Healthy smoothie recipes for kids

Healthy smoothie recipes for kids

Smoothies are all the rage. From strawberries to kale, you can make a smoothie out of almost any fruit or veg – and that’s great news for parents! Smoothies are great for packing in your child’s lunch box, as well as quickly whipping up to take to work with you. With these easy smoothie recipes for kids, you can make smoothies that both you and your kids will enjoy.  

 

Healthy smoothies for kids

There are many benefits of healthy smoothie recipes for kids. As you prepare your smoothies, you can introduce your kids to different fruits and vegetables, and teach them important cookery skills like chopping (while you closely supervise them). Getting them involved in the preparation process is great fun and will make smoothie drinking, as well as making, an enjoyable activity for them. Much more fun than picking peas off their plate!

Encouraging kids to enjoy healthy eating from a young age helps to promote a healthier lifestyle as they grow. Making healthy smoothies for kids can get a bit messy, so for any spills or stains check out our article on removing fruit stains and make sure you’ve got some Persil small & mighty on hand for pre-treating stains.  

 

How to make smoothies for kids

Here are two healthy smoothie recipes for kids that you can try at home with your children. Always supervise your kids when they’re helping out in the kitchen. If you don’t have measuring cups in your kitchen, then 1 cup is approximately 250ml.

 

Green hero

Your kids will love this healthy homemade smoothie, but if they’re put off at first by its green appearance then let them know that the ‘Green hero’ can help them to grow strong, just like their favourite superhero. Popeye has his spinach; and your little heroes and heroines have their super smoothie.

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Serves 1 – 2

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup mango chunks
  • ½ medium avocado
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk or other non-dairy milk
  • Splash of vanilla extract

Method: Place the spinach, banana, and mango chunks into a blender. Cut a ripe, medium avocado in half and spoon half into the blender. Then pour in 1 cup of almond milk, add a splash of vanilla extract, and get blending! Once you’ve got a relatively smooth consistency, pour the smoothie into a glass or bottle. Serve with a straw and a cocktail umbrella to make it that little bit more interesting for kids!

healthy smoothies for kids - Green Hero

 

Coconut berry blitz

This simple smoothie recipe for kids contains just a few ingredients but really packs a punch for the taste buds! Chia seeds – the ancient food of the Aztecs – are a great source of nutrients. You can get your hands on these at your local whole food shop, and entice your kids with the chance to eat something that was believed to provide supernatural powers back in 3500 B.C.

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Serves 1 – 2

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup mixed berries (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries)
  • 1 tbsp. raw virgin coconut oil
  • 1 tsp. of chia seeds
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk or other non-dairy milk

Method: Pop the ice cubes and the mixed berries in the blender, add 1 tbsp. of raw virgin coconut oil, and 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk, and blend. As you blend, keep stopping to check the consistency. Once smooth, pour into a glass or bottle. Mini milk bottles make for great smoothiecontainers, especially if you’re bulk blending for the week.

smoothie recipe for kids - Coconut Berry Blitz  

 

Homemade smoothie tips:

  • Use frozen fruit if possible – it’s quick and convenient, plus a cool smoothie is much tastier (add some ice cubes to your smoothie recipe to achieve the same effect if you’re using fresh fruit)
  • Add more ingredients where necessary to make more than 1-2 servings of any smoothie. You can always store them in the fridge to enjoy later
  • Adapt smoothie recipes to your taste, or that of your child’s by adding more or less of particular ingredients

 

Preparing homemade smoothies for kids in advance

Our busy everyday lives mean that we might not always have time to mix up a smoothie before the little ones pop off to school. Make the process simpler by preparing fruit for the week. Chop up fruits like berries, mangos, apples, or bananas and freeze them in re-sealable sandwich bags. If you freeze the exact amount of fruit you need for your smoothie recipe in each bag, then quickly grabbing one from the freezer, and popping the frozen fruits in the blender with the other ingredients is a piece of cake first thing in the morning!

Preparing a homemade breakfast smoothie or a healthy lunchbox smoothie for your child can be a lot easier when you plan ahead but don’t forget to involve your kids in the process too. They can choose the fruit they want for their smoothie that morning, help collect the ingredients, and play the all-important role of official taste tester.

Which healthy smoothie recipe for kids is your favourite? Let us know which homemade smoothies your kids enjoy the most by leaving a comment in the box below – and for more healthy recipes for kids, click here.