Last week we talked about The Smoothie – and how delightful it is for your kids to receive one in a lunch box. But a GREEN SMOOTHIE FOR KIDS? How do you think they’d feel about THAT one? Would it completely gross them out before they even had a chance to try it?
Benefits of green smoothies for kids include: getting veggies in your kids they wouldn’t have otherwise, loads of nutrients and oxygen and digestible goodness in a glass, a great way to hide other good stuff, and the fact that they can say they’re drinking a green smoothie 🙂
I’m here to tell you…you CAN get kids drinking green smoothies. They may hesitate at first. The colour alone could be enough for them to reject it. But if you can find a way for them to try THIS green smoothie recipe…you’re in for a home run. I promise. (My kids beg me for it. Weird!)
It’s all about the props, sometimes. Colourful straws, funky containers, freezing them in tubes.
Or it’s about HIDING. Use dark berries to change its colour – they won’t have a CLUE there are greens hiding in there. Bahahahah!! (evil laugh)
Either way…a green smoothie for kids IS possible. You can also get them involved in its creation. Kids LOVE making smoothies. They just do!
And for the adults in your life – and maybe this is you – that can’t get past the green colour either…this is the perfect “starter green smoothie” – if you want to give it a go.
Tropical Green Smoothie For Kids
- ½ ripe fresh mango, peeled & diced (frozen okay) – OR peaches
- ½ cup diced fresh pineapple
- handful baby spinach (OR 6 frozen strawberries for no-green)
- 1 ½ cups homemade coconut milk or milk or water or milk alternative
- 1 banana (optional – for extra sweetness/creaminess)
- 1 Tbsp flaxseed, coconut or hempseed oil (OR hemp hearts)
Blend well. If you have a small blender combine spinach and liquid first – THEN add the other goods. If you aren’t using frozen fruit add an ice cube or two. If you’ve tried this and they wouldn’t drink it add some blueberries next time – to hide the greens.
DO YOUR KIDS DRINK GREEN SMOOTHIES? Have you tried it yet? Please leave a comment below and share your experience.