My son is generally a good eater. He eats his vegetables and he LOVES fruit. But some days, like today, I’ve found it difficult to get him to eat anything other than an apple, potatoes, and graham crackers. But one think he loves, is smoothies. I think part of the fun is from drinking out of a straw. But smoothies are a great way to hide in some extra veggies when your little eaters are having a picky day.
Why I like these ingredients:
- Kale-any excuse to add Kale is a good excuse. It’s anti-inflammatory, it’s full of folate (great for infant brain development), full of antioxidants and per calorie, it has more iron than meat and more calcium than milk. But beware, too much Kale and it the taste will over power your smoothie (I’ve made that mistake plenty of times).
- Berries-any berries will do, but I particularly love using blueberries. We have two blueberry trees in our yard and my husband is crazy about them. And they are strong and sweet enough to mask the taste of anything green. It’s also full of fiber, magnesium, and Vitamin C.
- Pineapples-Citrusy goodness! It’s full of Vitamin C, anti-inflammatory properties and it’s great for the heart and digestion.
- Avocado-I put avocado on EVERYTHING. And for good reason, it’s one of my favorite super foods. It’s high in fiber and potassium and lowers bad cholesterol.
- Celery-Celery contains lots of vitamins and calcium for your picky eater
- 1/2 cup kale (I prefer to freeze mine)
- 1/2 cup frozen berries
- 1/2 cup frozen pineapples
- 1/2 avocado
- 1/2 celery stalk chopped
- Combine all ingredients together in a blender and blend until smooth. Add more water if consistency is too thick. If using fresh fruit, add ice.