12 Smoothies for Kids & Toddlers (with Pictures)

Last Updated on October 29, 2020

child and toddler approved smoothie recipes

For anyone who has unsuccessfully tried feeding their picky child or toddler fruits and vegetables – there is a better solution! Smoothies are a great way to incorporate the foods your little ones might refuse to eat otherwise. The best part about these recipes, they are child-approved and absolutely foolproof! Give a few of these delightful recipes a try and feel free to change them up according to your child’s preferences.  Change the way your child sees fruits and vegetables by having them help create these blended treats! 

Tips for Serving Smoothies to Children 

Presentation is important when it comes to introducing children to new foods. How they visualize it will likely be the determining factor of whether they’re willing to try it or not. Smoothies have the potential to be a wonderful alternative to mealtime battles over broccoli – so have fun creating them and offer them up in a way that no child will be able to refuse! 

  1. Rather than calling them smoothies, pretend your blended creations are milkshakes and call them just that! A simple name change, and serving them in a mug with an oversized straw might just convince your child that this smoothie is in fact a sweet dessert!
  2. Treat each smoothie-like frozen yogurt and let your littles dress them up with a few sprinkles, mini chocolate chips, cookie crumbles, or Nutella. This may not seem like a healthy choice, but when it comes to comparing the pros and cons, a few sprinkles shouldn’t deter you from feeding your child the necessary servings of fruits and veggies! You might opt for healthier toppings such as nuts, oatmeal, granola, or seeds. 
  3. Use fillable freezie bags. These resealable pouches hold a single serving equivalent to that of a to-go yogurt or summertime freezie. You can freeze these and place them in your children’s lunch, or serve them as a quick snack throughout the day. 
  4. Freeze your smoothies into popsicles. You may be keen on using coconut water or plain water as the base liquid in these smoothies so they resemble that of a regular popsicle. Otherwise, the result will be more of a creamsicle. 
  5. Try serving the smoothies in fun bowls and offering up crazy and exciting straws. 

If your children are new to smoothies, keep the recipes simple, and incorporate additional and different flavors as they become more familiar with drinking them! 


1. Cherry Strawberry Chocolate 

Your child will be so blissfully content with this sweet chocolatey smoothie that they won’t even know its packed full of their daily servings of veggies! Find the recipe here!


2. Beet the Heat 

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Breakfast Smoothies are a staple in this home. Smoothies are such an easy way to get your daily servings of fruit and veggies underway for the day. . . . Beet the Heat Smoothie: . . 1/4 cup of roasted beets (remember those we prepped the other day ๐Ÿ™‚ 2 strawberries 1/2 of an avocado 1 scoop of Tone it Up Vanilla Plant Protein 1 cup of non dairy milk 1 cup of water Blend it up and serve. We use a Nutribullet and find this works really well for this application. . . #beets #beetsmoothie #strawberrysmoothie #preschoolsmoothie #preschoolbreakfast #4yearoldapproved #kids #kidsmoothie #pinksmoothie #nodyes #strawberryontop #jammies #vegan #veganbreakfast #veganfood #cleaneats #glutenfree #glutenfreevegan #dairyfree

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Beets might be a strange veggie for a smoothie but it adds an earthy sweetness that’s simply wonderful. Combined with the classic vanilla, this recipe is sure to be a crowd-pleaser for picky eaters.  Find the recipe here!


3. Apple Pie Smoothie 

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Apple pie smoothie๐ŸŽ๐Ÿฅ› – This week weโ€™ve had to completely eliminate dairy and bananas from my sonโ€™s dietโŒ๐ŸŒ๐ŸผโŒ but he kept asking for a smoothie so I came up with this no banana smoothie. – We blended 1/2 a small apple๐ŸŽ, 1/2 cup almond milk (its sweetened with dates so didnโ€™t include any extra honey or dates in the mix)๐Ÿฅ›, cinnamon powder๐Ÿฅ„ and a tsp of natural peanut butter๐Ÿฅœ. – For a thicker smoothie I would add some ice but Iโ€™m avoiding anything too cold for him so we avoided it. – Anyone else have any yum smoothie recipes which donโ€™t include ๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒโ“โ‰๏ธ

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Try a copy cat smoothie – mimicking the flavors of a treat your little one loves is genius! Find the recipe here!


