When I received a Ninja blender for Christmas, I had no idea it would be the key to luring my toddler into eating a larger variety of fruits and vegetables … EVERY I DAY! After a rough winter of cold, after cold, after cold, I was frustrated and about to lose my mind. I became a local honey freekazoid, hoping to naturally boost my daughter’s immune system, but I couldn’t figure out how to get my picky eater to try the honey, or anything else healthy for that matter. That’s when I discovered the world of homemade smoothies.
I’ve been known to hit Tropical Smoothie several times a week in the summer, but that can get expensive. Making smoothies at home is more affordable, incredibly healthy, and the process allows your child to get in on the fun. My ninja came with a variety of smoothie recipes, but we discovered our favorites by experimenting on our own.
Each morning, I turn on our favorite music, place everything we need to make our smoothies on the counter, and I allow my 3 year old to help toss in the ingredients. (Carefully, of course.) This has become our morning ritual and something my daughter looks forward to every day; unless mommy is cooking bacon. We also love bacon!
Here’s our family favorite:
- 2 tsp of Honey
- 6 Baby Carrots
- Handful of Kale or Spinach
- 1 Banana
- A small handful of Blueberries or Strawberries
- 1 tsp of Flaxseed
- 1 Single Serve Yogurt
- 1 Cup of Orange Juice
- Add Ice and Blend
I also found a book on Amazon with great reviews, and it includes pictures the kids will enjoy, for parents interested in getting more creative with smoothies: