How To Make A Nourishing Toddler Smoothie
Feeding nourishing foods to your picky eater can seem like an impossible task. Learn how to make a nourishing toddler smoothie to save the day!
It’s hard knowing what they need to fuel kids’ growing bodies and minds, yet watching them turn up their chin time and time again. We know that it can take 15-20 times (or more) before a child warms up to the idea of trying an unfamiliar food, so while you are doing your best to cook, shop for and prepare the best foods for your picky eater(s), ensure that they are getting the nutrients they need through this delicious smoothie.
It’s so simple to make and is picky-eater tested and approved!
Take a look at just some of the benefits provided by the ingredients!
Coconut water is an incredible food for growing children. It hydrates, provides electrolytes, and contains more potassium than a banana.
Bananas are rich in nutrients such as potassium, calcium, magnesium phosphorous, sulphur, iron and copper. They are easy to digest, provide ample energy and are good for brain development!
Avocados are full of monounsaturated fats, the “good” fats that are essential for young children. Most children enjoy avocados as a snack, but it never hurts to also sneak more fat into their smoothie.
Apple (with skin)
We all know the saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor at bay”, but did you know that much of what makes an apple healthy is found in the skin? The skin contains the vast majority of fiber, nutrients and antioxidants.
Spinach provides a long list of essential vitamins and minerals to your growing child, many of which aren’t found in foods they are likely eating. It also has a significant amount of dietary fiber in it, which is good for keeping their digestive system clean. Note: Because spinach is high in oxalic acid, I do not give my kids raw spinach every day. You can rotate greens by replacing the spinach with lettuce or other lower oxalic acid containing greens. Slightly cooking greens also reduces oxalic acid.
Flaxseed is packed full of Omega-3 fatty acids which are needed for optimal brain development. It is believed that ground flaxseed, as used in this smoothie, is the easiest way to absorb the benefits of this nutty plant food. Chia seeds are also an excellent option.
Optional Addition, But Recommended!
Collagen adds essential protein and amino acids without changing the taste or texture of the smoothie.
Nourishing Toddler Smoothie
Ingredients (makes 2)
1. Place all ingredients in your blender.
2. Start at a low speed and slowly turn it all of the way up to fully blend the pieces of spinach 3. Pour into a glass and serve!
Note: This recipe was created using a top of the line blender (Vitamix or Blendtec). If you are using a more residential grade blender you may have to add a bit more coconut water (or filtered water) at the end to get the desired consistency.
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Check out this video and see just how easy it is to make a nourishing toddler smoothie.
Eat Well & Thrive!
Sarah is a wife, mom of 5, horse farm owner at Outlaw Acres Iowa, and real food blogger at Real Food Outlaws. She is also a Master Herbalist and owns 90210 Organics, an Eco-boutique and Apothecary. She holds a Master’s Degree in Applied Clinical Nutrition from New York Chiropractic College and is a Clinical/Functional Nutritionist and Advanced Nutrition Response Testing™ Practitioner at Natural Health Improvement Center of Des Moines, and owns Natural Health Improvement Center of South Jersey. You can often find her barefoot in the garden (or kitchen), or rummaging through a refrigerator (not necessarily her own).