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Why Healthy Smoothies Are Perfect For Kids

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There are a lot of ways to lead a healthy lifestyle and set a great example for our kids. We all know that “breakfast is the most important meal of the day,” and the importance of eating our fruits and vegetables, but sometimes it’s not always easy to follow this great advice.

Luckily, smoothies make it easy to get in daily servings of fruits and veggies, and what’s more, kids love them!

Not only are smoothies a healthy meal or snack, but they taste great, are fast and easy to make, and the best smoothies for kids will give them the energy they need all day.

Smoothies Are Loaded With Nutrients

​There are tons of healthy smoothie recipes for kids that not only taste great, but include hidden veggies in the mix to help them get their daily dose of nutrition, without having to force them to eat their vegetables.

​Veggies like carrots, spinach, kale or cucumbers can be added to most any concoction for a daily dose of vitamins, minerals and fiber, and your kids will never know [1].

​Quick Breakfast

Smoothies are simple and fast to whip up, and with the right ingredients can be a complete meal. This is especially benefiical for breakfast. Because they’re quick and easy to make, and they are portable enough that kids can take one with them out the door, they won’t ever miss this important meal.

Because they’re creamy and tasty and oh so delicious, by making breakfast smoothies for kids, they will feel like they’re getting a special treat every morning.

Easy To Make Snack

Fruit smoothies for kids make a great after school snack to keep their energy and focus going through homework and special activities. The right mixture can keep them going through soccer practice or ballet class, and they’ll still have brain power left over for their reading, writing and arithmetic.

The very best smoothies for kids can be colorful, flavorful, packed with nutrition, and a meal or snack they will love.

Here are four of the  top rated healthy smoothie recipes for kids full of vitamins and energy that are easy to make, easy to clean up, and will keep you and your family healthy no matter how busy you are.

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Best Smoothie Recipes For Kids

Creamy Cherry Banana

creamy cherry banana smoothie

Sneak in some fiber, along with healthy fats and the tasty sweetness and color of cherries for a smoothie that’s big on taste.

**Expert Tip** Be sure to use the highest setting on your blender and let it mix for an extra minute or two whenever you use broccoli in a smoothie. The flavor is mild, but it takes a good bit of blending to avoid getting chunks in your straw.**

Ingredients

  • 1 cup frozen cherries
  • 1 cup chopped raw broccoli
  • 1/2 Avocado
  • 1 large banana (frozen for extra creamy texture)
  • 1 cup cherry or pomegranate juice
  • 1 tbsp ground flax seed (optional)

Directions

  • Place broccoli and 1 cup of juice of choice in blender and blend on medium setting until broccoli and fluid liquefy.
  • Add all other ingredients and blend on high until well mixed. Drink should be dark red/purple in color.
  • Enjoy!

Rise and Shine Smoothie

healthy smoothie for kids

This pretty orange drink is perfect for breakfast. Combining fruits and veggies with a serving of protein-rich Greek yogurt packs it full of nutrition and protein and will keep your kids full all the way until lunch.

**Expert Tip** Buy pre-packaged frozen fruit to make your smoothie prep even faster. It will be already skinned and portioned, and will eliminate the need for any ice in the recipe, cutting down on the time it takes to blend.**

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup baby carrots
  • 1 cup frozen pineapple
  • 1/2 cup frozen mango
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp honey or agave

Directions

  • Add all items into blender and blend on high until combined and creamy. Drink should be the color of a beautiful sunrise when blended completely.
  • Enjoy!
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Strawberry Banana with a Twist

best strawberry banana smoothie recipe

Everybody loves a strawberry banana smoothie, and by adding a protein punch with Greek yogurt and almond milk, this one has staying power. It tastes so great, your kids won’t even notice or care about the little green flecks that are a whole serving of their daily vegetables.

**Expert Tip** -  Almond milk is a tasty milk alternative that’s low in calories and high in protein [2]. It comes in plain, vanilla and chocolate and can add a tasty twist to any smoothie.**

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup of strawberry or vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup of almond milk
  • 1 cup of spinach, washed, chopped and de-stemmed
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 frozen banana 

Directions

  • Add almond milk and spinach to blender and blend on high until spinach liquefies.
  • Add remaining ingredients and blend medium to high until well mixed. The finished product will be a pink, creamy smoothie with small flecks of green.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Alien Smoothie

peanut butter chocolate alien smoothie

Peanut butter plus chocolate and banana equals a smoothie lovers dream. The catch with this concoction is that is also includes your daily dose of spinach, without any of the taste. Kids will love the way it tastes, and the fun name totally explains how something so delicious can also be so, well, green.

**Expert Tip** - To make this smoothie even more chocolate-y you can add a tablespoon of coco powder to the mix. It will come out much darker green, but will have a ton of chocolate flavor without adding any additional sugar.**

Ingredients

  • 1 large frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup chocolate almond milk, or regular chocolate milk
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 cup spinach, washed, chopped and de-stemmed

Directions

  • Add milk and spinach to blender and blend on high until spinach liquefies.
  • Add remaining ingredients and blend medium to high until blended through. The finished product will be green and creamy, and taste just like something Elvis would love.
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Create Your Own

Coming up with a great smoothie recipe that your kids will love is easier than you think. Use one of ours for a blueprint, or create your own using this simple formula:

  • 1 part liquid, usually 1/2 cup per serving. This can be milk, water, almond milk, or juice.
  • 2 parts fruit, usually 1/2 cup to 1 cup per serving. Fruit is what adds the sweetness to your smoothie, and will also mask the flavor of any vegetables that your kids might not like. Use it frozen for the best creamy benefits.
  • 1 part something creamy, usually 1/2 cup per serving. This can be yogurt, Greek yogurt, keifer, or even avocado and is what gives your smoothie the perfect consistency.
  • 1 part vegetables, usually 1/2 cup per serving. Spinach and carrots are two of the most common, but you can throw in anything with a mild flavor.
  • Optional, 1 part “extras.” These can be things like peanut butter, flax seed, chia seeds or other nutritional or flavor powerhouses that can add a little punch to your creation.

By combining ingredients and flavors your kids love with healthy servings of proteins and veggies, smoothies can become the perfect meal or snack for even the pickiest eater in your household.



About the author

Nicole Kurz

Nicole is a fitness and health writer who has successfully lost enough weight that two people can fit in her old pants. She races triathlons, rides bikes, is obsessed with health and wellness, and isn’t afraid of the “boy weight section” at the gym. When she’s not mixing up a delicious smoothie, she’s probably laughing at a joke somewhere while drinking a cup of the strongest black coffee you can find.

Richard Manchur

I’m a big fan of using smoothies to get extra veggies in my kids’ diets. Just a couple days ago my five year old asked for a chocolate smoothie…like the dessert kind, not the protien kind.
I am definitely going to try the Rise and Shine smoothie with them.

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