Morning, ya’ll! I don’t know about you, but I am a mother to two picky boys (and one not-so-picky girl), so I absolutely love to slip them foods they’d never consider eating on their own.
Mostly, I do this by making a lot of smoothies.
Nutrients that I feel my children don’t get enough of include plant-based protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and fibre. I also feel that they often don’t consume a wide enough variety of antioxidants. I mean, let’s be honest: when I ask them to eat the rainbow, they want Skittles.
Here are my top ten foods to slip in smoothies, which make up the majority of nutrients I feel they would otherwise lack in their diets:
You can’t overdo these, but because beets are naturally sweet and produce a very pink smoothie, my kids are usually none the wiser. They’re high in fibre, antioxidants, and if you leave the peel on, they may be a good source of various vitamins and minerals.
Again, don’t overdo it–and if you combine with blueberries, the result can look black and sludgy. Your best bet is to throw a small handful in with banana and pineapple to create a light green smoothie.
Same as spinach.
Granny Smith Apples
My kids generally find these apples pretty tart, which is why they prefer red ones. But in a smoothie, with the peel on? No problem! They’re a great source of fibre, with minimal naturally-occurring sugar.
Just one half of an avocado in a smoothie can produce the same smooth consistency as Greek yogurt. Unlike Greek yogurt, these suckers are plant-based, and fantastic for skin, hair, and nails. They’re high in great fat, and provide calories to little ones who need them.
These are tasteless in a smoothie, but provide high amounts of plant-based protein. They’re a way better choice than commercial protein powder. Which brings up to:
If you’re going to include protein powder in your child’s smoothies, use Vega. It’s hemp based, and is the best quality out there in terms of nutrition and clean ingredients.
Sound weird? It’s not! Oats are completely undetectable in smoothies, but provide fabulous plant-based protein. Oats are known for lowering blood sugar levels, and will make your child’s smoothie more filling.
This flax-based product is produced in Mission, BC, and is a total fibre powerhouse. The 5 ingredients are super quality, and it’s gluten-free. Adding 1/4 cup of NutraCleanse to your child’s smoothie every day can help their digestive health, as well as prevent future digestive issues.
If your wee one suffers from seasonal allergies, bee pollen could be a lifesaver. It doesn’t taste very good, which is why I sneak it into one smoothies. You only need about 1/2 tsp. every day to really keep hay fever at bay. It’s SUPER worth it.
And that’s it, folks! Good luck with your sneaky smoothies! Your kiddos will never know. xo