I have to start this post by admitting a secret to you all. I am not the best at eating my veggies( I fake it in front of my kids). I have major issues with texture and my parents let me be fairly picky growing up.
I love to eat healthily and know how to eat healthily but definitely, fall short in the veggie area. In comes the spinach smoothies! They help me achieve higher veggie servings. Spinach smoothies also help kiddos that are picky eaters and aren’t getting enough veggies( not just 1 crazy lady).
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My kid eats everything! I made sure she would not follow in my footsteps in that department( find out how here). As a nanny, though, I have had my fair share of picky eaters. One didn’t like meat, one veggies, one didn’t like just about everything! These smoothies were a hit with the kids though and got them the veggies and protein their little growing bodies needed!
How to sneak the veggies and protein in…
The trick to making these smoothies is to not let the kids see you do it. Smart little stinkers will trick their brains into thinking they don’t like it if they see the veggies go in!
Spinach hides very well in smoothies. You don’t taste it at all! I like to add in carrots too, they blend in well. Berries are low in sugar which makes them a great main ingredient as well. Mango and banana are what give this smoothie enough sweetness for the kids to like it. For a boost of fiber, protein and omega’s I add in Ground Chia Seed. It blends well and doesn’t change the taste either.
Some people are okay with the Vanilla Protein and others don’t like the taste so I use the Unflavored Protein. Remember, not all proteins powders are created equal. Here’s a good article to help you choose the right type of protein for your family. Also, consider any diet restrictions when choosing, you may need soy or organic for your family( I love to use subscribe and save through amazon so mine arrives every month. I don’t have to remember to order it and it’s the lowest price!).
Kid Friendly Berry Spinach Smoothie!
- 1 1/2 cups Spinach
- 1/2 cup Carrots
- 1 Banana
- 1/2 cup Frozen Mango
- 1 cup Frozen Berry Blend
- 1 cup Water
- 1/4 cup Ground Chia Seeds
- 1 scoops Protein Powder( for mom)
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 2 Servings
Extra tips to make it just right…
I love to use Ninja Blenders! They are hands down the best I have ever used. I personally use the Ninja PrepMaster blender because it stores and washes easily and doesn’t take up space that I don’t have. The extra blades are great to make the texture smooth. Regular blenders just don’t have the power and blades to do a good job.
These smoothies are great to take on the go. So, I keep lots of cute cups with lids and straws on hand for me and the kids. Choose a cup that the kids can’t see through if they are picky about seeing it too.
As for the mom’s if you are on a diet or trying to slim down these can replace a meal easily. With fruits, veggies, and protein it gives you the nutrition you need while cutting out the carbs.
Drink up! Let me know what you add to your smoothie and if your kids are drinking up their veggies. Also please share your veggie smoothie recipes below! I love to share and love when you share with me( there’s that inner mom of a 2-year-old coming out in me)!