As parents, we’re always looking for ways to help our kids to eat healthy. These delicious green smoothies allow kids to eat healthy while also getting in their greens, and they won’t even know it. Green smoothies, which take about 5 minutes to make, provide a quick, healthy breakfast that can save time and provide a great healthy start for your family each day.
Create fun names for your smoothies: When kids get to name their green smoothies, they take on much more ownership over them. If they have a favorite cartoon character, they can use that character in the name of their smoothies, such as Spongebob Smoothie.
Prepare smoothies together: It can be fun to allow kids to help with the preparation of their smoothies. They can help wash fruits and veggies, and even pick out which fruits or greens that they want in their green smoothie.
Serve it in fun smoothie cups: Purchase fun smoothie cups that children can use. This includes cute, decorative straws and fun creative cups. If they are taking their smoothie with them, be sure it has a lid on it to ensure freshness for a few hours.
Make it a challenge: We know how much kids love challenges. So, challenge them to have a green smoothie every day. At the end of the week, offer a reward if they drink all their green smoothies each day.
Use kid-friendly recipes: Start with smoothies that you know they’ll love. If they have one that they don’t like, it will be very hard to get them to try another green smoothie. Adding spinach is great, because it’s the mildest tasting green. Additionally, fruits like pineapples, mangos, and peaches add great sweetness to a green smoothie. Below are a few of my favorite kid-friendly green smoothie recipes.
3 Kid-Friendly Green Smoothie Recipes
Chocolate Banana Smoothie
2 handfuls greens (spinach)
1½ cups water
2 bananas, peeled and frozen
1 cup hazelnut butter
4 large pitted dates
¼ cup raw cacao powder
Berry Almond Smoothie
1 handful greens (spinach)
1½ cups almond milk
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
2 cups frozen mixed berries
¼ cup goji berries
6 large pitted dates
1 packet stevia
With these tips, your entire family will be able to enjoy green smoothies, start their day energized and establish healthy eating habits that they can maintain for life.