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Trying Out Smoothies

I’ve been reading a few things recently about giving children smoothies as they can be a great way to add more nutrition into their diet, especially in foods they would normally not choose to eat. They add key vitamins, protein and fibre in a really quick and easy way. I also love making juices in my Nutribullet so I can get involved too!

I wanted to ensure the smoothies contained lots of green veg, so I started using kale and spinach.  I added a form of fruit to sweeten it, but making sure to not use a bigger amount of fruit than the vegetable.  I then added either avocado or banana to give it an element of creaminess, and then a milk to make a smoother consistency.  As you don’t need massive quantities to make a juice, I had a rummage in the fridge and freezer to see what I could use without buying any special ingredients.  I tried a few different ones so far, with very mixed reviews.

Kale

Frozen berries – raspberries / blackberries / blackcurrants

Banana

Almond milk

Chia seeds

This was the first one I tried and it wasn’t a massive hit – he took tiny sips with a look of disgust and didn’t finish it as it kept going browner and browner as the day went on, so I understood why!  It honestly tasted great, but the berries made it a dark murky colour and the chia seeds made it a bit gloopy, but seeing as Indy’s only ever drank milk and water, it was an ok start.

Kale

Frozen Mango

Avocado

Almond milk

Indy was very dubious of the cup coming towards him when it was an odd green colour.  I left the chia seeds out of this one so once blended, it was a really smooth juice, I also loosened his with a bit more almond milk.  He liked this one better than yesterday and drank half of it over the course of a few hours, going back for a few sips every now and again, which was progress.   

Spinach

Frozen mango

Banana

Whole milk

Yoghurt

I left the almond milk out of this one, and used some whole milk and yoghurt instead – I thought that if I used something he was more familiar with to taste, then he’d be more willing to try, and it really worked!  I also changed the cup so he wasn’t necessarily expecting water to come out of it when he drank, and he finished the lot!

Spinach

Frozen mango

Apple

Avocado

Almond milk

Yoghurt

Again, this juice was a winner.  I reverted back to almond milk on this one, but used a tea spoon of yoghurt to make it much creamier. Even though i’ve used two fruits in this one, I only used a small amount of each and still made sure the volume of spinach was more.  

I gave Indy his smoothie for breakfast, along with whatever I was giving him to eat that day.  If he hadn’t finished it by the time we were heading out for the morning, I took his cup with us and he would drink it instead of having a morning snack.  This saw him through until lunchtime, so was also something really quick and easy to prepare for being out and on the go.

Comment below if you’ve tried giving smoothies to your little ones, and what you’re favourite recipes are! X