Simple Smoothies for the Whole Family

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Does your little one (or significant other) not like eating their vegetables? Do you want your family to start their day off right? Are you someone who has to take their breakfast on the go?

If your answer to any of these questions was “yes”, then I have a solution for you! Smoothies! Smoothies are a wonderful way to pack in some extra fruits and veggies into your and your family’s diets.

The smoothie shown here was made with:

  • Tropical blend frozen fruit (peaches, mangoes, pineapple, and bananas)
  • Organic chopped kale
  • 100% apple juice
  • Chia seeds

The beauty about green smoothies like this is that they are so versatile! They can be made with any frozen fruit of your choice, any liquid of your choice, any green of your choice, and any add-ins (like my chia seeds) that you want! Just blend together until completely combined!

A sample list of these can include any of the following:

 Frozen fruits

  • Bananas
  • Strawberries (Watch out for children younger than 12 months! Some doctors recommend waiting until 12 months of age to introduce strawberries due to an allergen risk.)
  • Blueberries
  • Blackberries
  • Raspberries
  • Peaches
  • Pineapple
  • Mango
  • Kiwi
  • And many more!

Greens and vegetables

  • Kale
  • Swiss Chard
  • Spinach
  • Arugula
  • Avocado
  • Carrots
  • Sweet peas
  • Cooked Pumpkin
  • Cooked Sweet Potato
  • And many more!

Liquids:

  • 100% Fruit Juice
  • Milk (I recommend plant-based milks over dairy milk, but the choice is up to you!)
  • Iced Tea (I recommend green tea, but due to caffeine content this is not a good choice for little ones)
  • Iced Coffee (Again, not recommended for little ones due to caffeine.)
  • Or just plain old water!

Add-ins:

  • Seeds (including chia seeds, flax seeds, shelled pumpkin seeds, and unsalted sunflower seeds) **POSSIBLE ALLERGEN**
  • Nuts or nut butters (I like almonds the best, but unsalted walnuts, pistachios, pecans,  and peanuts can also be delicious) **POSSIBLE ALLERGEN**
  • Protein powder (not recommended for little ones)
  • Yogurt **POSSIBLE ALLERGEN**
  • Honey or Dates (as natural sweeteners)
  • Cocoa powder
  • And many more!

**Recipe Tips**

  • If you find your smoothie mixture is too thick, just try adding more liquid and re-blend.
  • As buying frozen fruit can often be expensive, try buying fresh fruits that are in season and freezing them for the future. If you already have fresh fruit, but no frozen fruit, you can blend your smoothie with some extra ice to get the same effect.
  • For children who can’t yet suck out of a straw, there are a couple options. You can cut the opening of a bottle or soft-tipped sippy cup a little wider to allow your children to drink the thicker liquid. I go with the option of adding less liquid to create a little thicker mixture and spoon feeding it to my son. He loves it so much, it is almost like a healthier version of a slushie or ice cream!
  • Always check online or with your doctor for possible allergens. Allergic reactions are terrifying, especially for a a parent taken off-guard.

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