Did you know that fruit smoothies for kids contain a variety of health benefits and nutritional value? Keep reading to learn how to make delicious smoothies.
Are you struggling to get your kids to eat fruit?
If so, you aren’t the only one. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 60 percent of children do not eat enough fruit to meet the daily recommendation (1 to 2 cups ).
Eating the daily recommendation of fruit is vital to your children’s health. Eating fruit helps prevent obesity, boost the immune system, and reduce the risk of chronic diseases. It can even help your children perform better in school!
But with soft drinks and junk food around every corner, it can be difficult to convince your kids to eat healthy foods.
In order to get your kids in the habit of consuming fruit, you sometimes need to be a little sneaky! Instead of serving fruit as a side dish (total boring in the eyes of a child), you can serve it as a smoothie!
When kids hear the word smoothie, they don’t think, “Oh no! Mom is trying to make us it healthy!” Instead, they think, “Yay! It’s treat time!”
But how do you make sure you’re creating smoothies your kids will actually enjoy?
Read this article to learn how to make delicious fruit smoothies for kids!
Strawberry Banana Smoothie
Which kid doesn’t love the flavor combination of strawberry and banana?
Strawberry banana flavored smoothies are a great way to introduce your kids to the wonderful world of smoothies. They are super sweet and their flavor isn’t too overbearing.
To make a strawberry banana smoothie you will need:
- 1 cup of coconut milk
- 1 cup of strawberries
- 1 banana
- 1 cup of pineapple (optional)
Place all smoothie ingredients in a blender, starting with the liquids on the bottom. Blend until smooth. Voila! You have a delicious 4 serving snack that your kids will love!
If your kids go nuts over creamsicle ice cream bars, then this is a smoothie recipe you need to have in your ammo.
- 1 1/2 cups of orange juice
- 1/2 cup of milk (cow, coconut or almond all work great)
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 2 cups of ice
Add the ingredients in the order listed and combine until smooth for a great afternoon snack.
Peanut Butter Chocolate Banana Protein Smoothie
Protein helps keep your kids full for longer and therefore allow them to concentrate better in school.
A peanut butter chocolate banana smoothie is a great way to give your kids a dose of protein while also giving them a serving of fruit.
- 1 Banana
- 1 Tablespoon of Natural Peanut Butter
- 1 Teaspoon of Cocoa Powder
- 1 Cup of Coconut Milk
- 1 Cup of Ice Cubes
Blend until smooth for a delicious morning meal or afternoon study snack!
Pineapple, Red Cabbage, and Banana Smoothie
Kids are absolutely smitten by their favorite color. If your kid is partial to the color purple, then this smoothie is for them!
- 2 cups pineapple juice
- 2 cups shredded red cabbage
- 2 frozen ripe bananas
The vibrant purple created by the cabbage will leave your kids in awe! Plus, this is a great way to sneak in a serving of vegetables to your fruit smoothies.
Smoothies For Kids: Wrap Up
We hope you have fun testing out these recipes of smoothies for kids.
Be sure to check out our blender recommendations if you are in the market for a new one!