5 Fast Smoothie Recipes with Veggies

I always advocate that people (especially children) get their nutrients primarily from the foods they eat. And that they only use supplements if they absolutely can not meet their daily needs through what they eat.

Since I don’t want to have to supplement Jaxon’s (or honestly my) diet, sometimes I have to find creative ways to get extra nutrients in!

And one of the easiest ways to get a toddler to unknowingly have 2-3 servings of veggies- a smoothie!

Not only are smoothies great for sneaking in veggies but they also can be extremely helpful with constipation. Something that most children beginning solid foods battle with. Incorporating healthy fats such as yogurt, chia seeds, flaxseed, avocado, or nut butter (which can all be found in the recipes below) will help coat the linings of the intestines. This allows for easier digestion!

So I have a round up of 5 of my favorite toddler-approved smoothie recipes!

Avocado Blueberry Smoothie

This smoothie is a perfect way to use up that leftover avocado you have quickly browning in your fridge! I found this at The Lemon Bowl and knew it would be a hit! The avo makes it creamy and is the healthy fat while the blueberry is naturally sweet and masks all the other flavors.

This recipe includes flaxseed, blueberries, banana, oats, avocado, whole milk yogurt and you can find all the measurements here.

Non-Alcoholic Pina Colada (with cauliflower)

This smoothie makes me miss warmer weather and the beach SO MUCH! It is super simple and an easy way to slip some cauliflower into your little one’s diet in addition to pineapple, coconut milk, and orange juice.

You can find the full recipe here.

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Chocolate Zucchini Smoothie

You can put chocolate on just about anything and I will at least TRY it! And I was skeptical about this one but I had some leftover zucchini and decided to give it a whirl (pun intended)!

When you read this recipe it calls for any variety of milk but I recommend using Whole Milk. Whole milk (unless your child is allergic or intolerant of dairy) is a great source of healthy fat, protein, calcium, and vitamin D. **If you were out of zucchini- you could substitute spinach (raw or frozen) in this recipe**

This recipe does include some “added sugar” being maple syrup. I blended everything EXCEPT the maple syrup and then served it to my toddler. After that, I sampled it and decided I would like it a little sweeter so I added half the maple syrup called for and blended! YUMMMMM!

You can find the full recipe here.

Raspberry and Beet Smoothie

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Kids LOVE bright colors and this recipe is an eye catcher! My son is allergic to red food coloring so it is rare he has a “red drink” unless it is a smoothie. This recipe is an easy one that consists of dates, beets, almond milk (we used whole milk), banana, raspberries, and flaxseeds.

You can find the full recipe here.

Orange Things Fruit & Vegetable Smoothie

Another bright and colorful smoothie that packs quite a nutrient dense punch! This recipe is great for cold and flu season because it is LOADED with vitamin C!

If you would like to add some extra nutrients to this recipe you could mix in some steamed sweet potato and/or grated ginger!

You can find the full recipe here.

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Final Thoughts

Toddlers need a wide variety of foods to meet their daily needs. While I usually recommend eating those during a meal- sometimes you need to fit a few more in and a smoothie is a perfect way! Bonus: You can store any fresh produce you have that might be “on the verge of going bad” in the freezer and then have frozen, sliced fruit ready anytime you or little one want a smoothie!

Published by snackswithjax

Sarah is the creator and mom behind "Snacks with Jax", a social media community of over 85,000 parents/caregivers, where she shares her son's meals, nutrition information, and evidence-based tips for feeding children. She is a Certified Health Education Specialist with a Bachelor's degree in Nutrition emphasizing in Wellness from Texas Woman's University and years of experience as a culinary instructor working with ages 2+. She has coached hundreds of parents & caregivers through the journey introducing solids to babies and also navigating picky eating with toddlers and older children. Her focus is on establishing a life-long healthy relationship with food for children while also empowering, encouraging, and educating their adult caregivers.

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