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Each doctor’s visit your child’s doctor asks how your child’s diet is. And for the most part, my toddler loves fruits, but vegetables he does not enjoy. My husband and I actually thoroughly enjoyed watching him try Brussel sprouts and spit them out repeatedly. I have to hand it to him though, he did try.
And as a work-from-home mom or a stay-at-home mom, who has time to convince their toddler they need to eat vegetables? I certainly don’t have time or the emotional wherewithal to do it right now.
I’ve found a surefire way to get him to eat vegetables and he actually loves it! I blend up a fruit and spinach smoothie. The minute he sees me making it, he gets excited and can hardly wait to drink it.
It’s just about the only way to get him to eat veggies.
Toddler green smoothie recipe
In an immersion blender cup, mix the following.
- ¼ cup of Greek vanilla yogurt (or you could try plain)
- A couple frozen mixed berries (this really only is to cover the spinach flavor, so you don’t need many)
- A full banana
- A handful of spinach
- A splash of milk to thin it enough to drink from a sippy cup
The smoothie recipe makes approximately 16 ounces. I split the smoothie into two sippy cups and feed one on Monday for lunch and one on Wednesday for lunch. Because it makes two smoothies, I also save time for my busy work-from-home mom schedule.
The great part is, it also helps keep my son regular. Because he loves them so much, it can be tempting to give them to him more often than twice a week, but sometimes he can get too regular, if you know what I mean.
Plus, did you know that spinach has tons of vitamin C? Yep, it’s great for this time of year when illnesses start to spread (add some protein powder and drink one too, parents. You don’t want to face an illness as a work-from-home parent).