Kid Friendly Tips

Here's 10 Great Kid friendly green smoothie tips:

These tips and tricks will help you transition your child to drinking green smoothies.

1. Make a Transition Smoothie:

Being bold and extra green on your first smoothie attempt will not win new green smoothie lovers. Baby steps are the key to making a smooth transition to developing a taste for greens. So make those first few smoothies creamy with a lot of fruit and just a hint of green veggies and Energrēns. Then with each smoothie you serve, add a little less fruit and a little more of the greens. Also a little less juice and Almond/Coconut milk and more (filtered) water. Your goal is to be able to pack in your child’s daily needs for green vegetables.

Here's a great starter smoothie: Cream Berry Treat!

1 cup frozen strawberries
1 cup frozen mixed berries (the more berries you add, the more purple it looks)
1 banana
1 cup Coconut milk
1 cup V8 fusion fruit juice
1/4 cup fresh baby spinach
1 Tbsp. Energrēns Powder

Hint: Make yourself a greener smoothie, and they may wonder why their smoothie is not the same color as yours. It worked for me, but may not work for all kids.

2. Be a Model Smoothie Drinker:

Lead by example. Green smoothie drinking is not an option, but a routine and healthy lifestyle choice.

3. Start a Smoothie Race:

Kids love a challenge, and a smoothie race is a great way for you and your child to gulp those nutrient packed smoothies down super-fast. This is the best fast food you could ever have. This is actually a great motivator for adults to finish their smoothies quickly before they go off to work.

4. Name Your Smoothies:

Got a favorite green or purple character? Why not name it after them? You could call one “The Green Hulk” for example..

5. Add a Straw:

Silly Straws are a hit in our house. Just make sure to rinse them right after, so the smoothie doesn't dry out in the straw.

6. Add Something Special on Top:

Missed blending a smoothie for breakfast? Make a special after-school snack treat with a little Soy Whip Cream or garnish it with a flower, sliced strawberries or a paper parasol. But make sure they know this is a very special treat.

7. Focus on the Easy Greens:

Fresh baby spinach and kale seem to be the mildest of the greens, and they are easy to find at your local grocery store.

8. Prep Together:

Let your child participate in the whole smoothie preparation from the grocery store to blending. Have your child help pick out which fruits and veggies to buy, wash the fruits and veggies in a colander, and measure and pour the water into the blender.

9. Serve It with Style:

Present the smoothie in a pretty dessert glass and serve it with a spoon.

10. Encourage Healthy Choices:

Add the term “growing food” to their vocabulary. Set a routine and boundaries for healthy eating. When your child is looking to indulge in a not-so-healthy snack, ask them, “Did you finish your smoothie today (answer: no). That’s so sad; I give treats, to kids who finish their growing food and drinks. Are you ready to finish your smoothie? (answer: yes). Great, that’s a healthy choice you made!”

When you blend leafy green vegetables, they are a lot easier to digest. The fibers are liquefied making the nutrients absorb super easy. Studies have shown that children and adults alike generally accept a new food by the eleventh try. So join the Family Sponge community in a smoothie challenge and make a healthy habit last a lifetime!