4. Mint Chocolate Chip Smoothie 

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Looking to cool off in a sweet way (and squeeze in some veggies?!) Why not enjoy your greens & satisfy your sweet tooth with my healthy Mint Chocolate Chip 'Nice-cream' Ice Cream. It is so fun to make & so delicious you won't even realize it a low sugar, nutritious alternative. RECIPE Makes 2 servings Ingredients: 1 banana, frozen and sliced 4-5 mint leaves 2 tablespoons nonfat chocolate milk 1/4 cup frozen spinach 2 tablespoons mini chocolate chips, optional Directions: In a food processor, combine frozen banana, mint leaves, chocolate milk and frozen spinach. Blend until smooth. Gently stir in chocolate chips. Optional: Add 1-2 drops of food coloring if desired for a darker green color. Freeze for 5-10 minutes if a little melted. Enjoy immediately! NUTRITION FACTS PER SERVING (with chocolate chips): 139 calories, 11 g CHO, 4 g FAT, 1 g PRO, 31 mg sodium, 10 g sugar #nicecream #icecream #lowcalorieicecream #lowsugaricecream #stpatricksdayrecipe #stpatricksdaydessert #kidfriendlyrecipe #diabetesfriendly #diabetesrecipe #fitfamily #kidsinthekitchen #breakfastsmoothie #wwrecipe #weightlossrecipe #bbgmoms #bbgrecipe #bbgsmoothie #diabetessmoothie #proteinsmoothie #kidsmoothie #weightlosstransformation #heathyicecream #cleanicecream

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As the creator so wisely noted, this recipe is one you could consider a nice-cream. A healthier take on the original and a brilliant way of sneaking a few veggies into your little ones’ belly! Find the recipe here!


5. Fruit Only Smoothies 

You might be looking to skip any additives such as dairy, protein, or gluten. This paleo recipe does just that by blending frozen and fresh fruits only. Find the recipe here!


6. Peanut Butter & Jelly Smoothie 

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Hope your first week of 2019 is off to a smooth start๐Ÿฅณ Try shaking things up this year by drinking more plant based smoothies๐Ÿงก๐Ÿ’œ Like this PB&J โ€œMilkshakeโ€ by @eatprettydarling ใƒปใƒปใƒป PB&J โ€œMilkshakeโ€ ( makes enough for me and two kiddos! ) 1 cup milk 1/2 cup ice cubes 1 ripe banana 1/4 avocado Handful of spinach 1 Tbs chia seeds 2 Tbs @crazyrichardspb peanut butter 1/2 cup whole milk yogurt 1/4 cup frozen raspberries 1/4 cup blackberries 1/2 cup frozen cooked cauliflower Blend it all until nice and smooth! We swirled peanut butter around the edge to make it really look like a PB&J ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿงก #eatprettycoloroftheweek #crazyrichardspb #almosthomemade #kidsmoothie #momhack #momlife

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This recipe doesn’t need much of an explanation because the way its presents might just be enough to convince your child this is a must-try smoothie! Find the recipe here!


7. The Purple One 

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That smoothie swirl!!!! ๐Ÿ˜ . iโ€™ve been prepping green smoothie bags (see later posts) this week since my kids started school. Smoothies are the BEST for just experimenting and putting together all of your favourite things, and create your perfect drink. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ . My kids have their favorite and itโ€™s this โ€œpurple one.โ€ When I try experiment with other flavors they always go back to this one. โฌ‡๏ธ . โœ”๏ธ 2 cup almond or coconut milk โœ”๏ธ 2-3 cups spinach โœ”๏ธ 1 frozen banana โœ”๏ธ 1 1/2 cup frozen mixed berries โœ”๏ธ 2 scoops of peanut butter powder โœ”๏ธ 2 scoops of collagen (or protein of choice) . You can omit the spinach if your kids are really picky, but I promise they wonโ€™t taste it. This is what I love about smoothies, itโ€™s easy to sneak in the greens! ๐Ÿฅฌ . My son says, โ€œSmoothies Make Veggies Exciting!โ€ You can have them just drink it, fill popsicle holders, or just add more banana and serve it like ice cream. So many options. ๐Ÿ’ฏ . I donโ€™t just meal prep for myself I also meal prep for my kids too. Iโ€™m all about healthy efficiency when it comes to food options for my kids. These are simple, convenient and nutritious. ๐Ÿ“๐ŸŒ๐Ÿฅฌ . Whatโ€™s your kids favorite smoothie? Tell me in the comments… . . . . . #smoothie #kidsmoothie #healthymom #kidsfood #weelicious #smoothieswirl #greensmoothie #nicecream #healthykids #kidsnutrition #smoothieprep #smoothiebowl #smoothiebags

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This mother swears by this “Purple One” recipe as it is one of the only she’s tried that has received her children’s stamp of approval. Find the recipe here!


