Guest Writer: How to get kids to drink healthy smoothies

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How to Get Kids to Drink Healthy Smoothies

If you’ve ever read your kids the book Green Eggs and Ham you know how much resistance can go into eating something green. Yet there are many ways you can get your kids to love green, healthy smoothies, helping them get their vitamins and grow up strong. Here are some tips on selling the healthy stuff to kids.

  • Call it something fun. Kids will eat just about anything if it appears to be cool, gross or fun in some way and the green color of these healthy smoothies can work well with this. Try naming your smoothies after your child’s favorite cartoons or making them sound silly.
  • Fine-tune them. If there are particular things you know your kids like or hate tailor your smoothies to meet their discerning needs. This doesn’t mean reducing the nutritional content, as sometimes just making them “slushier” will be enough to sell the idea on your kids.
  • Sneak the good stuff in. Many kids won’t instantly be in love with the idea of smoothies. The trick here can be to sneak in the good stuff in at first and slowly build up the level as your kids adjust to eating healthy.
  • Use kid-friendly containers. Crazy straws, fun glasses and even cup-clinging toys can make getting a smoothie so much fun that kids forget it’s good for them.
  • Add a good amount of fruit. For many kids, the sweetness of the fruit will mask any of the veggies and greens they may not find as favorable.   Plus, if you pick the right fruits they can add loads of vitamins as well.
  • Make it a treat. Even if you want your kids to drink smoothies pretty regularly, making them a healthy form of dessert can improve your chances of getting your kids to beg to drink them.
  • Drink them yourself. Leading by example is a great philosophy to follow and if you want to influence your kids to drink green smoothies what better way than showing them how much you enjoy them yourself?

There are lots of ways to get your kids with you on the healthy bandwagon, just have a little patience and be inventive and you’ll soon make green smoothies a family affair.


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  1. I have 2 boys ages 4 & 2. They love their green smoothies! They even talked my MNL to try one while she was here for a week & she got a lil choked up and couldn’t drink anymore. LoL. My oldest tells everyone that he has big growing muscles from green smoothies. One thing I do to help them drink it is add organic peanut butter & a lil pure maple syrup. This sweetens it up to their taste just enough. Just two weeks ago my 4yo had a sore throught and he asked to go to Dr.Penny’s (our chiropractor) and for a green smoothie! A lil later in the day I asked how he was feeling and he said “Mommy I’m better, remember I had a green smoothie!” So once they get used to it, they notice the difference it has on thier little bodies and want it! We started out just as Robyn suggested more fruit and work the veggies up. Now we have 6 cups of greens & 1 cup of frozen berries, w/some other things in our smoothies!

  2. We have called them “Swamp Smoothies” many times! We have also froze them in the molds and called them “Shrek Pops!” I have also noticed that my kids enjoy making them and inventing their own recipes. There have been a few times that they tasted entirely too healthy but becaue the kids made it they ate it! They have learned though to write down the ones that taste good so they can repeat them! 😉

  3. I fed some green smoothie to my granddaughter (age 1 1/2) last summer and it gave her diarrhea. Was that because she wasn’t used to it and her system was doing a clean-out? Or should I have started with more fruit and less greens?

  4. anyone know if I can freeze coconut water? and what signifies a coconut meat that is “bad?” too bad to use anymore?

  5. probably because she’s not used to having that much fiber (which is good fo us) the SAD is deplete of it though.

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