Toddler Approved Smoothies


Smoothies are a daily occurrence in our home. Our three-year-old loves them. He begs us to make him a “see-moo” (smoothie).  Given his enthusiasm for smoothies, you are probably thinking I really mean a milkshake, but I don’t. He has never had a milkshake and has only had gelato a handful of times. When he asks for a smoothie he is asking for fruits and veggies.  We often let him choose the ingredients and today’s concoction was interesting. His goal was to create a red or pink smoothie. Every smoothie we make begins with organic unsweetened original almond milk and an organic fair-trade banana. From there he added fresh organic spinach and fresh pineapple from the fridge. He then moved onto the freezer to dig out more ingredients. He chose organic parsnips, beets, carrots, cranberries, and  strawberries. We tossed his choices in and started up the Blendtec.

The result? A red smoothie. Goal 1 achieved – a red or pink smoothie. Now, for the taste. That is always an interesting and slightly nerve-wracking part of the creation process. It was a little different, but it was great. He drank 16 oz. of the smoothie! This smoothie had no added sugar, was created from primarily organic ingredients and there was no “hiding” of fruits and veggies involved.  He chose all of the ingredients.

What did this interesting smoothie provide?

  • Organic Unsweetened Almond Milk
    • Vitamin A, Vitamin D2, Vitamin E, Phosphorus, Potassium, Zinc, Calcium1
  • Organic, Fair Trade Banana
    • Dietary Fiber, Protein, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Folate, Potassium, Magnesium, Manganese, Phytosterols2
  • Organic Spinach
    • Dietary Fiber, Protein, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Riboflavin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Potassium, Zinc, Manganese, Phytosterols, Water, Omega-3s3
  • Pineapple
    • Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Thiamin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Riboflavin, Folate, Pantothenic Acid, Iron, Magnesium, Potassium, Zinc, Copper, Manganese, Phytosterols, Water4
  • Organic Strawberries
    • Vitamin C, Folate, Vitamin K, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Omega-3s, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosporus, Potassium, Copper, Manganese, Selenium, Phystosterols5
  • Organic Parsnips
    • Dietary Fiber, Folate, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Riboflavin, Vitamin B6, Thiamin, Vitamin K, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Anti-oxidants, Iron, Calcium, Copper, Potassium, Manganese, Phosporus, Magnesium, Zinc6
  • Organic Carrots
    • Dietary Fiber, Protein, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Pantothenic Acid, Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Manganese, Water7
  • Organic Beets
    • Dietary Fiber, Protein, Vitamin C, Folate, Vitamin B6, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Zinc, Copper, Manganese, Phytosterols, Water8
  • Organic Cranberries
    • Dietary Fiber, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Manganese, Potassium, Copper, Water9

Even when our toddler rummages through the freezer for smoothie ingredients, we occasionally get into a rut.  If you are in a smoothie rut, or just want some new ideas, check out the list below.  Although these options work best in a high-powered blender such as a Blendtec, Vitamix, or Ninja, an ordinary blender will also work. If you are using a regular blender, you may need to blend longer and finagle the correct liquids to add-ins proportion. All of these suggestions are toddler approved in our home:

  • Raw Cacao Powder
  • Nuts (raw or unsalted roasted)
    • Almonds
    • Walnuts
    • Pecans
    • Peanuts
    • Cashews
    • Any nut butter
  • Seeds
    • Sunflower Seeds
    • Hemp Seeds
    • Flax Seeds
    • Chia Seeds
  • Grains (these can drastically change the texture so add a little at a time)
    • Rolled Oats
    • Cooked Brown Rice (the frozen stuff works great)
    • Ground Barley
    • Cooked Quinoa (complete protein source)
    • Cooked Amaranth (complete protein source)
  • Fruits (You can easily buy frozen in bulk anytime of the year or freeze extra sliced/chopped when the fruit is in season)
    • Dates
    • Pineapple
    • Apple (with or without peel)
    • Avocado (makes a creamy smoothie)
    • Grapes
    • Oranges (by using whole oranges instead of orange juice you skip the blood sugar spike, gain the dietary fiber, and don’t risk any added sugars or flavors)
    • Bananas (make a great base to any smoothie)
    • Raspberries
    • Blackberries
    • Blueberries
    • Cranberries
    • Mango
    • Pears (these add water to your smoothie so adjust other liquids accordingly)
    • Plums
    • Cherries
    • Kiwi
  • Veggies
    • Carrots (you don’t even need to peel them, just give them a good scrub)
    • Sweet Potatoes (cooked, classified as a starch, but we like to think they are a veggie)
    • Parsnips
    • Beets (raw, roasted, or frozen)
    • Cucumber
    • Celery
    • Spinach (makes it into almost every smoothie we make)
    • Kale
    • Artichoke Hearts (you can find them in the frozen section without taking the time to deal with a whole artichoke)
    • Peas (our toddler doesn’t care for peas unless they are in a smoothie)
    • Soy Beans
    • Lima Beans
    • Parsley
    • Butternut Squash (cooked, cubed, and frozen)
    • Kohlrabi
    • Pumpkin

I hope you enjoy creating your next smoothie as much as we enjoy it in our home! Be sure to leave a comment with your favorite combinations.

Happy blending!

Moira

 

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References:

1 http://www.livestrong.com/article/246903-nutritional-benefits-of-almond-milk/

2 http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/fruits-and-fruit-juices/1846/2

3 http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/vegetables-and-vegetable-products/2626/2

4 http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/fruits-and-fruit-juices/2019/2

5 http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/fruits-and-fruit-juices/2064/2

6 http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/parsnips.html

7 http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/vegetables-and-vegetable-products/2383/2

8 http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/vegetables-and-vegetable-products/2348/2

9 http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/fruits-and-fruit-juices/1875/2