Hey there, fellow mamas!
As we all know, there’s definitely one thing that we can all can relate to, and thats lack of time! It’s as if there just isn’t enough hours in a day to get things done and sometimes you just have those days that you can’t seem to get anything done. Even if all else fails, one of the most important things that a parent can do for their child is making sure they’re eating nutritious meals to feed their growing bodies and brains! This is definitely easier when they’re still discovering new foods and pretty open to anything, but it gets so much more difficult once they’ve been exposed to all the sweet and salty goodness. I know that my 18-month-old definitely knows what she likes and dislikes now and can be a pretty picky eater. This can be very stressful at times when all your child wants to eat are crackers and sweets (Thanks a lot Grandma and Grandpa). Don’t worry- theres a simple, super quick solution that has definitely worked like a charm for our family that will hopefully work for yours as well.
What do you need? A simple blender. Doesn’t have to be anything fancy, as mine was under $20 and it works just fine for me. Now, just think of some fruits and veggies that you want your kids to eat whether they like it or not. Really! Even the green ones!
Babies, toddlers, and kids alike, all love drinking out of a straw or eating off a stick. Honestly, I do too so let’s include adults as well. Get creative and use silly straws, pour your smoothie mix into an ice pop mold, or dispense them into squeezable pouches. Our favorite right now with all this crazy heat is the ice pop. My daughter and even my husband have no idea that they’re eating fruits and vegetables that they normally wouldn’t eat- To them, its just “juice” and “ice cream”! I feel like super-mom 🙂
Now, get ready to stop stressing and start creating healthy, tasty, but most importantly Easy recipes that you’re family will love too. Enjoy!
My typical everyday smoothie:
1 long leaf of kale (ripped into small pieces for easier blending)
1/2 hand full of spinach
1/2 a small tomato
5 baby carrot sticks
1/2 a small apple
1/2 or 1 whole banana (depending on how sweet you want it)
1 T of chia seeds
1 cup of water, or apple juice ( *for a creamy smoothie we like to add 1/2 cup of kefir)
Directions: Blend it all together, count to 30, and voila!
For my easy, berry ice pop:
1 hand full of blueberries
4-5 oz cup of yogurt (we like greek)
2 T of sugar (you can exclude the sugar if your yogurt is already sweetened)
1-2 T of raw hemp seeds
You can definitely add other fruits like blackberries and raspberries too, but our little one isn’t a fan of all those little seeds.
Blend the ingredients together, pour into the molds, freeze for at least 3 hours, and enjoy!
Tips & Tricks
* If you have a hard time getting it out of the mold, run it under hot water for 5 seconds and it’ll slide right out!
* Don’t have an ice pop mold? Pour the mixture into small cups and stick a popsicle stick in it or just eat right out of it with a spoon!
* We didn’t have any silly straws on hand, so I took some cardstock paper and started drawing cute designs, cut them out, and attached it to the straw. This can definitely be a fun activity that the kids can enjoy doing while Mama prepares the smoothie
This post was written by Daniela Jia