Having a durable and easy-to-use smoothie cup to use at home or on the go is one of the best ways to enjoy more smoothies. And these cups—which range from glass and silicone, to stainless, and BPA-free plastic—are perfect for kids of all ages…and can fit all budgets.
We drink a lot of smoothies in our house and over the years, we have tried all sorts of cups–with success and many spills!—and have narrowed down the list of our favorites to just a handful. These smoothie cups and pouches are my top recommendations to make it easy to serve smoothies to kids.
Due to the thickness of smoothies, I prefer a cup that’s a little different than what I’d suggest for a water bottle. The ones in this post were chosen for:
- Ease of cleaning
- Ease of use (so easy to suck from, not easy to spill)
- Can double as storage containers if you have leftovers to keep in the fridge
- Works with your child as they grow so it lasts for years
TIP: I do love the Lalo cup for water and other drinks, though the smaller size really only works for younger toddlers.
Glass Smoothie Cups
We’ve been using these new Wee Sprout Toddler Drinking Cups for a while now and I love their design. They are perfect for smoothies and were a great purchase. The straw can’t be pulled out, if the cup falls over on its side, it’s slow to spill, and the straw thickness is perfect for a smoothie. They come in 8 ounces and 12 ounces, so you can choose the size that’s best for your child.
And they come with a flat lid, too, so you can use that to store the smoothie for a future serving.
Stainless Steel Smoothie Cups
The 10-ounce Elk and Friends Stainless Steel Straw Cups are favorites for their durability and ease of cleaning, and I love the straw cup design. These help keep the smoothie cold and are easy for all ages to use. And the straw has a little stopper so the kids can’t pull it out of the top.
Plastic Smoothie Cups
If you prefer a reusable plastic cup for your smoothie, this set from Home and Kind is a great option. They’re reusable and easy to clean—and sort of look like what you’d get from a fancy smoothie shop. (Which might make you happy!)
This set may not last as long as stainless or glass, but they are great for making smoothie packs to freeze the ingredients right in the cup, which might fit your needs just fine.
Smoothie Meal Prep Containers
If I’m going to be meal prepping smoothies, I prefer to use the 8 ounce Wee Sprout Glass Jars. They have flat lids that seal tightly, so you can make your smoothies ahead and stash them in the fridge. (I use these jars for everything and find them to be incredibly useful.)
Reusable Pouch for Smoothies
The Squeasy Gear Pouch is made from silicone and is easy to clean. It comes in a variety of sizes and has a design that makes it harder for kids to spill their smoothie on purpose. (It is fairly spill-resistant if it just falls over, too.) We’ve used this product for years and it remains one of my very top toddler must-haves.
It’s great for thicker drinks but can also be used for liquids, applesauce, and other purees.
Portable Smoothie Cups for Adults
While I actually use the 12 ounce Weesprout cup listed above, these are some other great options for adults (with larger volumes for larger smoothies).
Yeti 26-Ounce Straw Cup: This has the added benefit of keeping the smoothie or drink cold if you don’t get to drink it all at once because, say, you’re chasing the kids between sips.
Mason Jar Lids with Straw: Use a mason jar you already have fitted with this lid and straw for a smoothie ready to go anywhere.
Smoothie Recipes to Try
Once you have your smoothie cup, try it out with one of these favorite smoothie recipes. Each is a perfect size to make a big toddler serving, one serving for now and one for later, or a recipe to share.
Best Tips for Smoothie Cups
- Look at the size of the cup when choosing to pick one that works for the typical volume your child drinks, though remember that may increase as they grow.
- If your cup comes with a flat lid, use that for storing leftovers as it will help keep air out of the mixture, which can help it last a little longer.
- Clean the cup after each using, using the straw brush that came with the set.
- Let the kids help choose which color of smoothie they want and even to add the ingredients to the blender. That may help them be more interested in drinking it.
- Choose an insulated smoothie cup if you’ll often be taking them out of the house for extended periods of time.
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