Do you like smoothies? If you haven’t tried making your toddler smoothies yet, then you should keep reading!

I tend to make myself a smoothie for breakfast when I am in a rush. Smoothies are especially great in the summertime, but I make them year round. I didn’t realize that my daughter was watching me make mine and she became very interested in wanting her own smoothies!

Smoothies are a great way to get extra nutrients in, especially if you have a picky eater. I love giving my daughter smoothies as a way to get in extra calories as well. She had intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) at birth and was extra small, and has continued to be small for her age so I always make sure she’s getting the calories and nutrition that she needs.

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The best thing about smoothies is that you can put whatever you want in them!

You can get really creative, you just want to make sure you have the right balance between liquids and solids so that it blends up to a smooth, drinkable consistency.

I love my Ninja for making individual smoothies. I like to put almond milk and peanut butter in my smoothies, but my daughter’s daycare is nut-free so we use sun butter and regular milk for hers. Having the individual smoothie cups lets us each have our own with no worries of cross contamination.

Here are some of our favorite smoothie recipes.

You can substitute the liquid of your choice in place of milk – it may alter the flavor and you made need to play around with the measurements of the other ingredients.

Strawberry Banana

3 frozen strawberries

1/2 banana

1 cup milk

 

Mango Pineapple Spinach

3 chunks frozen mango

3 chunks frozen pineapple

5 leafs of fresh spinach (stems removed)

1 cup milk

 

Sun butter Banana

1/2 banana

1 tablespoon sun butter

1 cup milk

dash of cinnamon

 

Protein Smoothie

1 cooked egg (we did this with leftover scrambled eggs)

1/2 cup frozen fruit of choice

1 cup milk

 

Savory smoothie

1/8 cup cooked diced chicken

1/8 cup mashed sweet potato

Dash of cinnamon

1 cup milk

 

Pick some fruit and make a smoothie!

Be creative with your smoothies!

Some of these recipes may sound a little interesting, but they worked for us! I tasted the chicken one and it was actually pretty good. I never would have guessed there was chicken in it!

We often throw whatever is leftover from a meal into a smoothie. The only smoothie my daughter hasn’t liked so far was one made with kale, I think it was a little too bitter for her.

If you make a smoothie and it is too thick, try adding a couple tablespoons of water – or whatever liquid you prefer – and blending it together again. I honestly don’t measure anymore when I make smoothies, and it usually works out pretty well.  So please, feel free to  improvise! If you use fresh fruit, I recommend adding in some ice so your smoothie will have a thicker consistency.

Try some out!

This post has some great toddler smoothie recipes that are quick, easy, and toddler approved!

Let me know if you try any of these recipes out, I would love to hear your feedback. Have fun while making your smoothies. This is a kitchen activity you can involve your toddler in. I hold open the bag of frozen fruit and let her put it in the smoothie cup. We talk about what fruit it is and count the pieces as they go in, so it’s a learning activity too!

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