Easy Healthy Smoothie Recipe for Kids

Leafy green vegetables! It’s not a secret that they are some of the healthiest foods on the planet. Packed with vitamins, minerals and micronutrients, leafy green veggies are a food I want to eat every day and I want my kids to eat every day. Growing up on processed food and canned vegetables, eating spinach and kale did not come easy or natural. Each of my kids now eat spinach every day  – usually happily – in the form of a green smoothie. I am delighted to share my easy healthy smoothie recipe for kids.

Motivation

The first time I saw them, green smoothies made me cringe. My kids gave me a look like I was crazy. Our brains have incredible influence on our taste preferences. “Hulk Smoothies” is what I called these when we first started making them. Stay positive, start with less spinach then gradually add more, and enjoy! When my children have friends over, we always offer to share some smoothies with them. More than half of the kids I’ve offered these smoothies to enjoy them with full spinach at first taste.

Personally, I like to save time and make things in bulk. Making an entire blender full of smoothie, I divide it into serving and saving cups. Extra can be stored in the fridge or frozen and thawed later.

Gather ingredients

 

Green Smoothie
Add avocado and bananas to blender
Add spinach
Top with frozen strawberries
Fill halfway with orange juice
Fill with milk alternative or water
Optional add scoop of Superfoods Protein Powder
Cover securely.
Blend and Serve
ENJOY!

 

Ingredients

Add to large blender in this order

  • 1 avocado
  • 6 bananas
  • Handful of spinach (start with less and add more with time)
  • Handful of frozen strawberries (on top of the spinach helps push it down to blend better)
  • Orange Juice, fill blender halfway
  • Milk alternative or water – fill blender to max liquid level (milk will froth in a blender so use almond, coconut or soy milk)
  • Optional scoop of Superfoods Protein Powder

Blend, Serve and Enjoy!

Leave me a comment below and let me know  your favorite way to get kids to eat spinach. Please let me know if you try this and enjoy it or have any ideas!

 

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18 Replies to “Easy Healthy Smoothie Recipe for Kids”

  1. I think your smoothie recipe is tasty. The sweet taste from fruits must have covered the leafy bitterness. I think this is a smart way to encourage children to take in veggies by drinking instead of eating. Thanks for sharing us your delicious recipes.

  2. Spinach is a vegetable that we don’t eat too much of, mainly because of the wife, but I do like it in curries.

    I found it hard when I was young to eat certain vegetables and couldn’t leave the table until I had eaten said veg.

    I am glad that the parents took that stand although at the time seemed like a punishment.

    Smoothies make it so much easier to get the kids to like veggies, due to the many other flavours that you can add.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Mick

  3. I love spinach and kale, they are so versatile. In fact, there is so much you can do with vegetables, I find they are highly underrated.
    This recipe looks delicious, and the combination of avocado and spinach with strawberries and orange juice sounds absolutely yummy! I can’t wait to try this out!

  4. Ummm this sounds delicious. Smoothies are such a good way to get essential nutrients for children.

    I do want my children to crave healthy food. Do you have any tips on how I can et them to want fruit instead of candy?

    1. I struggle with that also. My children have a sweet tooth. We *try* to limit sweets to one per day. One of the things we do in our family is read aloud in the evenings. After they’ve played, they are always snacky so I cut up and lay out fresh fruit for them to eat while listening. They will devour it if I cut it up for them but otherwise will grab something else. It’s a labor of love and I hope they enjoy it so much that they will have the habit of choosing fruit in the future.

  5. I wish I knew about smoothies with spinach twenty plus years ago, when I tried to get my child used to it. It was an impossible mission, partly because I also never liked it. Since then I had to come to like it, as I have a chronic iron deficiency, but my child never got used to it. I’ll definitely share your post, this might be the perfect solution. Thank you for this great recipe.

  6. I don’t know why I have never considered adding avocado to my smoothies.
    You have inspired me to drink smoothies. I have had one every day for four days now! I really wasn’t getting enough fruits and veggies in my diet until now. I really love your website!!

    1. Thank you! Yes, the avocado makes the smoothie so creamy and delicious. Without the avocado, it just isn’t the same. I suppose, you could use yogurt but that often has a lot of sugar, which we try to avoid. Enjoy!

  7. I don’t know if I’m going to make this spinach smoothie now, but I agree with you if you add a banana then maybe it will take away its bitter taste, but any berry mixtures will suit me well.

    1. I really enjoy berry mixtures as well. My kids don’t like the skins of blueberries or the seeds of blackberries or raspberries. So this was the perfect combo I found. I sure hope they outgrow pickiness sooner rather than later 🙂
      All the best to you!

  8. Hi Christy,

    Really good article and spinach most certainly is a food that children should be even more of. It was only yesterday that I was reading a blog that told us that spinach is a good food to stop hair loss. I wish I would have read about this years ago 🙂

    Thank you for sharing and keep up the great work.

    All the best,

    Tom

    1. Thank you. The list of health benefits of vegetables is quite extensive. I just wish they had amazing flavor to match the amazing nutritional value. We have become so used to the smoothies, we miss them if we even go a couple days without them. Enjoy!

  9. I’m really looking forward to trying these recipes, this is a great way to get greens in to your kids.

    I think my daughter might actually go with this.

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