Kid Friendly Smoothies

It's difficult to ensure your kids get all the nutrients they need to develop a healthy body, especially with all the processed "food" available.

Making sure they get all these nutrients is a must for this healthy development to happen.

Kid friendly smoothies are a great way to ensure your kids get as many nutrients and vitamins as possible. With a combination of the right ingredients, you can put together a variety of antioxidant-loaded fruits as well as vegetables that will support your kid's fast growing body.

So what exactly are kid friendly smoothies?

Not really that much different from smoothies for grown-ups will drink. Smoothie Recipes For Kids just focus more on specific nutrients like calcium and they tend to be a bit sweeter.

How To Make Healthy Smoothies For Kids

Kids are drawn to sweet things. Consequently, it can be quite hard to make them eat the daily recommended quantities of veggies and fruits for good health.

The other concern many parents have when it comes to nutrition is having kids with certain allergies or being too busy to make the healthy meals they need.

This is why many parents turn to smoothies. It is one of the easiest ways to solve this problem. A smoothie is easy and quick to make and you can get your kids to eat vegetables they would normally turn down.

Bringing fruits, herbs, supplements and vegetables together can ensure your kids indulge in full nutrition in just one glass a day.

Just like adults, kids are also drawn to food presentation, and this means you can play around with bright colors. Using certain fruit like berries will turn your kid's smoothie purple. (No kid will turn down a purple drink)

Begin with the ingredients they love first and then slowly introduce what you find more nutritious (like green vegetables) ensuring you don’t add any amount of processed sugar into the smoothie.

Healthy smoothies for kids are a major substitute for any meal as they are full of elements that are necessary for the growth of kids. Here are the 5 nutrients you should include in the smoothie.

5 Nutrients Kids Need Every Day

Calcium 

Calcium plays a major role in strengthening teeth and bones. Although dairy products such as milk and yogurt tend to carry the highest percentage of this nutrient, it can also be drawn from leafy vegetables and fruits.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E acts as an antioxidant and protects cells from damage. Some vegetables and fruits, especially spinach and avocados are fortified with vitamin E. Using sunflower seeds in smoothies is another way of increasing the Vitamin E intake of your kids.

Fiber

Fiber is important for kids as it is known to fill them up and keep them regular. The nutrient is also good for protecting them from chronic diseases when they get older. The best way to have them consume a large dose of fiber is by including a variety of fruits in their smoothie, including blackberries, raspberries, oranges, apples, and pears. 

Protein

All body cells are made of protein, which means it is a major nutrient that must be consumed daily to boost growth and development in kids. Although it has a higher concentration in animal products, it is also available in lesser amounts in nuts and vegetables. In the smoothie, throw in apples, bananas, raisins, nuts, and cranberries.

Iron

Iron is responsible for helping red blood cells carry oxygen to the cells in the entire body and is also known for keeping kids energized. Dried fruits and dark green leafy greens can boost iron levels. Vitamin C is known to increase iron absorption, so remember to include oranges in the smoothie.

Avoid Unhealthy Ingredients

While some ingredients may give good taste to kid friendly smoothies, they may not be the best for their health.

The most common ingredients people use for their smoothie recipes for kids that you should avoid is:

  • Sugar in any processed form. Even fruit juices.
  • Ice cream
  • Chocolate powders and syrups
  • Non-organic peanut butter
  • Sweetend yogurt and milks

Healthy Ingredients To Use In Your Kid Friendly Smoothies:

Now that you understand what you should not add to your kids’ smoothie, what smoothie ingredients can you toss in to make it healthy?

  • Coconut milk, almond, and raw milk
  • Distilled/spring/purified water
  • Herbal tea. Using medicinal tea adds the nutrition of the smoothie.
  • Fermented beverages
  • Fresh juice (from whole fruits)
  • High-quality protein powders
  • Yoghurt
  • Honey
  • Flax seeds and oil
  • Fresh vegetables
  • Fresh fruit
  • Oatmeal
  • Mineral supplements

The secret to making a great smoothie for your kids is balance. Mild vegetables such as beets and spinach are easily balanced by fruits such as blueberries, bananas, and oranges to give a sweet taste.

For each of your smoothie recipes for kids, you can play around with sweetness and texture to get an absolutely balanced and kid-friendly end product.

Try One of the 5 Smoothie Recipes For Kids Below

Mango Smoothie Recipe For Kids

mango smoothie for kids

This is an sweet and easy smoothie to start giving your kids. They will most likely enjoy it so much that they will want more.

Mangoes are a great source of Vitamin C, A, and fiber. Adding it to a smoothie is a great way of sweetening up a smoothie with loads of healthy benefits.

