Little M is a veggie drinking fiend. He loves his daily smoothies! Drinking veggie smoothies is such a successful way of getting whole veggies and all the nutrients in their skins and pulp into my little boy’s tummy, that I thought I’d share our daily smoothie recipe with you.
I usually make a batch of smoothie every other night and am able to fill two straw cups full with our blend (we use these.) I’ve tried a blender, immersion blender, and a food processor and the food processor is my favorite method by far. The veggies don’t get stuck in the blades and it gets the drink super smooth and easy to suck through a straw. But if you don’t have a food processor, the other two work just fine.
Here’s what we’re drinking this week:
In a microwave safe bowl put:
- ¾ cup frozen green beans (I measure 2 – 3 servings by weight)
- 1 cup frozen strawberries
Defrost the frozen veggies and berries for a minute or two in the microwave until they’re thawed, but not hot.
In a food processor put:
- 3 – 4 big leaves bunches of fresh kale or two+ servings of frozen kale (I measure by weight)
- 6 – 8 baby carrots
- 1 Yo Baby yogurt – I usually use vanilla
- 1 ripe banana
- Defrosted berries & green beans
Blend for a few minutes until super smooth, scraping down the sides once or twice. Pour into lidded straw cups and hand over to your toddler!
I vary the fruits and veggies, but always try to use the darkest, leafy veggies I can since those are the ones Little M won’t eat fresh. When we’re out of bananas I’ll use mangoes and strawberries instead – we have a big selection of frozen fruit so we swap things out often. If I’m using swiss chard instead of kale, I’ll try to use the sweetest fruits we have to offset the bitterness of the chard. Sometimes if the smoothie still needs a little more sweetness, I’ll add mango or an additional half of a very-ripe banana.
Little M likes all the combos of veggie smoothies we’ve created, but the recipe above is a definite favorite.
What are your LO’s favorite smoothie combos?
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