This simple green smoothie is just the gateway to the infinite variations you can experiment with that your kiddos are sure to gobble up!
Now that summer is upon us, smoothies just hit the spot these days in my house.
My two boys love smoothies and my toddler will regularly ask to make a smoothie for lunch.
We all know as mamas, how hard it can be to get our kids to eat greens and all the good things that go with that. (Side note: If you have figured out how to get your kids to eat all the veggies and greens, please tell me your tricks!:) These simple green smoothie variations are a fantastic way to get all those nutritional benefits without them even knowing it!
Getting your kids involved in making these green smoothies is a great way to continue introducing them to veggies and greens and proving to them that they do taste good!
I have been known to sneak in cilantro, kale, spinach, and even avocado and my kids will devour it!
What makes a good green smoothie?
Green smoothies can be so nutritious and a great substitute for any meal if it’s made with good quality and balanced ingredients.
The perfect green smoothie consists of a good balance between fats, protein, and carbs. Doing this will ensure that you will stay fuller for a longer period of time. This is super important especially if you are using it to replace a meal.
Pick a combination of any of the following in each category and you are sure to have an amazingly, tasty, and delicious smoothie in a matter of minutes! Try different combinations each time and find out what you like best.
Base or Liquid
- Goat milk yogurt
- Goat milk
- Oat milk
- Milk kefir
- Coconut milk
Protein and fats
- Almond butter
- Peanut butter
- Hemp hearts
- Chia seeds
- Cocoa powder
Not only are they quick and delicious but there are so many health benefits that go along with green smoothies.
Some of them include (depending on what’s in your smoothie):
- Filled with rich antioxidants
- Contains healthy fats to maintain your hunger
- Increases energy and mood
- Helps build a good immune system
- Helps produce good gut bacteria
- Helps with clear skin
Made too much? Here are some fun ways to use up your green smoothie.
- Put the extra in popsicle molds and freeze them for later!
- If you made a thicker smoothie- line a baking sheet with parchment, place the remainder in a Ziplock back, cut off the tip of the bag, and squeeze little discs onto the parchment and freeze! I call them “candy” and my toddler loves them.
- If you have a baby that is teething- line a baking sheet with parchment, spread out a thin layer of smoothie onto the parchment and freeze. Once it’s frozen, break up into little “smoothie chips” for them to suck or chew on to help with their teething pain.
The key to green smoothies is to just have fun and experiment!
Find out what you and your kids enjoy and go with it. Try different liquid and fruit combinations.
I always aim to have more greens and veggies than fruit. Remember, fruit does have sugar, natural sugar, but still try to be aware of that as you begin experimenting with different flavors combinations.
Comment below with combinations you’ve tried! I am always looking for more ideas myself:)
Let’s get blending!
- 1 Cup Goat milk yogurt Or your choice of liquid
- 1 Cup Packed greens- arugula, spinach, kale, etc.
- 1/4 Cup Cilantro
- 1 Tbsp Almond butter
- 1 Tbsp Flaxmeal
- 1 Tbsp Chia seeds
- 1/2 Avocado
- 1/2 Frozen banana
- 1/2 cup Frozen berries
- Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until fully mixed and smooth. Enjoy!