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Picky Eater Smoothie Recipe

8 ounces Picky eater smoothie in decorative glass

8 ounces Picky eater smoothie in decorative glass

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 scoops Kid's Protein-based Smoothie powder (chocolate)
  • 1 handful baby spinach, baby kale or mixed baby greens
  • 1 tbsp. Justin's Vanilla Almond Butter (or choice of nut butter)
  • 1/8 tsp. Vanilla (pure extract, alcohol-free)
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1 c 2% milk or milk alternative
  • ice cubes 
  • water, as needed, to thin out
  • 1 tbsp. Old Fashioned oats (optional)

My toddler is a “picky eater” but he will drink this smoothie.  See my perspective on dealing with a picky eater at home in my post, "The Woes of Dealing with a Picky Eater." I used OLLY™ KIDS SMOOTHIE powder because it doesn’t have a bad aftertaste that some of the adult protein powders have. It is plant-protein based and has been enriched with Omega 3s and vitamins from fruits and vegetables. You can purchase it at Target. Please don’t complain about how much sugar is in this powder – it is designed for children, and is not appropriate for all meal plans. It has 5gm of fiber per serving and 9gm of “added sugar,” which is about the same amount of sugar but more fiber, found in a serving of typical kids’ cereal.

I use cow's milk in his smoothies because he needs the calcium and vitamin D, but I use Almond Milk in mine (I am lactose intolerant and take a supplement). When you put greens in, keep in mind that they will turn the smoothie a shade of green, as seen in this smoothie. My kids don’t mind this, but others might. For children who need to gain weight, I would add a serving of healthy fat: 1/4 ripe avocado, or 1 Tbsp of peanut butter, or 2 tsp of coconut oil, or just use whole milk.

Protein Powder from Target

Protein Powder from Target

Instructions

  1. Blend all ingredients until smooth and to desired consistency. Add water to thin as needed.