8. Peanut Butter, Banana, and Vanilla Oreo Smoothie 

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๐—ž๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ฝ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ธ๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฑ๐—ผ๐˜€ ๐—ณ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ฎ ๐˜„๐—ต๐—ผ๐—น๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ฏ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€ ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ . We've experimented with a new smoothie today that was "Kid Approved" . ๐Ÿญ ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ ๐—ฏ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฎ (๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฒ ๐—ฝ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐˜๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—น๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ธ๐˜€ ๐—›๐—ฎ! ๐—ช๐—ฒ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ!) . ๐Ÿฏ ๐—š๐—ผ๐—น๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐—ข๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ผ ๐—–๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ธ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜€ . ๐Ÿญ ๐—ฑ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ฝ ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐˜๐˜„๐—ผ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜ƒ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ถ๐—น๐—น๐—ฎ . ๐Ÿญ ๐—ด๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜€ ๐˜€๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ณ๐˜‚๐—น๐—น ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜‚๐˜ ๐—ฏ๐˜‚๐˜๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ (๐˜„๐—ฒ ๐—ฑ๐—ผ๐—ป'๐˜ ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐˜„๐—ฒ ๐—ฒ๐˜†๐—ฒ๐—ฏ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น) . ๐Ÿญ ๐—ฐ๐˜‚๐—ฝ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—”๐—น๐—บ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐— ๐—ถ๐—น๐—ธ . ๐—” ๐—ณ๐—ฒ๐˜„ ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ ๐—ฐ๐˜‚๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐˜€ . Blend and ENJOY!!!! #familytime #kiddos #summervibes #treats

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When all else fails, add cookies! This may seem a bit counterproductive, but when you weigh out the benefits your littles are receiving from this smoothie, you’ll quickly agree that a cookie is a game changer! Find the recipe here!


9. Hulk Smoothie 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Naming your smoothie something fun and child-friendly might be the key to convincing them that food can be both exciting and delicious! This Hulk Smoothie does just that! Find the recipe here!


10. Little Green Monsters 

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Tummy issues? Pears help to maintain healthy gut and bowel function. These little green monsters are great for kids, (and of course adults! ) with pear, mint & spirulina for a cleansing, detoxing & yummy snack ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ‘Œ . . Ingredients : 1 tbsp spirulina, 2 tbsp chia seeds, 1 tsp vanilla, pinch cinnamon, handful macadamia nuts or almonds, 1 banana, 2 pears, 4 leaves mint, 4-6 pitted dates (optional), small handful baby spinach, 4 cups water, >>>> blend on highest speed for 1 min, then add in 2 handfuls of ice & blend again for 30 secs or until smooth and creamy ๐Ÿคฉ ๐Ÿ๐ŸŒ . Xoxo . . . . . . . . #healthygut #happybelly #healthykids #smoothies #smoothierecipes #greenmonster #kidssmoothies #alkaline #spirulina #detox #guthealth #nutrition #fitness #selflove

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Just as this momma describes, this recipe is an ideal choice for improving gut health! This snack is cleansing, detoxifying, and yummy! Find the recipe here!


11. Orange Creamsicle 

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Creamsicle Bars were one of my absolute favorite frozen treats growing up, but they definitely weren't a healthy dessert with such atrocities as high fructose corn syrup, milk fat and unrecognizable ingredients. I tried for years to figure out how to make a clean version. Then, one day I discovered the secret ingredient: clementines! This Creamsicle Smoothie recipe tastes just like the original, but it is dairy-free with no refined sugar and no chemicals. And, it freezes beautifully into dreamy, creamy popsicles. #deliciouslyhealthysweets #dairyfree #antiinflammatory #f52citrus #kidssmoothies #healthykids Ingredients * 4 cold clementines * 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract * 4 pitted medjool dates * 1/3 cup coconut cream (see notes below) * 1 cup ice * 2 teaspoons raw honey Directions: Add the clementines, vanilla, dates and coconut cream to a high speed blender (I like @Vitamix) and process on high speed for at least 1 full minute, or until smooth and creamy. Add the ice and process again. Add honey if desired. Serve at once. Notes: Coconut "Cream" is the thick, rich and non-watery part of canned coconut milk. To get the "cream" you need to refrigerate your coconut milk for 5 or 6 hours or pop it in the freezer for at least an hour. Once the coconut milk is cold, carefully remove the top with a can opener and use a spoon to scoop out the hardened coconut "cream" off the top. The "cream" is what you will be using for the smoothie recipe. You can reserve the liquid water for other smoothies.

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Another recipe that mimics the flavors of a child’s favorite summertime snack. Find the recipe here!


12. Berry Smoothie Bowl 

If your little one isn’t keen on drinking their smoothie, try placing this recipe in a bowl and topping it with a few enticing and fun treats. Find the recipe here!


Conclusion

As we saw in a few of the recipes, smoothies are quite versatile as they can be frozen into popsicles, or placed in a bowl with a few chocolate chips and oatmeal. Finding what works for your child will be key – so be lenient and flexible and surely your child will fall in love with one (hopefully more!) of these blended recipes. 

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