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I have to say, I’m fairly lucky. My LO is a great eater and he does pretty well with his veggies too. But, not everyday is as simple as 1, 2, 3. Thankfully I found a quick smoothie recipe that I whip up to give him in order to boost his veggie intake, and he LOVES it!
This recipe has 5 ingredients- that’s it. There’s a few things you’ll need: a blender like this one and a liquid measuring cup. Not so bad, right?
Green Smoothie Recipe
2 cups of packed spinach or kale
2 cups of water
1 cup of mango
1 cup of peaches
2 whole bananas
1 cup of ice
- First pack the blender with the spinach (or kale), then add the water. Blend until smooth.
- Next add 1 cup of each fruit, separately to make sure each fruit is being blended properly.
- Then add the the bananas. (I peel the outer layer off and put them in whole.)
- Lastly, add 1 cup of ice (about 4 large cubes) and let the blender run for another minute.
Here’s a few additional options you can do. I personally add these in for a tastier and healthier smoothie.
I enjoy spinach more than kale, so I tend to use it for better flavor. I also like to add another banana. I started off only using 2, then when I made the kale smoothie I found that the inclusion masked the kale a little better than just having 2 bananas. So instead I decided to stick mostly with spinach and 3 bananas. This makes a big batch- enough for 2-3 sippy cups (depending on their capacity) and a glass for you.
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And, a great tip from Hunter’s pediatrician that if your LO is low on iron you can add prunes and/or raisins to give it a boost. Prunes are a great choice if your munchkin has difficulty having BMs.
While there might be quite a bit of fruit listed, you could essentially add more green ingredients to up the veggie amount. I also like to add a little flavorless protein powder to mine alone with chia seeds. I would recommend testing the drink yourself first before handing it over to make sure it’s palatable or you may have a refusal on your hands.
Make sure (no matter how you make it) you blend the smoothie well otherwise you’ll end up in my situation where my son inspects his drink for any “uninvited” additions. 🙂 Enjoy!