Do your kids shy away from “green” smoothies?
If you are exploring smoothies, then many of you have probably seen the infamous “green” smoothie pictures and have wondered how in the world you would possibly get your kids to drink something like that!?! There are a few ways to help coax your kids into something new, whether it’s a lime green smoothie or a new food altogether.
But first, let’s start with the why:
Why do we want our kids to drink green smoothies?
Kids are pretty well known for not actually wanting to eat all their green vegetables. They either look funny, taste gross, or just have a weird texture that kids don’t seem to respond well too. But of course, leafy green vegetables contain all the very important vitamins and minerals (calcium, vitamin C, beta-carotene) that our kids need to stay healthy and keep a strong immune system up and running. And because there is that general problem of having them eat as many veggies as they should, disguising them in a smoothie is perfect!
How do we get our kids to drink green smoothies?
1. Get a blender that will actually blend all of the ingredients together. I used to think a blender was just a blender, until I got a Blendtec. Gone are the days of gritty protein smoothies or kale that won’t fully blend—not to mention the slush texture most other blenders left behind when you add ice.
We’ve come to be addicted to our smoothies since our Blendtec arrived because they are truly silky smooth. When you are making leafy green smoothies, you are dealing with a lot of “roughage” so to speak. There are stalks and leaves that need to be chopped up finely and smoothly in order for your kid not to notice that they are there. You really don’t want to hear your kid say, “Mommy there’s chunks of stuff in my smoothie.” Nothing blows the whole green smoothie (even if you make it another color) like bad texture (check out this video, and you’ll see what I mean).
2. Make a “green” smoothie a different color and go half strength at first. Meaning that you don’t have to go full-strength green veggies when you make your first one. Add more fruit than veggies so the color isn’t fully green and the taste is more fruity. This will help the transition into the full-blown green smoothies. Think baby steps. This chocolate smoothie is the perfect starter before getting to the advanced green smoothie. It is truly chocolate brown, and it masks the “salad” flavor.
3. Give it a cool name. Green monster, super juice, the hulk, kryptonite juice—if it’s green, call it something cool that is green. Something that your kids can relate to or just make them giggle. They are much more likely to eat or drink something that they think is funny or cool. With a fun name, I’m even able to pack these smoothies for lunch and be confident that the kids will drink them right up!
4. Sip it, don’t chug it. Kids love straws, and crazy straws are usually a hit, too. They make the drinking process fun watching the green smoothie crawl through loops! It takes the concentration off the smoothie itself and focuses it on the fun of drinking an awesome green smoothie!
Chocolate Green Smoothie
Can’t get your kids to drink a “green” smoothie? That’s okay. They are going to LOVE this chocolate green smoothie!
- Yield: 4 1x
- 1 ¾ cups milk (or nondairy milk)
- 3 tablespoons unsweetened cacao powder, or
- 3 tablespoons chocolate protein
- 3 tablespoons almond butter (or non-nut butter)
- 4 dates, pitted, or
- 2 ½ tablespoons raisins, soaked in hot water and drained when softened
- 1–2 handfuls spinach
- 3 bananas, frozen
- ¼ cup ice
- In your high-speed blender, add all the ingredients in the order listed (always in a liquid to solids order). Blend in your smoothie cycle for about 50 seconds to 1 minute until all items are incorporated.
- Serve immediately.