While more adults are finding out about the health benefits of a daily green smoothie, many of us assume that an appreciation for blended fruits and vegetables won’t translate to our kids. But not only is a daily green smoothie just as healthy for kids as it is for adults, starting healthy habits early means they’ll stay for life!
Here are eight reasons why your kiddos should be jumping on the green smoothie train!
Smoothies Make Veggies Exciting
Smoothies that incorporate veggies show kids that veggies are versatile and can taste good! You’re just “dressing them up” a bit. When your little one sees a handful of greens going into a smoothie, and then they like drinking it, that’s the first step towards kids eating their vegetables!
Kids Can Share Breakfast with Mom and Dad
What’s better than a healthy breakfast? Not having to make a separate healthy breakfast for the kids! Getting the family ready in the morning can leave everyone short on time. Blend up one smoothie to share with your little ones and breakfast is done in a snap. Toast up a piece of bread to serve on the side if they’re extra hungry.
Smoothies Inspire Adventurous Eating
Help combat picky eating by introducing lots of flavors to kids. Smoothies are a great way to incorporate new flavors that may otherwise be tricky to serve. Add some things your kids might not try with regular meals, like fresh ginger, mint, or lemon!
They’re Good for On-The-Go
Life with kids is hectic! Instead of grabbing a packaged breakfast or snack when you don’t have time to sit down, blend up a smoothie and pour it in a to-go cup. It’s the perfect energy to fuel your kids for all their activities.
Real Food VS a Vitamin
Kids need the right nutrients to help them grow. Since smoothies incorporate a variety of naturally-occurring vitamins and minerals, it helps get those little bodies exactly what they need from real food. They’ll also get a helping of healthy fats, protein, and fiber — three things most multivitamins don’t provide.
Kids Will Learn About Food
One of the best ways to teach young kids about nutrition is to familiarize them with healthy foods. You can do this without ever mentioning how healthy they are! Learning names of various fruits and veggies, and learning different properties — soft or crunchy, big or small, color, etc. — helps them feel empowered and adventurous.
Kids Can Help Make Smoothies
If you dream of the day your kids will make their own meals, helping with smoothies is a great way to get them comfortable in the kitchen. Older kids can help gather and chop ingredients (with close supervision, of course). Younger ones can rinse produce and add ingredients to the blender. This is also a great opportunity to talk about the different fruits and veggies going into the smoothie!
A Smoothie is Dessert Filled With Good Stuff
All you have to do is say the smoothie is pie or chocolate flavored, and you’ve instantly deemed it dessert-worthy. Indulgent treats are fine occasionally, but if your kids have a sweet tooth, replace their normal daily dessert with a small smoothie for a no sugar added, nutrient packed treat.
Kacie Barnes is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who provides virtual and in-person nutrition coaching and expert advice at Barnes Nutrition and Wellness. She also blogs at mamaknowsnutrition.com. Kacie has a Master of Clinical Nutrition degree from UT Southwestern. She lives in Dallas, TX with her husband and two children. Connect with her on Instagram and Facebook.