Kids health and nutrition is so important. We want to help our kids have long, healthy lives and a huge part of their growth and development involves nutrition. We’re not perfect around here, but we are striving to have more whole foods, natural ingredients and less processed foods. Part of our diet is smoothies. It’s a great way to pack in nutrients and vegetables your kids wouldn’t necessarily be drawn to. It also exposes them to the flavors so that when they are willing to try vegetables, their pallet has had some exposure. You can start smoothies off with more fruit and then move towards the green ones with more vegetables. I start with a base (either milk or 100% fruit juice) and then I just start throwing in the fruit and veggies. I generally put in spinach, avocado and carrots. It is a great time to try other vegetables like kale, romaine or other greens also. I generally have add a banana. When they’re getting a little too brown to enjoy in their natural state, I stick them in a plastic bag and throw them in the freezer for smoothies. I do the same with strawberries that won’t be eaten in time. I buy big bags of frozen berries. I throw in any other fruit I have on hand – oranges, melons, kiwi, pineapple. I also like to add Greek yogurt (plain – no sugar added) for the added protein and probiotics. You can also throw in extra nutrition with ground flax seed or wheat grass. If it isn’t sweet enough, add honey. I have a great recipe for a banana avocado smoothie on this site. We all love it around here, but the great thing about smoothies is you don’t need a recipe. Just throw in a bunch of fruits and vegetables and you have a whole food treat. My middle child abhors veggies, but she loves every smoothie I make.
Day #139 Tip – Smoothies
May 18, 2012 by 3 Comments