Getting a toddler to eat raw veggies, vitamins, and health foods can be a serious challenge, but as parents we need to improvise, and get creative in our deception. My little man will drink pretty much anything through a straw if it's sweet, cold and fruity tasting, as will most. He thinks it's a treat! Little does he know that his delicious beverage is packed full of brain stimulation, vitamin packed nutrients remaining incognito until safely within his digestive system.
If you have tried any of the vegetable fruit blend juices on the market you will know that fruit flavour over-rides veggie flavour. Therefore you can add fairly large amounts of these guys to your fruit juices and smoothies and nobody knows ;)
I like to take this opportunity to sneak in some green veggies, however if you have a particularly fussy eater who will notice the slightly odd colour, then you can opt for veggies like carrots or beets.
I find it's usually better to put disguised drinks in opaque cups with lids and a straw, out of sight, out of mind.
I also like to take this opportunity to get my sons probiotic and coconut oil servings into one efficient meal. As i have covered in an earlier post "Probiotics For Life" Found HERE. Probiotics are great for everyone and should be taken daily.
I make this smoothie for myself quite often as well. I sometimes leave it dairy free, but will often throw a couple of tablespoons of fat free Greek yogurt in for some protein. There are cultured almond milk and coconut milk yogurts on the market now that you can add for a creamier dairy free smoothie but my little man is happy with it as is. This is really just a guideline which you can alter to suit your own tastes. Over ripe bananas about to get binned? Throw one in! Want to boost your vitamin C intake during cold season? How does guava, kiwi and strawberry sound? Don't forget to slip,some vitamin packed broccoli in there, you'll never taste it with all those delicious fruity flavours. My point is, have fun, be creative, think outside of the juice box!
Scrumptious Sneaky Smoothie
1 cup of frozen or fresh fruit of your choice
3/4 cup of coconut milk (or any other dairy free milk alternative, coconut milk really makes up for the lack of yogurt though)
Daily probiotics (optional)
1 Tbsp melted coconut oil (optional)
1 Tbsp sugar (optional, I put it in Max's but not mine)
1/2 Cup chopped raw veggies of your choice
Place veggies, fruit, coconut milk and sugar into blender. Blend until very smooth.
With blender running, slowly drizzle melted coconut oil through top opening.
This will suspend the fat in the smoothie maintaining a smooth texture.
The coconut oil will thicken it so if you would like it thinner you may add more milk.
Lastly add the probiotic. I use the powder caplets for their ability to open and dissolve into things.
If you have used berries, you may want to pour smoothie through a fine mesh strainer to remove any seeds. Pour into a glass, and enjoy.
I hope you enjoy this recipe! Feel free to comment with your favorite variations!