Healthy smoothie recipes for kids 

Nutrition comes from many sources. You don’t just have to feed your child solid foods. Many smoothies are fun to make and even more delicious to drink. If your son or daughter eats the same thing all the time, and varied nutrition worries you, consider the drink recipes in this website.

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Healthy smoothie recipes for kids
Healthy smoothie recipes for kids

Summer Sun Smoothie

This smoothie recipe provides a heaping portion of vitamin C, and Summer Sun Smoothie tastes great — especially on hot summer days. To find out more about vitamin C and nutrition for kids.

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Yield: Two 1-cup servings

1 cup orange juice

1⁄2 cup grapefruit juice

Medium banana, ripe

1⁄2 cup vanilla yogurt

1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla extract

 

Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Serve immediately.

 

Carrot Pineapple Smoothie

This smoothie, which is delicious when served very cold, has the tangy zip of pineapple,but you get to add a veggie serving as well — possibly without your child even realizing it. It’s perfect for a hot summer day, and it works as an alternative dessert after a meal.

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Yield: Two 1-cup servings

3⁄4 cup finely shredded carrot or pure carrot juice

1 cup water

8-ounce can crushed pineapple, in its own juice

1 cup ice cubes

  1.  Place the shredded carrot and water in a blender and blend for about a minute. If you’re using carrot juice, pour into a blender and move to Step 3.
  2. Strain mixture through a sieve or even a clean kitchen towel, collecting juice in a bowl. Return strained juice to the blender.
  3. Add the pineapple and its juice along with the ice, and blend until smooth. Serve immediately.

 

Blueberry Banana Smoothie

This cold treat tempts the pickiest of eaters (as well as everyone else in your house). We love the blueberry-banana taste, and you’ll be happy as a parent because you’re providing two servings of fruit, plus a milk serving, all in one delicious smoothie.

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Yield: Two 1-cup servings

 

Medium banana, ripe

3⁄4 cup fresh or frozen blueberries

1⁄4 cup full-fat vanilla yogurt

3⁄4 cup whole milk

Pinch of cinnamon

1⁄2 cup crushed ice

 

Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Serve cold.

 

Watermelon Strawberry Smoothie

There is something about watermelon and strawberries that just sounds like a treat on a hot summer day. Our family loves these smoothies out by the pool, but you’ll find them perfect for just about any time of the year.

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Yield: Two 1-cup servings

4 cups 1⁄2-inch cubes seeded watermelon

1⁄2 pint strawberry sorbet

1 cup fresh strawberries, cut into small pieces

 

Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Serve cold.

 

Orange Banana Smoothie

This quick and yummy smoothie works well for kids and it’s full of complex carbohydrates for energy. Your child will think this smoothie is a treat, but with plenty of vitamins, you’ll know it’s a good snack option.

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Yield: One 1⁄2-cup serving

 

1⁄2 banana

2 tablespoons plain, full-fat yogurt

2 tablespoons orange juice

  1. Place the ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth.
  2. Pour the mixture into a plastic cup and serve with a spoon.

 

Carrot Banana Smoothie

This smoothie can actually be given to children all the way down to 1 year of age, but we like this one because you work in the carrot juice, so it’s not just a fruit smoothie. Try it out!

Preparation Time: 5 minutes

Yield: Four 1-cup servings

1 cup carrot juice

1 cup apple juice

1 small ripe banana

6 ounces full-fat plain yogurt

 

Put all the ingredients in a blender and blend until the juice reaches the desired consistency. Pour the mixture into a plastic cup and serve with a straw or spoon.

Tip: If you own a juicer, for an all natural, healthy drink use fresh carrots and apples and juice the fruit in your machine until you have enough juice to fill the 1-cup measurements

 

Watermelon Slushy

On a hot summer day, this slushy is sure to be hit with kids of all ages.

Preparation Time: 20 minutes

Chill time: 30 minutes

Yield: Five 1-cup servings

2 cups seeded watermelon chunks

6-ounce can frozen lemonade concentrate

1⁄4 cup water

1 cup ice

  1.  Put the watermelon chunks in a bowl and chill them in the freezer until they’re very cold or almost frozen, about 30 minutes.
  2. Put the watermelon and the rest of the ingredients in a blender and blend until you get the slushy consistency you desire. Add more ice if necessary.
  3. Pour the mixture into a cup and serve with a straw or spoon.

 

Basic Smoothie

Children love smoothies and will often drink a smoothie when they refuse to eat anything else. That is why parents often rely on smoothies to provide some solid nutrition. This basic smoothie recipe avoids cow’s milk and can be adapted to any kind of fruit you desire. If your child has severe milk allergies, consider trying a soy yogurt.

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Chill time: 15 minutes

Yield: Three 1-cup servings

 

2 cups plain, full-fat yogurt

2 tablespoons honey (omit if your child is less than 1 year old)

1 cup water

1 teaspoon lemon juice

1 cup fruit, crushed and drained

Pour all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Chill for 15 minutes and serve cold.

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