We all already know the importance of kids getting enough fruit and vegetables into their daily diet. However, finding a way to get little ones to eat 2-4 servings of fruit and 3-5 servings of vegetables every day can be tough - extremely tough if the SIGHT of those fruits or vegetables has your child running for the hills!
When Ryder was a baby, he ate fruits and vegetables like it was his job. Healthy and chunky- he has always been a good eater. That is, until he hit 3. "No" and "I don't like (yike) it!" were common household words and I'm pretty sure the dog ate his veggies a few times (or more).
One day I was working out at the gym and started craving a smoothie-I went down to the Cafe to order one- and that's when it hit me. I'll just make him DRINK his vegetables!
Now, side note, I don't make smoothies every night…there are more nights than not that he is "forced" to eat his peas, carrots or broccoli (I'm such a mean mom!), but occasionally I will "treat" him to a smoothie with his dinner and BOY does he down it.
Two of my (and Ryder's) favorite vegetable smoothie recipes are down below. If you have some of the same struggles as I do with getting your kids to eat their fruits or veggies, try one of my smoothies below and let me know if your kiddo enjoys it!
The Green Monster:
-1 cup milk
-2 cups spinach leaves
-1 whole banana (cut up)
-2 tablespoons peanut butter
-1/2 cup vanilla greek yogurt
-3-4 pieces of ice
It's all Pea-chy:
-1/4 cup peas
- 1/4 cup orange juice
-6 oz. organic peach whole fruit yogurt
-2 cups mango (substitute for peaches or really any other fruit)
-2-3 pieces of ice
Let's be honest, adults. There are days when you don't eat all of your vegetables or fruit servings either. So make it fun for the whole family- find a healthy alternative to eating right for everyone! If your kids see YOU doing it, they will probably want to do it too.
Here's a video of Ryder drinking his smoothie before school- "the Monster mash!"
…sidenote: *fake cough* :)