I’ve found that the easiest way to get kids to eat veggies is in smoothie form. Peyton will usually eat any veggie we give her and often asks to eat them raw (she’s something else), but Emory has a select group of veggies he will eat and others kind of have to be “hidden” in order for him to gulp them down.
After recipe testing smoothies for an upcoming Kids Night In box, I was curious to see if he’d drink the kale and fruit one I put together and to my surprise, he gulped it down faster than Peyton! I think my jaw hit the floor, but now that I think about it, he loves fruit, so it makes sense.
For some reason, I dread making smoothies. I think it’s the cleaning up part. I must always remind myself to rinse all of the parts of my food processor right away because it makes washing it SO much easier. Anyone else experience the same? If I ever get serious enough about making them, it would be fun to own a fancy machine. It would give our smoothies a much better texture, but I don’t mind and the kids don’t either, so our food processor will do for now.
If you end up making this smoothie, don’t forget to tag #marinamakeseats. Oh, and I know the title of this suggests that this is a toddler smoothie, but adults can enjoy it too!
Kale & Apple Toddler Smoothie
Serves 2-3 children
- 1 cup of frozen chopped kale (use frozen spinach as a substitute)
- 1 banana
- 1 apple, skin removed and sliced
- 1 avocado
- Juice of one orange
- 1 cup of apple juice
Have your child help add all of the ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Add more apple juice if needed. Serve with a straw and enjoy.