If you’ve got picky eaters, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about! Perhaps you go through a scenario similar to this: Your kids will eat all the chicken nuggets, fruit snacks, and animal crackers their little bellies can handle, but when it comes to eating their nutrient-loaded greens, you’re out of luck.
The good news is, most kids like fruit, and maybe even smoothies. Smoothies are the perfect way to sneak in some greens and extra nutrients without your kids being any the wiser!
The Perfect Balance of Sweet and Bitter
The primary reasons kids don’t like green vegetables is because they don’t often look appealing nor do they taste all that great. With a sweet fruit smoothie, you can virtually mask both the color and the bitterness if you get the balance just right.
The best kinds of veggies to use for your breakfast smoothies include:
- Kale: A superfood loaded with beta-carotene, vitamin K, vitamin C, calcium, and fiber, just to name a few.
- Spinach: Fights cancer, lowers blood pressure, improves appearance of skin, boosts immunity, improves vision, and delivers nutrients like protein, calcium, iron, niacin, and vitamins A,C,B, and B-12.
- Beet Greens: Rich in vitamins A, C, and K to strengthen bones, promote heart and eye health, and cleanse toxins from your blood.
- Romaine: A sweeter, crisp lettuce that has high amounts of calcium, vitamins A, B, and K, and iron.
- Carrot Tops: Also a sweeter veggie, carrot tops are rich in chlorophyll, magnesium, calcium, vitamin K, and potassium to support bone, muscle, and blood health.
You might want to experiment by searching for great recipes. There are many moms who have become pros at this and have mastered the method of yummy green smoothie making. You could also freeze your greens to use later and create pre-made frozen smoothie bags so you can simply pop the contents in the blender and have a smoothie ready in seconds.
Avoiding a Sugar-Loaded Breakfast
One of the biggest challenges of developing a sweet-tasting green smoothie is getting it to taste good without loading it with sugar. There are a couple of tricks you can use to do that.
- Use honey as a natural sweetener. Most kids love the super-sweet taste of honey, and it’s a much better alternative to sugar.
- Try a few artificial sweeteners. There are always pros and cons to using these sweeteners, so do your research to find the best one for your family before substituting the sugar.
- Use extra sweet fruit like bananas and apples. Bananas and some apples, like Fuji, are much sweeter naturally than many of the other fruits you’ll use, which will keep your morning treat healthy.
- Add some plain yogurt. There’s only naturally occurring sugar in plain yogurt, and it effectively brings out the sweet taste of your fruits with its creamy flavor while masking the bitter taste of greens like kale and spinach.