My daughter loves Robeks. I blame her father; God knows she’s not going to fall in love with any food that even vaguely approximates healthy because of something I did. However, Robeks isn’t the most budget-friendly treat, so I wanted to figure out how to indulge the smoothie habit at home. Check out these awesome (kid-friendly!) smoothie recipes.
Sweet Lettuce Smoothie: Never in a million years would I have thought to put lettuce in a smoothie—no matter how popular of a smoothie ingredient spinach and kale are. But added to apples and grapes, this pretty green mix is amazingly refreshing on warm day, or after a lengthy indoor dance party, depending on your weather.
Beet Berry Smoothie: Beets are popular veggie choice for a smoothie; they add great nutrition and a gorgeous garnet color. I don’t like to sneak vegetables around; the kid needs to learn to eat them. But a) she likes beets and b) this is a way to add extra veggies to an already healthy snack.
Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie (“The Elvis”): I love this recipe’s use of peanut butter to add a rich (and non-fruit-or-vegetable) flavor. I mean, fruits and veggies are great, but they’re not the only smoothie ingredients out there! And if bananas and peanut butter were good enough for Elvis, who are we to judge?
Kale Banana Smoothie: See, I told you kale was a thing in smoothies! This is a fun recipe for kids who don’t like (or can’t eat) nut butters, but still want that delicious banana flavor.
Black Forest Smoothie: Hey, look! A healthy treat that doubles as dessert! I love this kind of sneaky stuff. One of my kid’s favorite things to eat is yogurt that’s been frozen in a popsicle mold. For her, this is what popsicles are. And I’m the coolest mom ever because I don’t care if she eats one with breakfast! Consider this smoothie that kind of amazing food.
Creamsicle Smoothie: This recipe is fun for two reasons. First, we love us some creamsicles here in my house, but I feel guilty every time we treat ourselves. I mean, it can’t get much more processed than artificially dyed and flavored popsicles so cue the mom-guilt. Enter creamsicle-inspired smoothies to make me feel better! Second, it seems so counterintuitive to me to put citrus in a smoothie, so the recipe automatically seems super-creative and awesome. (Which I guess is weird since I eat creamsicles. Huh.)
Turbo Strawberry: I can’t very well write a post about kid-friendly smoothies and not throw a strawberry-banana smoothie on the list can I? But this one is even more awesome because it adds blueberry yogurt and—wait for it—broccoli.
Chocolate Avocado Paleo Smoothie: I’ve made pudding using bananas, cocoa, and avocado and it was pretty rich and tasty—so even better in a creamy, frozen smoothie! This recipe is allergy-friendly and paleo, so if you’re striving to make healthy choices for yourself, too, it’s a win-win smoothie.
Watermelon Smoothie: Okay. As I write this, nearby states are suffering through a blizzard and our temperatures are plummeting to below freezing, so this may not be the best time to think about watermelon smoothies. Then again, maybe it is.
And in case you get bored with these recipes try this next one!
Make It Up: Okay, this isn’t really a recipe. What it is is a genius guide to creating your own smoothie recipes. You know your family—and their tastes—best, so use this guide to create your family’s favorite smoothie flavors.