One of the biggest challenges facing many of my clients revolves around getting healthy food choices into their kids. I have heard it all and although I realize it is frustrating for parents some of the stories really make me chuckle. The best to date was one of my clients who was secretly adding spinach into her son’s smoothies and things went terribly wrong when she heard “Mommy, why is there green paper floating in my smoothie”. Fear not, there is a way to get nourishing whole foods into your growing kids without having to suffer the wrath of the Mini-Sleuth.
Food in its whole form is designed by nature to help us heal, grow and thrive and the closer we stay to beautiful healthy whole foods the better. When it comes to kids this is especially true. Their little bodies are craving phytonutrients, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals to help nourish their cells during an intense growing phase of their life.
I’ve come up with 5 well loved whole food drinks for kids that get a tonne of nutrients into them while keeping their sensitive palates happy. To make these drinks even more exciting use the names below or come up with other fun and appealing names. Add a re-usable straws or a spoon or top the drink with something fun like sliced fruit, or a pinch of cocoa and present them in a special glass.
Here are the 5 easy to make drinks which are fabulous as snacks, desserts or even breakfast for you awesome little guys and gals. They are full of real whole foods (fruits and vegetables) as well as protein (in the plant-based milk) and healthy fats (flax and chia seeds). All you need is a blender (any kind will do) and a hungry kid.
Remember that good habits start when kids are young and they can last a lifetime. Above all else the most important thing you can do to get this good habit to stick is to lead by example with your own consistent smoothie slurping.
1. Banana Split Shake
1/2 frozen banana, peeled
1/2 cup strawberries (fresh or frozen)
1 cup vanilla fortified plant-based milk (soy, rice, oat, almond etc)
Small handful of spinach, kale, romaine or other greens
1/2 teaspoon cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon of ground flax seeds or chia seeds
Add all the ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Dust with cocoa powder.