QUICK TIP: SNEAK IN VITAMINS BY MAKING VEGGIE FRUIT SMOOTHIES
If your children are anything like mine, they will not eat all of their vegetables. It doesn’t matter how much I threaten them or take away privileges, I still find at the end of the day that the vegetables are the only food that is left on their plate.
I am a stickler for trying to get my children to eat healthy. I believe in eating as many vegetables as possible and try to explain this reasoning to my children. Yet they still refuse to finish off their steamed broccoli or cauliflower with cheese. It leaves me beyond frustrated because I know the importance of the vitamins that these vegetables contain and yet there is only so much “warning” I can do.
I decided to come up with another plan to get these vitamins into their system.
My children love smoothies. I bought a blender for Christmas and I have been making fruit and yogurt smoothies for them ever since. One day I decided to add a few cooked carrots that I had made the night before into the smoothie to see if my children would notice the difference in taste.
On this particular day my smoothies were received with accolades from my children. (They still have no idea that there were vegetables inside of them.) Ever since my little experiment I have been sneaking vegetables in their smoothies on the days that I know they didn’t eat as many vegetables as I would have liked them to.
When adding vegetables to homemade smoothies, you will want to follow your basic smoothie recipe.
My Basic Smoothie Recipe is:
- 1 1/2 cups of plain or vanilla flavored yogurt
- 1/2 cup of fruit
- 1/2 cup of fruit (I use two separate fruits.)
- 6-10 ice cubes
- 1/4 cup of fat free vanilla ice cream (I only add this if I make smoothies as an after dinner dessert.)
This is just a simple smoothie recipe. Once you have the base of your smoothie made, you can start placing different variations of vegetables inside the smoothies. (I recommend only adding 1/4 cup of veggies to the above smoothie mixture.)
Some vegetables you can add:
- spinach leaves
- carrots (steamed and cooled first)
- broccoli (steamed and cooled first)
- cauliflower (steamed and cooled first)
- squash (steamed and cooled first)
- cucumbers (remove the seeds)
I’m sure you will come up with several different variations to this smoothie recipe. The vegetables that you use in your family’s smoothies will depend on what you have on hand at home.
Try this and come back and tell me how your family likes it.
Both of the above photos are credited to tiffanywashko.