The honey in this smoothie adds more sweetness without the use of processed sugars. It also offers many heath benefits for your kids.

Milk and cream is a great source of calcium and protein. Two important nutrients for healthy growth.

The blueberries on top will not only attract your kids to the smoothie it will also provide them will a healthy dose of antioxidants.

Best Time To Drink: Breakfast 

INGREDIENTS:
  • 2 mango chopped
  • 2 table spoons honey
  • 1/2 cup yoghurt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • blueberries
NUTRITIONAL INFO:
  • Calories: 220

  • Protein: 5g

  • Carbs: 35g

  • Fat: 9g

  • Sodium: 50mg

  • Fiber: 5g

  

Preparation Instructions:
  1. Remove the skin of the mangoes and take the pulp

  2. Add all the ingredients into your blender expect the berries

  3. Blend until you are satisfied with the texture

  4. Add the berries to the top

Green Smoothie For Kids

green smoothie recipe for kids

Getting your kids to drink green smoothies can be a bit tricky. This is a great tasting green smoothie recipe and for kids will enjoy it.

 

You should start with this recipe if you want to start introducing your kids to green smoothies.

 

The spinach or kale is combined with pineapple and banana to give it a well-rounded sweet taste.

 

Yogurt is used to give it a fuller and richer texture as well as supplying your kids with the calcium they need for strong bones.

 

With 2 bananas this smoothie is rich in potassium, great for a healthy heart. Green smoothies are great to drink for breakfast.

 

Best Time To Drink: Breakfast and mid morning snacks

INGREDIENTS AND PREPARATION:
  • 1/2 cup coconut water
  • 1 cup unsweetened yogurt
  • 1 cup fresh pineapple
  • 1 cup mango
  • 2 bananas (frozen is better)
  • 2 cups greens (kale or spinach)
NUTRITIONAL INFO:
  • Calories: 150
  • Protein: 4g
  • Carbs: 33g
  • Fat: 1.5g
  • Sodium: 75mg
  • Fiber: 4g

         Servings: 4

Preparation Instructions:
  1. Add all the ingredients into your blender

  2. Blend it on high speed until it is completely smooth

Super Smoothie For Kids

Everybody loves peanut butter and chocolate. This smoothie is built around these flavors.

 

Peanut butter is a great source of healthy fat and protein for your kids. The fiber and protein in peanut butter will help to keep your kids feeling fuller for longer and provides the amino acids (vital building blocks) for proper muscle development.

 

The dark chocolate provides texture, taste and actually quite a few healthy nutrients to the smoothie. Antioxidants, manganese, iron and magnesium are all found in dark chocolate.

 

Nutrients that will give your kids' bodies all the support it needs for healthy growth and another great thing about using dark chocolate, no kid will say no to a breakfast with chocolate in it.

Adding in bananas and chia seed will ensure your kids get all the protein, fiber, omega-3 fatty acids and electrolytes they need for the day.

 

This smoothie is full of nutrients, vitamins, and energy. It is probably one of the best kid friendly smoothies you'll find.

 

Best Time To Drink: Breakfast or tea breaks

INGREDIENTS AND PREPARATION:
  • 1 cup low-fat milk
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 2 ounces dark chocolate (70 percent cacao)
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1/4 cups ice cubes
NUTRITIONAL INFO:
  • Calories: 190
  • Protein: 5g
  • Carbs: 21g
  • Fat: 10g
  • Sodium: 70mg
  • Fiber: 3g

         Servings: 4

Preparation Instructions:
  1. Put all of the ingredients into your blender, add the ice in last

  2. Blend until you are satisfied with the texture

Kid-Friendly Blackberry Vanilla Yogurt Smoothie

Kid-Friendly-Blackberry-Smoothie

This is a great smoothie recipe to substitute for high sugar and unhealthy snacks. It is perfect for weekends.

 

There is now vegetables or any superfood in the recipe, which makes it easy to make and drink. Don't worry, it is still a healthy recipe with enough benefits for your kids.

 

The berries and yogurt will give your a good number of antioxidants, vitamins, fiber and calcium.

 

Best Time To Drink: Great for substituting high sugar snacks

INGREDIENTS AND PREPARATION:
  • 3/4 cups blackberries
  • 6 ounces greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 3 ice cubes
NUTRITIONAL INFO:
  • Calories: 70
  • Protein: 3g
  • Carbs: 9g
  • Fat: 2g
  • Sodium: 45mg
  • Fiber: 2g

         Servings: 4

Preparation Instructions:
  1. Put all of the ingredients into your blender, add the ice in last

  2. Blend until you are satisfied with the texture

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