At some point in his toddlerhood, my son has decided he does not want to eat veggies at all. He’s also very limited in the fruits he’ll actually eat so I have been desperately trying to figure out how to get him to eat produce in an attempt to not let him live off of sugary fruit snacks and crackers.
I got to the point where I was considering buying a juicer and making juices that he may or may not drink and using the bodies of the fruits and veggies to make muffins to make sure he’s getting the whole veggie. But who’s got time for that?
So after getting some feed back from some mamas, my sister-in-law graciously introduced me to the world of smoothie pops!
It’s a great way to get your kids to eat their fruits and veggies because it seems like a sweet treat. It’s brilliant! Now I don’t have to feel as bad when all of the veggies end up on the floor after dinner, because I have a tricky dessert to make it all better.
So there’s a few ways to go about making these smoothie pops. One way is to just put left over smoothie in the pop molds, when you have it, and let it sit for a while.
If you want to make a whole batch at once, here’s a recipe to follow! Just keep in mind, this recipe is not very exact because I like to just throw stuff in the blender without thinking about it too much.
I found these pop molds and they are so simple and compact! Plus the coloring will go with pretty much anything (because I’m shallow and I want everything to be pretty).
For any really littles, like new eaters; here are some smaller molds (about pacifier sized)!
2 handfuls of greens (I do a spinach/kale mix)
1 heaping spoonful of peanut butter
2 cups cashew, coconut, or almond milk
1 handful of rolled oats
1 small handful of pumpkin seeds (or half a handful of flax or chia)
A bit of honey to sweeten
Throw everything in the blender and mix it real good.
Fill molds. Just be sure to not fill them too high since the liquid will expand as it freezes.
*Add little fruit chunks after pouring into molds to add some texture and a little more variety!
Wait a bit and serve it up!
Seriously, my son inhales these things and I can let him eat as many as he wants and feel good about it!
You can use smoothie pops to get them things they may otherwise be missing. I know iron and protein is a big one for us which is why I add the peanut butter and pumpkin seeds. But changing out the fruits and veggies every once in a while is a good way to round out their diet!
How do you get your kids to eat fruits and veggies?