy choices? Does your family enjoy smoothies? Do you have a favorite fruit smoothie recipe kids love to share with us?