Jolly Green Smoothie Recipe for Kids: Adding Greens to a Child’s Diet

 In Health, Healthy Recipes for Kids, Lifestyle

Spinach is an extremely nutrient-rich vegetable. It contains high amounts of carotenoids, vitamin C, vitamin K, folic acid, iron, and calcium. Wondering how to get kids to eat their spinach? If you’re having trouble getting your kids to eat green food, smoothies are a huge opportunity to get a variety of healthful greens into kids’ diets!  This Green Smoothie Recipe for Kids makes a perfect (and tasty) healthy snack!

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Jolly Green Smoothie Recipe For Kids

Ingredients:

  1. 2 cups fresh baby spinach
  2. 1 frozen banana
  3. 2 kiwi (peeled)
  4. 1/2 avocado
  5. 1 cup milk of choice

Directions:

Option 1: If you have a high-powered blender, place all the ingredients in the blender and process until smooth.

Option 2: If you don’t have a high-powered blender, just blend the frozen banana with the milk and add the rest of the ingredients and process until smooth.

Blend and serve!

Jolly Green Smoothie Recipe for Kids: Nutritional Content for a Healthy Diet

Nutritional Content of Spinach:

  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin K
  • Folic acid
  • Iron
  • Calcium
  • Spinach also contains several other vitamins and minerals, including potassium, magnesium, and vitamins B6, B9, and E.

Jolly Green Smoothie Recipe For Kids: Nutritional Content of Spinach | CoachArt

Nutritional Content of Bananas:

  • Vitamin B6
  • Vitamin C
  • Manganese
  • Potassium
  • Fiber

Nutritional Content of Avocados:

  • Vitamin K
  • Folate
  • Vitamin C
  • Potassium
  • Vitamin B5
  • Vitamin B6
  • Vitamin E
  • Avocados also contain small amounts of magnesium, manganese, copper, iron, zinc, phosphorous and vitamins A, B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin) and B3 (niacin).

Jolly Green Smoothie Recipe For Kids: Nutritional Content of Avocados | CoachArt

Nutritional Content of Kiwis:

  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin K
  • Vitamin E
  • Folate
  • Potassium
  • Antioxidants
  • Fiber

Jolly Green Smoothie Recipe For Kids: Nutritional Content of Kiwis | CoachArt

Nutritional Content of Milk

  • Calcium
  • Protein
  • Potassium
  • Phosphorus
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin B12
  • Vitamin A
  • Riboflavin (B2)
  • Niacin



 

Parents know that getting kids to eat their greens isn’t always easy, but getting kids through a healthy day means breaking out the greens! Research indicates that the quality of foods children eat impacts cognition—with poor nutrition linked with psychosocial problems. This green smoothie recipe for kids provides a great way to pack the nutritional punch of nutrient dense greens into a delicious snack that kids will actually love!

Want more healthy snack ideas for kids? Try these Fruit and Whole Grain Parfait Recipes.



What’s your favorite way to add fruits and veggies to your child’s diet? We’d love to hear from you! Let us know in the comments.




 


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