Want an easy way to squeeze in some extra fruits and veggies? Try these simple and delicious smoothies that even your pickiest eaters will love!
I love making smoothies for my kids. They make an easy meal or snack and are a great way to squeeze in some extra fruits and veggies.
But when I first started making them, I over-complicated things. I wanted to put in “all the healthy things” and make the ultimate meal.
So I did what I thought was best and crammed way too many ingredients into each one. A few fruits, several veggies, peanut butter, chia seeds, flax seeds, yogurt, oats…and on and on.
Well, they all tasted the same and my kids got sick of them.
I finally realized that in order to keep smoothies on the menu, I needed to SIMPLIFY. (Isn’t that the key to so many things in motherhood?) I found that I can still use many of those ingredients, but they don’t all have to be in ONE smoothie!
Instead, we now rotate between several flavors that are all healthy AND simple. And you know what? They’re all a success! And they work with even my pickiest eaters.
I wanted to share our 5 favorite smoothies with you today. They’re simple, healthy and make great breakfasts or snacks. In fact, they’re so good, you just might find yourself making extras for you!
And you know what else I love to do with these smoothies? Freeze them!
If you’ve never done smoothie popsicles with your kids, you’ve got to give them a try. They’re great in the summer and even better as a part of a school lunch!
I send frozen smoothies in my kids’ lunch boxes all the time. They’re always a hit. And I love knowing my kids are getting something healthy as the main part of their meal.
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As for supplies, this is the blender I use. It’s big so I can make enough for all of my kids (or enough for several popsicles). It’s also easy to maintain and clean, which is a must in my book. And it even comes with individual cups for smaller batches!
And we’ve used these silicone popsicle molds for years. They’re the best. Just make sure to leave a little room since the smoothies expand when they freeze!
When we’re ready to pack them in a lunch, we stick them in the EasyLunchboxes containers. (For a complete list of all of our favorite lunchbox supplies check out this post.) Then we fill the rest of the container with a few healthy sides and my kids are set with a full and delicious lunch!
So whether your kids will be drinking smoothies or eating them frozen, here are 5 simple and delicious recipes they will love:
5 SIMPLE AND DELICIOUS SMOOTHIES
All you need are a few ingredients and a blender and you’ll be able to whip up these tasty smoothies in no time. No fancy ingredients or long recipe lists here!
This one comes first for a reason. It’s my kids’ favorite. And it includes one of the best ingredients: chia seeds! They’ve got fiber, protein, Omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants…I mean, talk about power seeds!
Tip: If chia seeds are new in your child’s diet, start with smaller amounts and work up to the full tablespoon.
You can’t go wrong by mixing peanut butter and banana. And this smoothie is no exception.
This recipe calls for either regular peanut butter or PB2 (powdered peanut butter). If you haven’t tried powdered peanut butter before, it’s an excellent addition to shakes. It adds all the flavor and healthy protein of regular peanut butter, but with only a third of the calories and 13% of the fat!
I first tried this one with my kids because it’s nicknamed “The Incredible Hulk Smoothie”. And it was a success! A smoothie that’s green doesn’t have to be a turnoff. Give it a fun name, and kids won’t mind it as much. Especially once they see how delicious it is!
The trick to green smoothies is to add a great tasting fruit. Then you can stuff it with nutritious greens and the smoothie will still taste amazing.
Get your blender ready!
These 5 recipes run on repeat around here. They’re delicious, healthy and EASY! And they please even the pickiest eaters while squeezing in some extra fruits and veggies.
And remember to try adding these simple and delicious smoothies to school lunches for a new way of serving them! Check out this post for even more healthy and easy lunchbox ideas.
Do your kids like smoothies? What other tricks do you use for squeezing in extra fruits and veggies into your kids’ diets?
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