KID FRIENDLY SMOOTHIE & YOGURT BOWLS

One thing I can count on that I know for sure my kids will even entertain is smoothies. Even when they’re not good they’ll still suffer through it for the sake of it. I made a smoothie a few weeks ago that was even hard for me to finish because of all the greens I added but Jaden was determined to finish it. I have such a hard time getting them to eat green veggies, especially Jaden. So my horribly bad smoothie got me to thinking. Why not hide all of the good for you stuff he hates in a beautifully displayed smoothie and yogurt bowl disguised behind lots of fruits.

One thing I can count on that I know for sure my kids will even entertain is smoothies. Even when they’re not good they’ll still suffer through it for the sake of it. I made a smoothie a few weeks ago that was even hard for me to finish because of all the greens I added but Jaden was determined to finish it. I have such a hard time getting them to eat green veggies, especially Jaden. So my horribly bad smoothie got me to thinking. Why not hide all of the good for you stuff he hates in a beautifully displayed smoothie and yogurt bowl disguised behind lots of fruits. Is it deceitful? Yes!! But is it pure mommy genius? Absolutely!

When thinking about a kid friendly smoothie and yogurt bowl packed with all the good greens, I knew I had to 1) make it pretty and 2) make it delicious. I recently discovered dates as a way to add sweetness without a ton of sugar. I’ve never been into dates so I’m pretty sure I’m late to the party but I love them now. I also realized that with kids everything starts with the visual. Girl, you have one shot to make it into their mouths and it starts with how it looks! Even though your smoothie might be packed with lots of things that swear would kill them, throw on some fruits you know they love on top!

Speak Their Language

Get creative with their bowls and speak their language. What the heck am I talking about? Well, I don’t know about you but if I tell Jaden I’m going to make him a Acai yogurt bowl with coconut flakes, flax seed and blah, blah, blah... he’d probably think I was crazy.

Get creative with their bowls and speak their language. What the heck am I talking about? Well, I don’t know about you but if I tell Jaden I’m going to make him a Acai yogurt bowl with coconut flakes, flax seed and blah, blah, blah… he’d probably think I was crazy. And then swear he doesn’t like acai blah blah blah. But if I told him I’m making him a pb&j smoothie he would be over the moon excited! Can you sneak greens and other healthy additives into their pb&J smoothie, sure. But all they hear is pb&J and you’ve won them from the start!

Very Berry Smoothie and Yogurt Bowl

The very berry smoothie and yogurt bowl is super simple. The boys usually get fruit with every meal and chances are its some form of berry. Since we always have berries in the fridge, this one was pretty easy to throw together and I know they will love the flavors. For this smoothie and yogurt bowl I threw in:

1 Banana

4 Strawberries

Handful of Blueberries and Raspberries

1 Date (for sweetener)

1 Handful of Spinach

1/2 cup Strawberry Greek Yogurt

1 cup Almond Milk

Throw in a few ice cubes, blend and garnish with granola and more fresh fruit!

 

PB&J Smoothie and Yogurt Bowl

This one is my favorite. Probably because I love rich smoothies that include nut butter. For this smoothie, I wanted to keep the taste familiar. Jaden went on a pb&j binge awhile back and literally ate pb&j everyday for breakfast. This probably went on for about a month. So this is an ode to him. It’s a flavor I know he would recognize and enjoy.

1 Banana

4 Strawberries

1/2 ripe avocado (for richness)

1 Date

1 Handful of Spinach

1 tbs cacoa powder

1 tbs nut butter (peanut or almond)

1/2 cup Strawberry Greek Yogurt

1 cup Almond Milk

Throw in a few ice cubes, blend and garnish with honey, nut butter and more fresh fruit!

 

TROPICAL SMOOTHIE AND YOGURT BOWL

The tropical smoothie bowl is super fruity and a good way to get creative. You can really use any tropical fruit like kiwis, mango or pineapple! I used frozen acai berries as the base of my yogurt which really inspired this bowl. I also found kiwi berries to throw on top. They’re a little more firm than a regular kiwi but they really are tasty!

1 Banana

4 Strawberries

1 Acai Frozen Pouch

1 Handful Spinach

1 cup Greek Yogurt

1 Date

1 tbs Honey

Throw in a few ice cubes, blend and garnish with more fresh fruit!

Good luck with getting your littles to try new flavors and a few added veggies. What are some ways you like to sneak veggies into your kid’s diets? Let me know down in the comments and don’t forget to share!

Until next time,

 

 

 

March 24, 2019

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