As parents, we all want our kids to be happy and healthy, but promoting good eating habits can sometimes be tricky. If you want to give your little ones a helping hand with eating a balanced diet then why not try a few simple swaps?
Smoothies are an excellent alternative to sodas and as fruit and vegetables contain natural sugars, they can satisfy your child’s sweet tooth while being free from added and refined sugars. After all, it is refined sugars which can encourage overeating, can be a contributing factor in the development of type II diabetes, and are understood to be more damaging to teeth.
To get started on your first healthy swap, try these fun and tasty smoothie recipes for kids or have a go at one of our alternative smoothie options which mimic other popular kids drinks but with a healthier twist.
- The slushy smoothie
If your kids have a soft spot for slush drinks, you can quickly and easily create a slush-like fruit smoothie that tastes just like the real thing. If you have a slush machine at home you can use this to make up your crushed ice, but don’t worry if not — all you need to do is pop some ice cubes into a strong freezer bag, and carefully crush the ice using a rolling pin. You can make a slushy smoothie out of any type of fruit and veg you want. Simply blend it all together and add a little milk to bring it to just the right consistency.
- The creamy smoothie
Smoothie recipes for kids should appeal to their tastes, and children love thick, creamy drinks like milkshakes. To make a healthier alternative, blend up your fruits and add a few good spoonfuls of Greek yogurt to create a thick, smooth texture that tastes totally indulgent. You could also use a little coconut cream to create this consistency if you wish, or if you want to be even healthier, how about some avocado? The vegetable flavour will be lost among the sweetness of the fruit, so the kids needn’t know!
- The ice lolly smoothie
If you’re looking for smoothie recipes for kids that are new, exciting, and a little bit different to the norm, how about whipping up an ice lolly smoothie? Children love ice lollies that contain different colours, and it’s actually easier than you may think to make a healthy smoothie version. First, blend a little mango and milk and pour it into a glass. Clean your blender, then do the same with strawberry. Repeat with green apple, so you’ve got a three-layer fruit smoothie that looks just like a summer lolly!
- The dessert smoothie
Searching for healthy desserts for an after dinner treat? Then this is one of the best smoothie recipes for kids. If your kids love apple pie, then they’ll go crazy for this apple pie smoothie. Blend together apple, banana, vanilla essence, and milk, and then add a little cinnamon and nutmeg to your liking. Pour into a glass, drizzle with honey, and sprinkle with some lightly toasted oats (5-10 minutes on a baking tray in the oven will do the job nicely). This is one dessert where you won’t mind if the kids have seconds!
And there you have it; four tasty smoothie recipes for kids that will get your little ones eating more fruit and veg while still enjoying a tasty treat. As children have a naturally sweet tooth – and research shows that this often doesn’t disappear until puberty – you may find that you need to come up with another few healthy swaps to get them to keep away from sugary drinks and drinks but these smoothies are a great start.