Today I have a special guest post to share with a delicious (and easy!) recipe for a toddler-friendly green smoothie. I met Andrea through a friend of a friend in Des Moines and I've always loved her calm approach to both life and work. She has a keen eye for decor, she's a great writer, and she's also a wonderful mama. I'm so happy to be able to share her oldest son's favorite snack today, which we've been enjoying in our house ever since she was kind enough to share the recipe.
Hi! I’m Andrea. I am a freelance writer who loves spending my days playing trucks and building towers with my two boys. I’m excited to share our family’s favorite smoothie recipe. It is one of my 2-year old son, Emerson’s, most-requested afternoon snacks. And it’s my favorite way to sneak some spinach into his diet. Emerson eats a lot of vegetables, but he’s never been a big fan of spinach or any leafy greens. Mixing spinach into a smoothie is an easy way to give him greens and make him feel like he’s getting a treat. He especially loves drinking the smoothie from a cup with a straw.
Toddler Green Smoothie
Frozen bananas give the smoothie a creamy, naturally sweet base, though you can make this with a fresh banana as long as the other fruit is frozen. It’s easy to add whatever berries or fruit you have on hand, so customize it for your kiddo. Recipe courtesy of Andrea, everafterblueprint.com.
Makes 2 toddler-sized servings
- 1 cup almond milk (or dairy milk or coconut)
- 1 banana, sliced and frozen
- ½ cup frozen pineapple, strawberries, or mango
- 2 handfuls spinach
- Place all ingredients into blender and blend on high for 1 minute or until all the ingredients are combined and smooth. Add milk if needed to thin out for a sippy cup.
Add 1 teaspoon chia seeds or flaxseeds for additional fat, protein and fiber.
Use baby kale instead of spinach.
Freeze into popsicle molds.
I'd love to share more stories from you and your kids, so if you'd like to share one of your kiddo's favorite dishes, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with a photo, the recipe, and a bit about the food so we can make this a regular feature!