It is easy to get picky toddlers and children to eat vegetables and superfoods by making smoothies and popsicles.Â Â My two year old is a very picky eater, he does not like his vegetables and will not eat the skin on any fruit or vegetable. I know the importance ofÂ consumingÂ plenty of fiber and a wide variety of vegetables and fuits, so I started making green smoothies and popsicles. Now I no longer have to worry that my son is not getting the nutrition that he needs.
To make these 'green' smoothies or popsicles you will need a blender, popsicle molds (I got mine at Goodwill), frozen fruit and berries, fruit juice, and greens (kale or baby spinich works great).
First put your greens in the blender with enough fruit juice so that the blender will puree the greens. If your family is not used to eating Kale you may want to steam it and cool it first. Raw kale can be a little hard on the stomach if you are not used to it. If you are using the baby spinich than raw is great. If you can, purchase organic greens and berries.
When the greens are liquified you can add the rest of your ingredients. I add frozen bananas, blueberries, strawberries, and occasionally peaches. You can add any combination of frozen fruits or berries. Frozen Mangos are fairly cheap and are delicious.
*If you don't want the smoothie and popsicles to be green, then add blueberries or strawberries. This will make your final product purple and therefor muchÂ more kid friendly.*
Taste and add more fruit juice, honey, or agave nectorÂ if you need to sweeten the smoothie. (Please note that children under two years of age cannot have honey!) Now you can pour some into cups to enjoy a delicious and uplifting smoothie. The rest can be poured into your popsicle molds and put in the freezer. In a few hours you will have homemade popsicles on hand. Next time your kids want a treat, tell them to go get a popsicle!
You can also add superfoods to your smoothie mix such asÂ 1-2 tablespoons of raw mega green mix , powdered barley grass,Â flax meal, kefir, or powdered probiotics. Raw mega green mix is dehydrated and powdered. ItÂ is 100% organic and contains: spirulina, alfalfa grass,Â oat grass, wheat grass, barley grass, cracked cell chlorella, dulse, kale,Â spinach,Â parsley,Â dandelion leaf, broccoli, apple, kamut sprouts, cilantro, carrot juice powder, and beet juice.
I have used the raw mega green mix in place of fresh greens, with great results. You should use either fresh greens or the powdered mega green mix, not both. This will keep your smoothies tasting sweet and delicious. Enjoy your popsicles and smoothies!