Have you ever wondered about making a healthy smoothie for your little one?
I have to let you know that smoothies are a fantastic way to keep your kids hydrated and happy.
But making them healthy and balanced can be tricky, especially if you’re not sure what types of ingredients to use.
So, let’s look now at the steps that will help you make healthy smoothies for toddlers.
Base the smoothie on wholefood-based ingredients
This is true for adults as well as kids!
Wholefoods should always be the 80% of your diet, no matter what your age.
What does this mean when it comes to smoothies?
Well it means using ingredients in your smoothies such as fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds, herbs, spices, wholegrains and dairy products.
Wholefoods are nutrient-dense foods and they contain macronutrients including protein and fibre.
But wholefoods are also full of essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
These micronutrients are often hard to get into young kids, so a smoothie is an ideal vehicle for a good dose of nutrition.
Sneaking in some vegetables
Unless you’ve got a toddler with an adventurous palate, getting veggies in is probably a daily struggle.
The good news is that smoothies are the perfect way to sneak vegetables in undetected and you can include almost any vegetable in a smoothie!
But as toddlers don’t do well with bitter foods, it’s best to start off with the milder vegetable options.
Have a play with these to start with:
- Sweet potato (cooked is best unless you have a powerful blender)
Also, if your child is particularly fussy, start small – one floret of cauliflower or a few leaves of spinach is a good start for a nutritious kid friendly smoothie.
Keep your servings small
You might be used to drinking 300ml or even 500ml smoothies without even thinking twice.
But little tummies need little serves, so how much is enough?
It does depend if the smoothie is the snack or a meal, but your child is the best guide here.
Start them off with a half cup of smoothie and if they’d like more, you can then offer more to them.
The best part?
You get to drink the leftovers!
Make that toddler smoothie tasty!
It’s all well and good to make the smoothie healthy, but if it’s not yummy, your munchkin won’t have a bar of it.
You can make sure it’s delicious by trying these tasty smoothie tips out.
- Sweetening it with their favourite fruits
- Adding a drizzle of honey or some dates, if they like really sweet foods
- Making it chocolatey with some cocoa
- Adjusting the texture to their preference. If they love creamy thick smoothies, add some yoghurt. If they prefer thin liquids, stick to blending up fruit, veg and a base.
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What to skip when it comes to smoothies for toddlers
Now you know what to include in a healthy smoothie for your toddler, it’s time for the not-so-great ingredients to use in their smoothie information for you.
You have to be aware there are a couple of ingredients that are not ideal for little ones and, not so good for you as well if they have them!
Coffee = not ideal for toddlers smoothies
As much as we all love a good Wake Me Up Smoothie for breakfast, giving caffeine to your toddler is asking for trouble.
Keep the coffee-based smoothies for yourself (it’s much better this way)!
Artificial flavours and sweeteners = maybe give these a miss too
Some artificial additives have been associated with health concerns, particularly in kids.
So, if you’re going to add a sweetener or an ingredient that is flavoured, make sure to opt for natural flavours and sweeteners.
It’ll work out better in the long run.
Want to make toddler-friendly smoothies even easier?
If you’re looking for smoothies you can share with your toddler, you can’t go past Super Cubes being the key for quick, tasty and nutritious smoothies.
You can use the Super Cubes as the smoothie base for your toddler.
Put 2-3 in your blender, add in your favourite liquid, add some of the ingredients above, blend and share.
It can be that easy to make your healthy smoothies for toddlers and an easy way to save you time in the mornings if you need it!