Getting 5-10 servings of fruits and vegetables can be a challenge, even when you’re an adult. Trying to ensure your picky eater is getting their full serving each day can be downright daunting.
Enter the versatile smoothie to the rescue.
I love smoothies!
And while I personally enjoy consuming a smoothie I REALLY love feeding smoothies to my kids.
They’re the perfect way to add in extra fruits and veggies into your kid’s diet without any fuss. And, my kids think that they’re a blast to make.
My top smoothie making tips
1. Don’t go overboard with the veggies.
As tempting as it is to start making green smoothies for your kids, try to restrain yourself. Start with fruit only kid-friendly recipes and then gradually make the transition to more complex recipes.
2. Skip the expensive add in’s
While chia seeds and bee pollen may seem like great additives skip them for now. While they may add additional nutritional benefits they aren’t essential. More importantly, they are expensive and there is no guarantee that every smoothie you make your kids will like.
3. Get your kids involved in the whole process.
My kids love to help make smoothies and will run to the kitchen to help add ingredients to the blender. It’s a super easy way to get them involved in meal prep and even your toddler is able to help out.
4. Don’t hide the ingredients
I’m a firm believer of not hiding veggies in my kid’s food. Smoothies should be no different. Once you have your kids hooked on fruit smoothies and involved in making them start introducing recipes with veggies. Be very open about what you’re adding to each smoothie. It’s true that some veggie smoothies may get rejected. But, you would be surprised how many combinations your family is willing to try.
An added bonus may be that once your picky has accepted a veggie in a smoothie they may be more willing to try that same vegetable in other forms.