4 Toddler Smoothies My Little One Loves

Greetings! If your toddler is anything like mine then it’s a bit of a challenge to get her/him to consume the stuff that’s good for them. Gone are the days when I could just give my daughter a bottle and be certain she was getting all of the nutrients she needs. Now I have to be “sneaky” about getting her to eat things like broccoli, kale, green beans, carrots, and milk. I am further thwarted by the reluctance of her teeth to come in. Toddler smoothies are a great way to get in the nutrients our little selective eaters miss when they refuse to eat certain foods.

Smoothies have been my saving grace! I can put all the things she won’t eat in one and she’ll drink it up! I’ve even purchased her a special cup to drink them out of. The addition of ice or frozen fruit make them nice and cold, which feels really good on her gums when she’s teething. I like to give her one with her breakfast and another one for her afternoon snack. One gives her a good start on her nutrition for the day and the later one is just enough to satisfy her without getting her too full before dinner.

Finally! Here are the four smoothies Nevaeh enjoys the most:

toddler smoothie
Peanut Butter & Apple Smoothie for Toddlers

Peanut Butter & Apple

2 tsp Peanut Butter

4 oz Apple/Pear Yogurt

2 oz Apple Sauce

2 oz Whole Milk

2-3 Ice Cubes

This smoothie is a great for sneaking in the dairy for a toddler like mine who doesn’t like to drink straight milk. It’s also a good source of protein, vitamin D, and calcium. I use the Happy Family brand of yogurt. They have  yogurt for each stage. You can also use natural peanut butter or any other nut butter as a  substitute.

Bananas & Cream Smoothie for Toddlers

Bananas & Cream

1 small frozen Banana

1/2 fresh Banana

4 oz Whole Milk

2 oz Greek Yogurt

1 tsp Honey

Here’s another smoothie to help with dairy consumption. it’s packed with potassium, vitamin C, vitamin b-6, and calcium. If you’re concerned about constipation you can drop the 1/2 fresh banana and just go with the frozen. Plain, vanilla, or banana yogurt can be used in place of the greek yogurt. You can substitute agave for honey. I recommend taking our the honey if you’re going to use a flavored yogurt since the flavored yogurt is usually sweet enough.

Berry Orange Smoothie for Toddlers
Berry Orange Smoothie for Toddlers

Berry Orange

4 oz Mandarin Oranges (drained)

4 Strawberries

4 oz Whole Milk

1/4 c Chopped Kale

1 tsp Agave

2-3 Ice Cubes

Hide the green stuff! My little has no idea there is “yucky” green kale in this smoothie and because the kale is raw she gets all the health benefits. You could use spinach, but I like to use kale because all of the calcium in kale is available for absorption as opposed to 24% in spinach. With oranges, strawberries, and kale, there is a ton of vitamin C. So it’s the perfect smoothie to give a toddler who’s headed to daycare for the day. You also get vitamin D, calcium, Vitamin A, and even a bit of iron. Win!

Sweet Veggies & Fruit Smoothie for Toddlers
Sweet Veggies & Fruit Smoothie for Toddlers

Sweet Veggies & Fruit

3 oz Carrot Puree

1/4 c  Chopped Kale

1 small Banana

1/2 tsp Agave

4 oz Whole Milk

2 oz Greek Yogurt

Vitamin A is the star of this smoothie since it contains carrots and kale. You also get calcium, vitamin D and a some iron. This one is actually one of my favorites to drink too! You can use blanched carrots, or carrot puree. You also don’t really need the agave, but it does help the hide the strong flavor of the kale.

Well there you go! Four nutritious smoothies I use to help make sure my little one gets all her nutrients. They’re tasty and easy to make. All you need is a good blender. I use a Nutri Ninja. I hope you try them. If you do, let me know how your toddler liked them in the comments. Also, feel free to leave some of your favorite smoothie recipes as well.

That’s all for this week! Keep an eye out for this week’s “Day In The Life” video to see some of the specific ingredients I use for these smoothies.

Enjoy! See y’all in the next post!

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