One thing that I hear mums talk about time and time again is how to make sure their kids are eating well. I’ve made no secret of the fact my eldest is a very poor eater, and at 3 and a half it remains my biggest challenge with him. I am constantly try to find new ways to make sure he has a balanced diet and encouraging him to try new foods. It is an ongoing battle and one that I know I am not alone in.
Jhogg recently got himself a smoothie maker in an effort to make sure he has some form of breakfast before work. Piglet has shown an interest in having a smoothie too so I’ve decided to capitalise on that. I’ve added to his diet through healthy smoothies in an attempt to boost the vitamins he has. So far it has been a hit! He asks for his “special juice”, and I am happy in the knowledge that since I made them myself I know that there are no nasties in them.
When I first started making them I wasn’t sure what combinations would work well. I’d heard of green smoothies, breakfast smoothies and protein smoothies, but had no idea which kinds of smoothies are best for kids – let alone a fussy one. We now have a few favourites, so if you’re stuck for ideas then check these out!
Easy Smoothie Recipes For Kids
Vegan Breakfast Smoothie
In general, breakfast seems to be the one meal Piglet is happy to eat…… provided it is toast and cereal. I struggle in the knowledge that there is little nutritional value in his breakfast, so adding one these baby breakfast smoothies on the side of his usual choices means I sit back and relax a little. I add a small handful of frozen berries too.
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Blueberry Muffin Smoothie
Breakfast smoothies with oats are proving to be a popular snack for Piglet, although he prefers to have them before bed rather than in the morning. He often doesn’t eat much dinner so I like the fact that he’s going to bed with a full stomach. This blueberry muffin smoothie is a shocking purple colour thanks to the blueberries, but is full of flavour as well as antioxidants. Piglet doesn’t always like blueberries, but so far he hasn’t turned down this smoothie.
Immune Booster Smoothie
One of the things I’ve really noticed since Piglet started nursery was the number of bugs he brings home. He is quite like me and doesn’t seem to get ill, but his poor brother catches constant colds and struggled with bronchiolitis a few times already. This immune booster superfood smoothie has iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium, folate, vitamins A, B6, C and E – so it’s set to look after you from the inside. It has been a hit with both boys and Piglet now asks for his green smoothie.
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Spinach Fruit Smoothie
I always knew that Piglet would like fruit smoothies – fruit is usually his snack of choice. So for me, there was no real benefit of creating smoothies for him without. This easy spinach fruit smoothie recipe gave me the confidence to try something new with him. He hasn’t complained about the addition of the spinach, and I’m happy that he’s getting some extra nutrients!
Peanut Butter & Brazil Nut Smoothie
This nutty smoothie sounds delicious as it is, but since we don’t have any superfood powder it was recommended that we try it with cacao powder instead. It fills the craving for something chocolatey while still maintaining some nutritional value.
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Oatmeal Raisin Smoothie
I have a confession – I don’t like banana. Piglet does, but I wanted to find a smoothie that I could enjoy with him. This oatmeal raisin smoothie is mega tasty and reminds me of the cookies. It reminds me more of a milkshake rather than a smoothie, and that just makes it all the more delicious.
Vegan Smoothie Ice Lollies
Since it is summer Piglet is asking for ice creams and ice lollies regularly. I have noticed that E numbers (and potentially excessive sugar too) really affect his behaviour and ability to concentrate, and so I’m trying to keep them to a minimum. This recipe for Homemade Smoothie Ice Lollies With Vegan Yogurt is quick and simple to whip up at home and pop in the freezer. Personally, we have made it with natural yoghurt rather than vegan and have used honey to sweeten as both my boys are over the age of 1.
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