If you're looking for a healthy smoothie for kids (that they'll love), I've got an easy recipe for you. Plus, you can freeze the leftovers to make healthy popsicles during the warm months.
I know it's not officially summer yet, but with school letting out in just a few days, it sure feels like summer to me. There are a ton of fresh, cool foods that I am excited to make over the next few months, but at the top of the list are these easy green smoothies.
There are a few different varieties of kids' smoothies I like to make, but today I'm sharing my easy green smoothie recipe. It's my favorite healthy smoothie for kids because it contains a lot of spinach, but you would never know it based on how it tastes. It's only the green hue that gives it away.
There are many different ways to make green smoothies, but this is my go-to recipe. I like using spinach instead of kale because it blends up really smoothly in a regular blender (no Vitamix required). Pineapple is my other "must have" ingredient because it completely eliminates the spinachy taste of the spinach.
I started off making these smoothies for myself, but my kids loved them, too! It's such a great way to get kids to eat their greens without even realizing they're doing it. (If you think your kids would completely balk at the green hue of the smoothies, you can always omit the spinach, or start with a tiny amount and build it up over time. Another option is to use a combination of strawberries and blueberries instead of mango and pineapple, as the dark color of the blueberries will mask the green.)
You can always use fresh fruit if you have it on hand, but since chopping pineapple and mango is a pain, I like to buy it already frozen and cubed. Just toss everything into the blender and blend away until it's nice and smooth.
And now for my special trick!
If you have any leftover smoothie, don't throw it away! Instead, pour it into a reusable popsicle mold. The great thing about homemade popsicles is that they can be really nutritious, and the kids don't even notice that they're getting a good dose of veggies, fruit, calcium, protein and vitamins with each lick.
I wrote my recipe to create a big batch so that I can make smoothies to drink right away, and still have a lot leftover to make healthy popsicles. If you only want to make a small batch of smoothies, just cut the recipe in half.
Healthy Smoothie for Kids
- 1 cup orange juice
- 1 cup vanilla coconut milk you can substitute vanilla almond, soy or rice milk
- 2 bananas
- 2 cups packed baby spinach tough stems removed
- 2 ½ cups frozen mango chunks
- 2 ½ cups frozen pineapple chunks
- Put the ingredients in a blender and blend on high until mixture is smooth. Serve immediately for smoothies, or freeze in reusable popsicle molds.