Guys, are you all having fun already. Guys, new and not so old readers, hope you’ve really been enjoying everything I’ve published for you so far. I said not so old on purpose because drinking smoothies on a regular and daily basis will leave you feeling and looking much younger than you really are. You’re nice and slim and trim by now. And you’re all filled with loads of vim and vigor. New readers, be patient, your day will come soon enough.
Speaking of age, this post is one for the youngsters. If there are any of you still at school reading this, have fun and here’s to hoping that your moms and dads will allow you to make your own smoothies for kids. Moms and dads with young kids about, you should be having fun with this post too. Many of you have already discovered the joys of making and drinking smoothies, not just for health reasons but also because they taste really good too.
I don’t have kids of my own but even I’m having fun
What’s fun about these kid-friendly smoothie orientations is that there’s things, yummy things I mean, that we would not normally include in the proverbial health-nut’s green smoothie or weight loss smoothie. Younger than ten especially, I guess, there’s not much risk of kids contracting cardiovascular diseases and picking up excess weight just as long as their moms are feeding them the correct balanced diets for their growing bodies. I’m a child at heart, I guess, and sometimes I still feel as though I’m growing. And if that’s not the case, then I feel the need to grow.
Smoothies for kids
Just because its designated as smoothies for kids does not mean we’re now going to go AWOL as far as good health and nutrition is concerned. We all still need to learn how to make healthy smoothies for the long term. But if we’ve been taking proper care of ourselves, we are allowed some sweet or tasty indulgences every once in a while.
Like I said, I don’t have kids of my own, so how you moms (and dads) pull this move off is entirely up to you, I guess. But whether I’m speaking out of ignorance or making sense, but definitely not tongue-tied, I really do think it’s a great idea to educate kids as early as possible, especially when it comes to health issues and matters of the heart. Also, if kids can quickly learn to operate mobiles or laptops these days, they can also learn how to operate a smoothie blender.
Tips and tricks for kids
And why not. Before you know it, they’ll be making your own smoothies just the way you ordered it and just the way you like. Why not, indeed. This next note is like a bait trap to get those kids who are still not fond of their healthy green vegetables to get a taste of it but without even knowing what’s really inside their smoothies other than the lie of what’s not in it.
- Green-friendly in color and in health – The great thing about smoothies is that the little ones won’t ever know what you’ve stuck in it. Because you’ve also added natural sweeteners like bananas, yogurt and berries, the kids won’t ever know there’s those bitter spinach and broccoli stems hiding in their smoothie somewhere. All they know is that the green color is cool and their smoothie tastes great too. Experts recommend adding in so-called baby greens because these smaller vegetables have milder and less bitter flavors.
Healthy fats are definitely essential for kids – But not only that, kids will love the rich and creamy textures and flavors. No processed white sugar ever needs to be added to match the demands of the growing sweet tooth. Here, you can add organic peanut, cashew (my favorite) and almond butters which all contain no processed white sugar. You can also add a little dark chocolate, not too much of it, mind you, to give your kids a delightful flavorful kick. And then there’s the magic avocado pear. Try it out. It’s also creamy and nutritious for kids.
An important note on superfoods
Superfoods are rapidly becoming the new normal among health fanatics, especially those who can afford all of the ingredients. But they are not always ideal, if at all, for young, growing kids. Recommendations continue to be made on what little kids should avoid and, if taken, moms need to monitor their kids’ doses quite carefully.
- Spirulina – This is a blue-green algae packed with proteins, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Add caution to the blend by only introducing a small amount to the kid’s smoothie.
- Honey – This is a natural and healthy sweetener par excellence for both adults and children. However, it should not be used among infants who could risk being infected by botulism.
Kid friendly recipes and ingredients
Are there lists of ingredients and recipes out there that kids will love? Well, sure there are. Let’s take a quick peek, shall we. Strawberries, bananas, mangos, raw honey, organic peanut butter will all become perennial favorites among children and their health-conscious mothers. We’ve said that it’s a tasty attraction. There’s also nutritional value to be had. Add almond or coconut milk instead of moo milk and the health-nut mother’s job is almost done.
But what better way to get children to learn about what’s good for them nutritionally. Try to encourage them to join in the smoothie making party. By all means, allow them to play with their food while they learn what each and every fruit, vegetable and sweet treat does for them.