Toddler vs. Vegetables: Smoothies

green smoothieSmoothies provide a wonderful way for adults and kids alike to get in several servings of fruit and vegetables. The “green” smoothie became popular several years ago and for good reason. You can throw in the green of your choice (spinach, kale, etc.) into the blender with your smoothie ingredients and boom, you’ve included a serving of vegetables. We prefer spinach at our house because you cannot taste it and because we always have it in the freezer. We like spinach salads, spinach smoothies, sauteed spinach by itself or mixed in with rice, pasta and other dishes. We also put spinach in our eggs and egg muffins.

Smoothies are super easy to make! Just throw your ingredients in the blender and press go! I recommend adding greens, fruit (some frozen for texture but fresh works or a blend of the two), and a liquid (juice, almond milk or water). We also either add yogurt or protein powder most days for an extra punch of protein. Really, it just depends on what we have in our fridge and freezer and our preferences! My husband likes his smoothies with juice, I prefer mine with protein powder and water. Evie gets whatever we make that day!

You can make a super thick smoothie and put into your own refillable pouch for easy sucking down for the kiddos. I typically just pour a little bit of mine into a cup with a straw for Evie. She actually gets really upset if I don’t share with her.

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