Kid Friendly Smoothie Recipe – Including Hidden Veggies
You all know that I love starting my day with a smoothie. It’s one of the easiest ways I have found to get a large portion and fruits and vegetables all in one sitting. My kids, however, are the waffles and cereal kinda breakfast people. But, we have been getting better about getting a good amount of nutrients in with their “special” smoothies. They will now happily drink a smoothie along with their breakfast as long as there isn’t anything “extra” in it. It has to be Kid Friendly.
A kid-friendly smoothie in my house is one that isn’t a “weird” color, like anything green or orange would be totally out, and it can’t taste like bananas. While some folks just love bananas, like me, my kids refuse to drink them. I have tried numerous times to sneak some into smoothies for them and I got told “Do you want to finish this one? I think I am full.” I have found that I can get away with a strawberry or two, my trick is that the fruit and vegetables (EEK! VEGGIES?!) have to have little flavor and don’t add much color to the smoothie.
SO, I am SUPER EXCITED to say that I am posting my very first MY Kid-Approved Smoothie recipe! If you are one of those lucky parents that have kids that don’t mind the green color or fun and unique flavors, I have a ton of recipes posted that you need to check out, because I get very creative with my smoothies. But, if you have kids like me that are on the less adventurous side about drinking fruits and vegetables, I have a recipe for you to try out.
I will openly admit, that I did not tell my kids that there were a few cucumber slices and baby carrots in this smoothie. And I am not ashamed of it at all 😉 I actually put cucumbers and carrots in probably 99% of my smoothies too, they are cost-effective, great for us, and add very little flavor to your smoothie.
Now, here’s my Kid-Approved Smoothie Recipe. Be sure to Print It and Pin It so that you can make it again and again.
- 3 strawberries
- 2 thick slices of cucumber
- 3 baby carrots
- 3 ice cubes
- 1 scoop Juice Plus+ Chocolate Whole Food Based Shake Mix
- 1 tablespoon peanut butter powder
- 8 oz milk - I used skim
- Place all ingredients as listed above into your favorite blending device
- Blend until smoothie
I hope you and your child(ren) enjoy this Kid-Friendly Smoothie as much as mine do!
Why I love giving my kids this Kid Friendly Smoothie:
- It’s loaded with protein from the shake mix and peanut butter powder that will keep them focused and ready to handle school.
- Carrots are great for their skin and aid in digestion. Plus, they are loaded with vitamin A.
- Cucumbers are mostly water – so they are very hydrating. Which our bodies need!
- Strawberries are loaded with vitamin C, fiber, and antioxidants.
- They say it tastes great 🙂
Why I love Juice Plus+ Complete Shake Mix:
- 13 grams of minimally processed, water-washed soy and other natural protein
- 8 grams of fiber
- Just .5 grams of fat
- It’s a great way to replace empty calories in your diet with healthful whole food based nutrition
- It tastes great
What are some of your favorite Kid-Friendly Smoothie Recipes?
While I did receive Juice Plus+ products for review, my opinions and recipe are 100% my own.
Did you know that September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month? That is just one other reason why I am excited to share this smoothie recipe with you, while we all know that kids learn from US, we are the ones that encourage activity and eating right.
During National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, Juice Plus+ along with Olympian Shannon Miller invite you to help eradicate childhood obesity in the month of September. We can all raise awareness around the staggering incline of childhood obesity, we all need to aim to inspire healthy living around the world by motivating families and children to lead active and healthy lives.
Be on the look out for my article on the importance of hydration this week too!
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