I’ve been giving out our smoothie recipe lately because, as it turns out, I’m friends with lots of women who have toddler-aged children and we’re all struggling with how to get our kids to eat the things we don’t even like to eat (sometimes). I’m talking about vegetables.
Since I got pregnant with Case (almost 3 years ago) we’ve been making these smoothies and have tweaked and re-tweaked the ingredients until we’ve gotten it down to a recipe that we both (and now Case) can agree is both delicious and nutritious! Case drinks about 12 oz. of it daily and we both get about 8-10 oz each.
A couple of years ago, my parents gave us a Vitamix (actually, I believe the card was only addressed to Brian, but I digress), which has significantly expedited our morning smoothie-making. If you have some extra change lying around and can afford a Vitamix, we highly recommend it as it’s pretty awesome. The thing can make peanut butter from peanuts in seconds – neato, huh?
Ok, back to the SMOOTHIE INGREDIENTS:
2 1/2 cups of baby spinach (we buy the big bags from Costco then transfer them into the boxes (plastic) from the grocery, as the spinach keeps longer in the boxes)
3 large carrots – cleaned and chopped into manageable blending sizes (no real need to do this with the Vitamix, but for other regular blenders its key to have the carrots blended evenly so it’s not lumpy)
2 1/2 cups orange juice
After we add these top 3 ingredients, we blend until smooth and then add the following:
1 cup frozen blueberries
1 1/2 cups frozen strawberries
1/2 cup of apple juice
Then we blend it again for 1 minute until smooth ,it should look a little ripply on top with some bubbles (similar to those that appear when making pancakes).
When I was pregnant with Case and Claire we added flax seed, but otherwise we’ve pretty much stayed true to this recipe as it’s consistency is pretty near perfect and it lasts in a nalgene for at least two days in the refrigerator.
Case slurps it right up and Claire (as of today, after she stole the straw cup from her brother and gulped it down) likes it too!
We do still try to get Case to eat vegetables (he doesn’t mind them if we put a pinch of sea salt on them!) and of course Claire eats mostly veggies as that’s all I’m really making for her (thanks to the Baby Bullet my MIL got for $15 at Big Lots!). But on the days that I don’t push the veggies, at least I know they’re getting something from our smoothie.
How do you get your kids to eat veggies?