Need to sneak more fruit and veggies into your kids' daily diet? Then you're going to need these quick, easy and delicious smoothie recipes!
If plonking a bowl of fruit in front of your child causes immediate shrieks of horror (theirs not yours), and a side order of veg induces a toddler meltdown, it’s time to bring out the big guns. Delicious, healthy, easy-to-make smoothie recipes that will only take minutes. Sneak all kinds of good stuff into your younglings as part of a parenting battle we can totally win.
8 easy smoothie recipes for kids
1. Apple pie smoothie
Kickstart snack time with this apple pie smoothie. Like the name suggests, it contains all the ingredients of a classic apple pie, like apple, banana, hemp seeds, oats, spices, milk and cauliflower (wait, what?!). You read it right! This recipe contains cauliflower, but your kids will never find out. Have this for brekkie, lunch, or as a snack!
2. Strawberry, banana, and oat smoothie
Add oatmeal to this all time fave, and get the kiddos all filled up for the whole morning. We once made it our mission to wake up every morning just for this…
3. Mango, coconut, and dragon fruit smoothie
If ever there was a smoothie made for tropical living, it’s got to be this pretty coconut, mango and dragon fruit number by Downshiftology.
4. Fill ‘er Up
It doesn’t get much easier than a ‘Fill ‘er Up’ by Watchfit. It’s made with Greek yoghurt, frozen bananas, orange juice and frozen strawberries. All whizzed together in the name of this simple but tasty smoothie game.
5. Kiwi and spinach smoothie
AnythingJamie does it again with this tasty green goodness. (Asian) #mumhack of the century: add Yakult, a probiotic cultured milk drink, to any veggie smoothie recipe to mask the earthy and tart taste of the vegetables. Just blend together kiwi, baby spinach, yoghurt, yakult, and coconut water! Easy peasy! What you’ll get is a glass of sweet and nutritious juiciness that kids won’t be able to resist. Bored of spinach? Mix it up with some kale (and hope the kiddos never find out!).
6. Mango, banana, and avocado smoothie
This lovely number by Kids Eat by Shanai takes a little longer to make, but is oh-so-worth-it! To get the pretty lines, you’ll need to freeze between each layer, but the resulting concoction of spinach, avocado, banana, mango, yoghurt and milk is pretty spesh.
Hot tip: serve your smoothies up in cute jam jars, pop in a colourful paper straw and you’re good to go. And any leftovers? Freeze them into ice pops!
7. Sweet potato julius
Sweet potatoes can’t be made into a drink! Well, the folks at Epicurious will convince you otherwise. And we’ve got to say, their recipe is too good not to try. You will need a sweet potato, an orange, some Medjool dates, vanilla extract, milk and cinnamon powder. Throw in some honey if your littlies have a sweet tooth, and see if they want to have this as a daily drink. Sweet potatoes have so many health benefits, and it is in fact one of the best first weaning foods to give to your baby!
8. Pumpkin, lotus seeds, and pandan leaves smoothie
You’re probably thinking we’ve gone crazy, trying to convince you that a pumpkin smoothie is a thing. But trust us, this one is our tried-and-tested personal fave! Here’s what you need: pumpkin, lotus seeds, pandan leaves, condensed milk, sugar, and milk. Next, blend pumpkin and lotus seeds, strain the mixture, then cook it with pandan leaves. The last step is to stir in some condensed milk and a bit of sugar or honey. And voila! This smoothie recipe is so delicious and packed with many crucial vitamins your kiddos (and you!) need.
Try these easy smoothie recipes with your kids, and thank us later!