I’ve found myself thinking time and time again, when is that magic moment when I, as an adult, started enjoying salads. Truth is I’ve never been a picky eater, so I could have well enjoyed eating leafy greens at a young age. While I’ve had the same hope for my boys they just aren’t the biggest fans of Mom’s plea for, “salad for dinner.” Does that mean I’ve stopped trying to serve a side salad here and there? Nope! I’ve just found new ways to get my kids to eat their greens and like them too: in healthy green smoothie recipes!
Green smoothies are packed with all kinds of good-for-you stuff, such as fiber, calcium, and Vitamin C. While there are many ways to make a healthy smoothie recipes for kids, I’ve found that smoothie time in my house always involves some type of dark leafy green (kale, spinach, Swiss chard, bok choy, etc.) and this fancy formula – no what matter what color they turn after blending.
Step 1: Pick a liquid, like almond milk, soy milk, coconut water, or 100% fruit juice
Step 2: Go for extra green, such as kale, bok choy, spinach, Swiss chard
Step 3: Sweeten it up, with 1-2 different fruits, fresh or frozen
Step 4: Make it creamy, with a banana or half an avocado
Step 5: Power with protein and extra healthy fats, like chia seeds, flax seeds, and nut butter
If your kids are in the phase of turning their nose up at the taste of all things green (it’s ok, some adults do too!), try these healthy green (plus a few more) smoothies for kids a try.
- The Easiest Green Smoothie Recipe Ever by Mom to Mom Nutrition
- Ginger and Greens Smoothie by Love and Zest
- Witch’s Brew Green Smoothie by Envirokidz
- Peanut Butter Panda Puffs Smoothie by Envirokidz
- Hide the Veggies Chocolate Spinach Smoothie by Mom to Mom Nutrition
- Healthy Unicorn Smoothie by Envirokidz
- Shamrock Shake Recipe by Real Food Real Deals
Disclaimer: While smoothies are a great way to get your kids eating more leafy greens, I don’t suggest you use smoothies as a meal replace, but rather a meal enhancement.