3 Simple Smoothies for Kids

Made with only 5 ingredients each – these 3 simple smoothies for kids are tasty and packed with nourishing ingredients for picky eaters! They each contain healthy fats, protein, vitamins, and minerals – all necessary to support healthy growth and development. 

When it comes to smoothies for adults – we love packing in superfoods, greens, adaptogens and more. Our ultimate smoothie with daily nourish is a perfect example! But, the key to making a delicious smoothie for kids or toddlers is to keep it simple

It’s unlikely that a picky eater will jump at the chance to enjoy a green smoothie with spinach, kale, or other bitter-tasting veggies. Instead, you might try introducing a simple, balanced smoothie that is slightly sweet (thanks to berries and bananas) – packed with healthy fats and protein. 

Best of all, smoothies are so quick to make – especially the 3 we’re sharing today! All you need is 5 minutes and 5 ingredients to make each one of these delicious (and nutrient-dense) smoothies. 

This is a great way to familiarize your kids with adding in more fruits and veggies into their diet.  Great for breakfast, lunch, or a snack - these smoothies can be customized based on your family’s taste preference. Let’s dig into these nutrient-packed recipes!

Simple Smoothie Add-Ins

Single-ingredient nut butter - The key to a creamy smoothie is nut butter! We love using single-ingredient organic nut butter in these smoothies to enhance consistency and add a boost of healthy fats and protein. Plus, nuts such as almonds, macadamia, hazelnuts, and pistachio are extremely beneficial for supporting healthy brain growth and development!

 

Chia seeds - are a great source of soluble fibre, protein, and omega-3 fatty acids! They are also rich in antioxidants and contain minerals such as manganese, phosphorus, and calcium.

Hemp hearts - are an amazing source of iron, calcium, and magnesium!  They are made up of 25% protein and 20% fibre. Plus, they support both heart and cognitive health. 

chocolate smoothie in glass with hazelnut butter overflowing and dripping down the side

Chocolate Banana Hazelnut

Nothing is more delicious than chocolate + hazelnut! This smoothie is our take on a chocolate milkshake – elevated. Chia seeds and hazelnut butter add in healthy fats and protein, making this smoothie satiating and delicious. 

  • ½  Frozen banana
  • 2 tbsp Hazelnut butter
  • 1 tbsp Cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp Chia seeds
  • 1 cup Almond milk

Hazelnut Butter Nutritional Benefits:

Hazelnuts are rich in vitamin E, healthy fats, and fibre - making hazelnut butter great for supporting brain health! They are also a great source of protein, providing 4.2 g of protein per serving (2 tbsp).

pink strawberry smoothie in glass on light concrete surface from overhead

Strawberry Macadamia Mylkshake

Macadamia nuts have a neutral, slightly sweet, and buttery flavour that pairs so well with strawberries! You’re going to want a taste of this refreshing pink smoothie, so if you’re making this for your kiddos - be sure to make extra!

  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • ½ frozen banana
  • 2 tbsp macadamia nut butter
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 tbsp hemp seeds

Macadamia Nutritional Benefits:

Rich, perfectly balanced, and delish... we're not kidding when we say that this nut butter is spoon-licking good. Beyond the delicious taste - macadamia nuts are also a nutrient-dense powerhouse! ⁠Macadamia nuts are rich in healthy fats - in particular, ALA omega 3 fats and oleic acid (omega 9)- supporting your brain and heart.⁠ With 4 g of protein per serving and 3 g of fibre - macadamia nuts are a great addition to any smoothie. 

blueberry smoothie in glass with glass straw from overhead

Very Berry Almond

Who can turn down a berry smoothie!? Wild blueberries are a tasty superfood – high in vitamin C, manganese, and antioxidants called flavonoids. You can swap out blueberries with frozen cherries, raspberries, or blackberries – any berry is delicious in this simple smoothie!

  • 1 cup frozen blueberries (or mixed berries)
  • ½  frozen banana
  • 2 tbsp Almond butter
  • 1 tbsp Hemp seeds
  • 1 cup Coconut milk 

Almond Butter Nutritional Benefits:

Almonds contain essential minerals such as calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium. They are also rich in healthy fats - in particular, ALA omega 3 fats - hello brain food! 

Just like hazelnuts, almonds are high in Vitamin E - a fat-soluble vitamin that is important for vision, brain, and skin health! 

Veggies to Hide In Smoothies

Once you’ve mastered these simple recipes and have smoothie-lover on your hands, try adding in hidden veggies to up the nutritional benefits! Your picky eater will be none the wiser! Be sure to start with a small amount (for example 1-2 kale stocks, or ½ cup spinach) for the best flavour:

  • Kale
  • Spinach
  • Frozen cauliflower
  • Cooked & cooled sweet potatoes
  • Pumpkin purée
  • Zucchini

We hope you found this blog post helpful - be sure to share a photo and tag us on social media @nomz #nomz if you make any of these simple smoothie recipes!

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