The Modern Chef: Toddler-Approved Natural Smoothies

March 16, 2016  |  

smoothies by Santana

smoothies by Santana

We know just how hard it can be to get your little one to down the veggies and fruits over candies. This time instead of force feeding or taking away dessert, dissolve them (not the kids, the veggies). Okay, maybe not dissolve but blend.

We’re talking to one of our favorite bloggers, Mia Ray who is not only a glamaholic over at CofessionsOfaGlamaholic.com, but a blender-loving mommy! She’s giving us the dish on how it has worked for her and her adorable son Santana – get some great insight and recipes!

Smoothies are extremely popular in our household! I have to thank Santana a lot for making them a hot commodity in our fridge. I was not always a big fan of them. Compared to my first child, with age and more health awareness, this time around I did not want to immediately start him off with drinking juice. Although juice is so convenient and budget-friendly, it’s full of so much sugar and other crap that I’m just not ready to expose him to yet.

At six or seven-months-old we began using a sippy cup for water. I was dying to offer him something more than just milk and water, but was still a bit nervous on exactly what to give him! I expressed this concern to my pediatrician and he was more than happy to encourage me to go the natural route. He suggested that we start off with blending fresh fruits and veggies with water as his juice. It was like love at first sip! Santana was extremely excited and we never encountered any issues. We have now progressed into smoothies.

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I purchase all frozen fruits and veggies (except for bananas and apples). I go the frozen route just in case I don’t use something immediately, I don’t have to rush or worry about it going bad and have to throw it away. Frozen also helps me with time. I don’t have to cut, peel or slice anything. I just throw it in the blender and in about 90 seconds I’m done! Just that simple.

These are all of the flavors that I make on a regular basis. And I’m also not really big on measuring what I throw in the blender at times. It’s like baking, sometimes you just keep adding and subtracting things until you get it right! Anything with bananas, blueberries and pineapples, he drinks down quickly and looks to have seconds. I have the most trouble with smoothies that I make with spinach, so I’ve committed to just giving him only one green smoothie per week. I also use flavored yogurt in my green smoothie to help mask the taste of spinach that he may not love so much. I’m a huge fan of eating spinach, but I can completely relate to him with drinking it…it’s not a favorite of mine either lol!

Smoothies are refreshing and a great treat to offer a child, but what I love most is that it’s healthy. With my first child, I experienced him wanting juice more than he did milk. I remember being extremely uncomfortable with that, which helped reinforce this decision 11 years later. What I am happy to express is how my 12-year-old now enjoys smoothie tasting with Santana, gives recipe suggestions and also looks forward to more healthy treats. With summer almost here, I’ll be sure to make smoothie freeze pops for the both of them.

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Banana Blueberry Smoothie

½ sliced banana

1 handful of frozen blueberries

½ cup of plain yogurt

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Orange Smoothie

1 handful of frozen baby carrots

1 handful of frozen mangos

3 tablespoons of natural applesauce

½ cup of plain yogurt

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Strawberry Pineapple Banana Smoothie

1 handful of frozen pineapple chunks

½ sliced banana

1 handful of frozen strawberry slices

½ cup of plain yogurt

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Green Smoothie

½ cup of baby spinach

1 sliced green apple

1 handful of frozen baby carrots

½ cup of flavored yogurt

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Blueberry Peach Smoothie

1 handful of frozen blueberries

1 handful of frozen peach slices

3 tablespoons of natural applesauce

½ cup of plain yogurt

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