Smoothie Addicts

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My children have a problem. An addiction. Something they ask for morning, noon, and night. (Even more than they ask for TV.)

My kids are smoothie addicts.

Smoothie Addicts

It’s all my mom’s fault. She’s the one who introduced the smoothie into our lives. And indulged the kids’ every-morning request when we stayed at her house for the holidays (and last summer, and the winter before that).

Smoothie Addicts

Truth be told, it’s probably my very favorite toddler addiction.  To them: majorly awesome frozen sweet treat.  To me: fruit and calcium.  And it couldn’t be any easier.

The specifics, as we make them at my house, in case you’ve never made a smoothie yourself:

  • 4 (ish) strawberries, fresh or frozen
  • 1/4 cup (ish) frozen blueberries
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1/3 cup (ish) yogurt, any flavor or plain
  • 1/3 cup (ish) milk

Clearly, you can see I’m not scientific about this, I just dump stuff in the blender.  If I’m using fresh strawberries, I’ll often throw in a couple of ice cubes to keep things nice and cold.  Switch it up and throw different kinds of fruit (fresh or frozen) in there. Or, as we did at my mother-in-law’s house when I was improvising, a little scoop of mango ice cream.  You can’t go wrong, and aside from the occasional ice cream, you can’t argue with its nutritional value.

So, as long as my blender pitcher is dishwasher-safe, my kids can have a smoothie any day of the week.

P.S.  If grandpa is there when you’re making smoothies one day, and tells the kids to “hold their ears” because it’s loud, your son may do this every time you make one:

Smoothie Addicts

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12 thoughts on “Smoothie Addicts”

  1. Oh, my twins love smoothies too. Don’t forget you can sneak fresh spinach in and they’ll never know the difference…

  2. My 5 y/o LOVES smoothies and we just gave them to our twin 1.5 y/os and they LOVE them too. I like that they are healthy treats and a nice change for breakfast. And so easy to make to boot!

  3. My 18 mo old girls LOVE smoothies too. They LOVE anything about the blender and count with me when I turn it on…”ONE…twooooo….three!” [they really only say “two” with me at this point…too cute]. They’ve been watching me make them for myself since birth and now enjoy them with me. I love using frozen yogurt in them.

    Love the comment about adding fresh spinach — I’ll have to try that!

  4. Sounds delicious! We haven’t done smoothies in a while. Might be time to break out the blender again. :o)

    P.S. For those working on teaching kids to drink from an open cup, our nutritionist recommended starting with a smoothie (medium thickness) instead of water, juice, or milk because it won’t rush onto their faces when they tip the cup back the way the other liquids will. Then you can gradually make the smoothie thinner and eventually introduce those other liquids in an open cup. (Milkshakes would work too, but not as healthy.)
    .-= reanbean´s last blog ..Plan C =-.

  5. We love smoothies. I have a boy that doesn’t eat breakfast, but will drink smoothies. So on preschool mornings we do lots of smoothies to make sure he makes it to snack time without meltdowns. I actually like to add vanilla slim fast for the vitamins and fiber. One of my favorite calorie packed smoothies is Vanilla slim fast, avocados, bananas and milk.

  6. Love the ear-holding picture! So funny!

    I wish that my kids liked smoothies! I have tried to get them to like yogurt in many forms, but it hasn’t worked. I don’t get it. They loved it when they were little and now won’t go near the stuff even though they see me eat it every day.

    As far as addictions go – not bad!

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