Toddlers are notoriously picky eaters, and mine is no exception. One day her favorite food in the world is peas, and the next thing you know, she won't take a bite of anything green. Like most moms I know, I was starting to worry about whether she was eating enough of the right things, and I was getting desperate.
Was she getting the nutrients she needs? Was I giving her too many less-than-healthy snacks like cookies and crackers, just so that she was eating something? The one fallback I'd had up until the picky phase kicked off was the premade baby food pouch. My daughter would put those away like they were going out of style, but now she won't even touch them.
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Finally I remembered something ... When my daughter was around 1 year old, she got a stomach bug. For a few days, she wouldn't eat much, but I wanted to make sure she got at least some kind of sustenance. So I mixed a green smoothie together for her. She loved it! She slurped down every sip. I made her a couple every day until she improved, but after that we kind of forgot about the smoothies -- until the picky phase commenced, and I had the brilliant idea to bring the smoothie back.
So I excitedly grabbed all the ingredients from the fridge and freezer and got to work.
It didn't start out that well. The loud, and honestly obnoxious, sound of the blender scared her and she ended up almost in tears by the time I got it all nicely pureed together. But once I got it into her favorite little cup with a perfectly sized little straw and she took her first sip, I knew we were golden! She chugged it down and was ready for seconds within a few minutes!
I must admit I was pretty surprised. I add green vegetable powder supplements to these smoothies. When that mixes with the other ingredients, the whole thing takes on a kind of greenish grayish color. My husband won't get near it, and if I hadn't already tried it and known it was actually delicious, I wouldn't either.
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My picky toddler though? She guzzles them down like a Hummer guzzling gas. She has one almost every day now, and will literally throw a tantrum if I run out of ingredients for her.
Wanna know those magical ingredients? Here's the easy recipe I use. It will usually make two to three servings. I usually give her one cup and then store the rest in a mason jar in the fridge until she wants more.
Toddler-Approved Green Smoothie
- 1 cup frozen berries
- 1 cup yogurt (I usually use plain Greek yogurt)
- 1 cup vanilla almond milk
- 1 tablespoon local honey
- 1 tablespoon green powder (I buy this from my local health food store, but you can also find some online. It only contains powdered green veggies with no other additives.)
- Blend until smooth. Serve to picky kid.