Smoothies are a great way to get vegetables into our kids. Vegetables help keep their immune systems healthy, they help support a strong immune system, they also help our kids developing brains and are just a great way for them to get the best nutrition possible. Smoothies in the mornings are a great way to send the kids off to school ready to face their day. Since it can be a challenge to get kids to drink smoothies at times, here are some tips to help you get your kids to drink them.
Give Your Smoothie a Fun Name
Giving the smoothie a fun name will help your kids feel better about what it is they are drinking. For example, at our house, our smoothies are called Monster Juice. If your child is into fighting, it can be called Green Ninja Juice. You can use whatever your child is into. Be creative.
We often think of kids as being picky, when they are just being kids. They are learning and discovering food, what they like and dislike, or, like so many things in childhood, just a phase they are going through. As parents, we just need to be patient and consistent. Despite these phases, nutritious meals, including vegetables, are important for our children’s growing bodies and brains. Here are some tips to help you get your child to eat more vegetables.
Get Your Kids Involved
Let the kids help make the smoothie. The more they are part of the process the better they will be about wanting to drink it.
Put the Smoothie in a Dark, Colored Cup
Some kids just do not like the color green from the veggies in the smoothie. A way to lessen the tension and anxiety from the color is to put the smoothie in a dark, colored cup.
Start a Little Sweeter
You will primarily only want to use two fruits in your smoothies. But, when you begin making smoothies for your child, go ahead and add another fruit, or maybe some fruit juice. Then, after they have gotten used to drinking smoothies, take that extra sweetness out. This will help get them started in drinking smoothies.
Add Lemon or Pineapple Juice
The greens can be bitter. Adding just a little bit of lemon or pineapple juice can help with that bitterness.
Use A Frozen Fruit In The Smoothie
Smoothies taste better when they are cold. You can use ice in them, but frozen fruit is also a great option. Throw some bananas in the freezer, or have some cherries, blueberries, raspberries, or any fruit in there in there.
Use Red Fruits To Help Color of Smoothie
Another way to help with the green color is to use fruits like cherries, blueberries, and raspberries, anything with a red to it, in the smoothie. This will change the color of the smoothie to a purple.
A basic recipe we use for a smoothie is:
- Spinach or Kale
- 2 Fruits-whichever you would like, but try to have 1 frozen
- Almond or Flax milk or yogurt
- Chia or Flax seeds
You can often find produce on clearance that is close to its sell by date. Grab them and throw them in the freezer. These are great to just add to your smoothies later.
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