Hidden veggie smoothies that the kiddos will LOVE and DEVOUR!

"I cannot get my child to eat veggies"

"My child will eat carrots and peas and that is IT!

"My kiddo is a fan of BEIGE foods!"

"My kids love fruit.. veggies.. not so much!

Sound familiar? Yep? Well my friends.. Jess to the rescue!

You should also check out my blog on 'How to deal with a fussy eater' - from someone who has been there! There are lots of tips to help support and guide you through this time.

Smoothies are a fabulous way to boost your little ones nutrient intake and immune system! They are delicious, hydrating, nourishing, colourful, versatile and exciting!

Do you struggle to get the kids to eat their veggies?

These smoothie recipes are SO amazing and delicious that your whole family will love them! They are PERFECT to have with breakfast or as a snack throughout the day! Remember - if you drink them too not only are you getting lots of extra nourishment you are being a role model which is the #1 most effective tool to overcome introducing new foods into the diet!

TOP TIP: Have a smoothie approx 2 hours before a main meal to avoid meal refusal because they can be filling but shouldn't replace yummy food!

So.. here we go!

Strawberry Surprise

2 Cups frozen/Fresh Strawberries
2 Cups Frozen/Fresh bananas
3 cups vanilla almond milk
1/2 cup of ice
1/2 cup strawberry yogurt (greek is best)
1/2 yellow or orange bell pepper (trust me!)
This is soooooo simple you don't even need a method! Pop it all into the blender and whizz up until smooth.

TOP TIP: Pre chopping the ingredients makes it much quicker and easier

We use yellow or orange bell peppers because they are RAMMED with vitamin C which is fabulous for your kiddos immune system. Vitamin C also helps the body absorb Iron. They are full of antioxidants, Vitamin B6 and fiber! The peppers are super mild so we can sneak it in! If you feel that you can taste the pepper - add a little more banana and strawberry!

Tropical T-rex Juice

(I mean.. you don't have to call it that but I always do and my son and daughter LOVE it!)

Now, this is actually my FAVORITE smoothie!

TOP TIP: Pre chop the carrot so there are no huge bits or you will get a thicker texture - It's not a bad texture but some kiddos struggle with new or unknown textures so set yourself up for success!

2 cups frozen/fresh/tinned pineapple
2 cups frozen/fresh mango
2 cups frozen/fresh bananas
3 cups vanilla almond milk
1/2 cup of ice
1/2 yogurt (Mango or pineapple work best but you can choose!)
1 whole carrot, shredded
Carrots are AMAZING!! They are a fabulous source of fiber and antioxidants. They are packed with Vitamins A,C,K and B8 and are a great source of beta-carotene, iron, copper and magnesium! They are brilliant for strengthening the immune system and supporting digestive health!

Last but absoloutely NOT least...

Bang Bang Berry smoothie

2 cups frozen berries (Frozen works best with this smoothie and we LOVE the mixed bags of blueberries, blackberries and raspberries)
3 cups vanilla almond milk
1/2 cup of ice
1 cup of Kale (Or you can use fresh spinach!)
1/2 Yogurt (Blueberry greek yogurt works best but you can choose!)
Again..here is the method

Place all ingredients in blender
Whizz
Pour into cup
Drink and enjoy!

Kale is SOOOOOOOO good! You cannot taste Kale or Spinach in this recipe and both are an amazing source of iron, antioxidants and a whole range of vitamins!

It is REALLY important to note though that as amazing as these smoothies are they cannot replace a healthy diet (it's  a bit sciency and is to do with intrinsic sugars becoming extrinsic sugars which changes their properties etc - but just trust me!) but they can absolutely provide a boost in nutrients and can be a REALLY helpful stepping stone to introducing new foods and flavours into the diet.

Some more amazing ideas!

My brain is so full of ideas whizzing around, I would love to share a few with you!

Another way of approaching the standard 'Smoothie' is making ice lollies! Same goodness.. just frozen!

Not only are these SUPER delicious they are incredibly nutritious! They are a great way to use up any bits of left over smoothie too! Your kiddos will begin to associate this healthy choice with something they like and it opens up a WHOLE new world of opportunities and foods because they learn to trust new foods and feel safe.

I have also been known to make breakfast lollies with my kiddies! It is ultimately the same concept but during summer they are AMAZING! Kiddos wake up hot and a bit thirsty, and then they remember they made breakfast lollies with mummy! Bam, it's win win because they LOVE them, they feel empowered because they made the (guided!!) choices and made a decision what to start their day with whilst I sit there, smugly drinking my coffee knowing that my kiddos are starting their day with a dose of nutrient dense foods! Here is my daughter devouring a blueberry, honey, coconut and greek yogurt lolly! She ate most of it before I could grab my phone to get a picture!!

You can also buy refillable yogurt pouches that you can fill with smoothie, freeze and pop into their school/kindy lunch boxes!

'Mini Lollies' are also a HUGE hit! These  are almost like frozen sweeties if you use novelty ice cube trays! You can add in extra pieces of fruit and these ALWAYS get devoured, you will be surprised how many of them the kiddies can eat!! I always am!

These are also a GREAT idea for little ones that are teething (depending on age you probably wouldn't add the extra fruit!) but they give them something cold to chew their gums on, relieving pain but also filling their tummies with goodness at a time they can sometimes refuse to eat - which is a worry!

For the older kiddies (Younger ones too if they will eat them!!!) and the grown ups, smoothie bowls are AMAZING!!! Like.. off the scale amazing! They are bowls full of goodness and fresh nourishment, topped with MORE nourishing foods, finished with MORE vitamin packed foods! These are especially delicious on a hot day!

You can also turn these into novelty character faces, write their name in fruits (even better - get them to do it if they can!! Anything to get a child to take ownership and feel they have made decisions and choices!)

I hope this helps you sidestep the uphill battle of fruits and veggies somewhat and helps you take a step back and re introduce foods in a different way!

 

And just incase you needed that EXTRA boost to prepare your kiddo.. here is a clip from Peppa pig where they are making and drinking smoothies CLICK HERE 

Good luck and I would LOOOOOOOOOVE LOVE LOVE to see some of your creations!

Over and Out

Jess x

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