I love making smoothies for myself and I have managed to get my family on the smoothie bandwagon. However, in the beginning, it was hard to find kid and toddler-friendly smoothie recipes. I wanted my children to look forward to their daily smoothies instead of giving me the side eye when I handed them a glass of smoothie that basically implied mom have you lost your mind, surely you don’t expect me to drink that vile concoction in your hand.
Fortunately, I have found a handful of smoothie recipes that my children love, hopefully, your children will feel the same.
Common Ingredients in Kid and Toddler-Friendly Smoothie Recipes
Bananas, Strawberries, Blueberries, Almond Milk, Peanut Butter, Cacao, Cocoa Powder, Chocolate, Pineapples, Mangoes, Oranges, Cauliflower, Spinach, Kale, Carrots, Apples
Ripe Bananas, Honey
Other Smoothie Add-ins
Flaxseeds, Chia Seeds, Mint, Nut Butters
How To Make a Kid and Toddler-Friendly Smoothie
One of the things I love about giving my children smoothies is I can sneak in their daily dose of green vegetables. The trick is to use bold-flavored fruits such as pineapples, bananas, mangoes, and strawberries to disguise the taste of the green vegetables. Additionally, you can use these fruits to naturally sweeten the smoothie.
What vegetables should you use: When I am preparing smoothies for my children I prefer to use spinach, kale, or cauliflower since they have such a mild flavor. You can also use avocados in smoothies since they also have a mild flavor and they are a natural thickener for your smoothies.
What fruits should you use: Some of my favorite fruits for smoothies are mangoes, pineapples, bananas, passion fruit, and strawberries.
If your child doesn’t like bananas this is the perfect option. More than likely your child will believe they are consuming a strawberry milkshake instead of a healthy strawberry yogurt smoothie. This smoothie only has four ingredients so it’s a great option for a quick snack.
It’s hard to go wrong with pineapple and mangoes in your smoothie. Combine these ingredients with orange juice and you have a match made in smoothie heaven. This triple dose of goodness will have your children begging for more.
There is just something about the combination of chocolate and peanut butter that makes it irresistible to children. However, this smoothie is not only delicious but nutritious. You can add items such as avocados, chia seeds, or almond butter to increase the nutritional value of your smoothie.
This smoothie tastes as good as it looks. You will be forgiven if you think you are drinking a decadent creamy milkshake. Fortunately, this smoothie mimics the taste of a creamy milkshake but it is full of ingredients that are good for you such as flaxseeds, chia seeds, and cinnamon.
Bananas and peaches are a match made in smoothie heaven. The addition of oranges and mangoes adds to this fruity goodness. The addition of greek yogurt adds additional protein to your smoothie and makes it thick and creamy.
Strawberries and bananas are a fruit combination that your kid will find hard to resist. However, what I really like about this smoothie is it includes cauliflower and the best part is your kid won’t know since cauliflower has such a milk flavor.
This orange smoothie is a great option instead of giving your child plain orange juice. This orange smoothie is easy to prepare since it only contains six ingredients. The addition of greek yogurt adds extra protein to your smoothie.
If your child is a picky eater who has an aversion to vegetables this carrot smoothie is a great way to help your child meet their daily quota of vegetables. The pineapples and bananas in this smoothie disguise the taste of the carrots. The greek yogurt and walnuts add additional protein to this smoothie.
The beauty of using spinach in smoothies is it has a very mild taste so you won’t know it’s there. The beauty of this smoothie is the strawberries and bananas disguise the taste of the spinach in this smoothie. The vanilla-flavored protein powder and vanilla-flavored almond milk add extra flavor to this smoothie.
When I think of chocolate and mint I usually think of ice cream. However, your children can enjoy this delicious flavor combination in a nutritious and delicious smoothie. Even though this smoothie has chocolate and mint it also contains spinach and chia seeds.
This smoothie is creamy and delicious. It’s hard to go wrong with the flavor combination of apples and peanut butter. This smoothie only has five ingredients so it’s a great option for a quick breakfast.
The thought of strawberries and blueberries brings a smile to my face. I am pretty sure this flavor combination will bring a smile to your kid’s face. Additionally, if your child doesn’t like bananas this is a great option since it doesn’t contain bananas. The addition of yogurt provides extra protein and the vanilla extract enhances the flavor of this smoothie.
One of the great things about kale is it tends to have a very mild flavor, which makes them a great option for smoothies. The green taste of the kale in this smoothie is disguised by the addition of pineapples, bananas, and orange juice.