Start the day with a simple green spinach smoothie that’s geared for your toddler—so it’s not too thick, includes accessible ingredients, and is sweet enough to make them enjoy every sip. We also love this simple smoothie for snack time!
The key to a good green smoothie is balancing the flavors, so in addition to spinach, you need some fruit. We like to use banana since it adds a nice creaminess and is usually sweet enough that you don’t need to add any other additional sweetener.
Simple Spinach Smoothie
Today I have a special guest post to share with a delicious (and easy!) recipe for a toddler-friendly spinach 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.
Baby Spinach Smoothie
This green smoothie doesn’t have any added sweeteners so it’s also a great one to give to babies. Try it using a straw cup, a little open cup, or a reusable pouch. We particularly like the combination of banana, spinach, and mango for little ones!
Vegan Spinach Smoothie
Green smoothies are easy to make dairy-free and actually, I find that nondairy milks blend up better than dairy milk, which can separate if it sits for any amount of time after blending. Look for a milk without added sweeteners—it will say “unsweetened” on the label— and let the fruit do the work to minimize added sugars.Print
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.
- 1 cup almond milk (or other favorite milk)
- 1 banana, sliced and frozen
- ½ cup frozen pineapple, strawberries, or mango
- 1 cup loosely packed baby spinach
- Place all ingredients into blender and blend on high for 1 minute or until all the ingredients are combined and smooth. Serve immediately.
Add 1 teaspoon chia seeds or flaxseeds for additional fat, protein and fiber.
Add 1 tablespoon nut or seed butter for added protein and fat.
Use baby kale instead of spinach.
Freeze into popsicle molds.