Smoothies For Toddlers: 3 Recipes Your Kids Will Love

Smoothies For Toddlers: 3 Recipes Your Kids Will Love

A selection of healthy and nutritious smoothies for toddlers., whether for weight gain or for nutrition. Your child will love these smoothie recipes.

A great way to help your kids enjoy the delicious nutrition of fruits and vegetables, is to make them into a smoothie. Guess what? Toddlers can have smoothies too. Smoothies are also a good idea for filling your picky toddlers with more calories. Aside from the extra calories, it also gets them used to "drinking" their vegetables. This is a habit that hopefully, they'll carry into adulthood.

What's The Composition Of Smoothies For Toddlers?

For each smoothie, try to include one of each group below. But, some ingredients overlap and in real life, any available fruit or veggie would do.  Each smoothie should contain:

  1. A source of dairy, either milk or yoghurt. Plain or vanilla flavored yogurt will work quite well. Just get the big tub.
  2. A high calorie vegetable, like avocados, bananas etc.
  3. Sweetener. This is a sweet fruit like oranges, grapes etc. Stay away from bottled juices if possible and use the real fruits. A handful of red grapes imparts a lovely, non-cloy sweetness to the smoothies
  4. Thinner. Something to give the smoothie a more flowy consistency that can be sucked out of a sippy cup. This could be the milk, water or a fruit with a high water content like watermelon.

3 Toddler Smoothie Recipes

Feel free to try the smoothie recipes below:

Toddler Banana smoothie

Smoothies For Toddlers: 3 Recipes Your Kids Will Love

1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce.

1/3 cup whole milk.

1 tablespoon creamy nut or seed butter, such as almond, cashew or sunflower.

1/8 teaspoon pure vanilla extract or ground cinnamon.

1/2 banana.

Directions: Combine ingredients in a blender until smooth

Avocado smoothie:

Smoothies For Toddlers: 3 Recipes Your Kids Will Love

1/2 Avocado

3 Grapes

1/2 cup Vanilla-flavored yoghurt

1/3 cup Water

Directions: Combine ingredients in a blender until smooth

Carrot smoothie:

Smoothies For Toddlers: 3 Recipes Your Kids Will Love

1 Small Carrot

1/8 Watermelon

1/2 cup Vanilla-flavored yoghurt

1/3 cup Water

Directions: Combine ingredients in a blender until smooth

Why Your Toddler Should Drink Smoothies

Smoothies Make Veggies Exciting

Smoothies that incorporate veggies show kids that veggies are versatile and can taste good! You’re just “dressing them up” a bit. When your little one sees a handful of greens going into a smoothie, and then they like drinking it, that’s the first step towards kids eating their vegetables!

Kids Can Share Breakfast with Mom and Dad

What’s better than a healthy breakfast? Not having to make a separate healthy breakfast for the kids! Getting the family ready in the morning can leave everyone short on time.  Blend up one smoothie to share with your little ones and breakfast is done in a snap. Toast up a piece of bread to serve on the side if they’re extra hungry.

Smoothies Inspire Adventurous Eating

Help combat picky eating by introducing lots of flavors to kids. Smoothies are a great way to incorporate new flavors that may otherwise be tricky to serve. Add some things your kids might not try with regular meals, like fresh ginger, mint, or lemon!

They’re Good for On-The-Go

Life with kids is hectic! Instead of grabbing a packaged breakfast or snack when you don’t have time to sit down, blend up a smoothie and pour it in a to-go cup. It’s the perfect energy to fuel your kids for all their activities.

Real Food VS a Vitamin

Kids need the right nutrients to help them grow. Since smoothies incorporate a variety of naturally-occurring vitamins and minerals, it helps get those little bodies exactly what they need from real food. They’ll also get a helping of healthy fats, protein, and fiber — three things most multivitamins don’t provide.

Kids Will Learn About Food

One of the best ways to teach young kids about nutrition is to familiarize them with healthy foods. You can do this without ever mentioning how healthy they are! Learning names of various fruits and veggies, and learning different properties — soft or crunchy, big or small, color, etc. — helps them feel empowered and adventurous.

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Also read: 7 Super Nutritious Weight Gain Foods For Kids

Written by

AyeeSha