Smoothies for Picky Eaters – This is truly the best smoothie for picky eaters because the tropical blueberry flavor hides the nutritious part! When fully blended, this smoothie is creamy, satisfying and your kids will love it. Plus, this smoothie recipe makes a delicious popsicle!
This is the perfect recipe if you want a Protein Shake for your picky eater because the nutrition is loaded with healthy protein too!
Reader Request: Help, I have a Picky Eater!
“My 11 year old’s son whole diet consists of inflammatory foods! The only fruit he will eat is red grapes but absolutely no veggies! I never “forced” my kids to eat foods and I feel that’s where I failed in my parenting journey. My older 2 will eat anything, so I followed the same way with my youngest. Didn’t work so well! He was a great eater until he turned 2. I made all of his baby food from real food and breast fed him until he was 3.5!
Please help me find a smoothie for picky eaters that will get more nutrition into his diet.”
Solution: Delicious Smoothies for Picky Eaters
Having picky eaters is not so easy, but there are so wonderful solutions. We have some friends that have 2 picky eaters and don’t love any fruits or vegetables. Oddly enough, they will eat bananas and spinach in a smoothie, like our Blackberry Smoothie. This is likely because once you can get a child to TRY and drink a smoothie, they realize how delicious they are.
Thankfully, one of the children loves hummus, so we’re always making new hummus recipes to satisfy. Like this Cauliflower Hummus that looks and taste like hummus, but is full of nutrition.
Jessica Seinfeld to the Rescue for Now!
Most of us are familiar with Jessica Seinfeld’s Deceptively Delicious strategy for getting kids to eat healthy by sneaking veggies into their favorite foods. Some of her recipes actually encouraged us to find new ways to add vegetables to our recipes. Like our homemade Macaroni and Cheese with butternut squash, or our Spaghetti Casserole loaded with vegetables.
However, we also want to teach children to making healthy eating decisions too. So, for starts, check out Jessica’s book for more ideas to get nutrition in your picky eater’s diet… then, try the next step.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m all for sneaking in a few healthy ingredients here and there. But, in my experience with picky eaters, they have helped me to identify four ways to help them make good choices.
- Make the food fun
- Ensure it tastes delicious
- Use a blender to combine the nutrition with the delicious flavor.
- Make a popsicle!
Turn a Smoothie into a Popsicle in 8 Minutes
In as little as 8 minutes you can easily turn a smoothie into a popsicle. We love this easy Quicksicle Maker from Pampered Chef that makes popsicles in less than 10 minutes out of any liquid! The fun shapes and sizes really encourage kids to enjoy a healthy smoothie without them even knowing it.
All you have to do is make the smoothie from this recipe or one of our other Smoothie Recipes. Pour the mixture into our favorite popsicle maker — and in 8 minutes, your kids are ready to enjoy a healthy popsicle any time of day!
If you’re looking for more healthy and easy ways to keep your kid full of healthy nutrition, check out our Smoothie eBook, available for download. This eBook offers 9 unique popsicle recipes that can’t be found on the blog paired with a simple resources guide if you’re new to making popsicles.
If you’re ready to take on homemade popsicle-making, this eBook is for you!
How to Make the Perfect Smoothies for Picky Eaters
Below is a fun, delicious, and healthy smoothie for picky eaters who seem like they’ll never budge. The following recipe is two recipes in one. It’s both a Superfood Smoothie Recipe and a Superfood Popsicle.
Here are the nutrient boosts in this healthy smoothie for picky eaters.
#1: Use Coconut Manna in your Healthy Smoothie
Have you ever purchased coconut manna? If not, it’s a must have. Especially in this smoothie for picky eaters. Coconut butter or “coconut manna” is loaded with healthy nutrients because it uses the whole food, rather than just the oil.
It’s also delicious in recipes as a frosting, like in this homemade cinnamon bun recipe. Once you own a jar, you’ll find plenty of ways to enjoy it!
#2: Don’t Forget the Greens
The benefit to using frozen wild blueberries is it hides the color AND the flavor of the baby spinach. We use organic baby spinach for the least invasive flavor and color. It’s giving your picky eaters a boost of greens no matter what time of day.
#3: Cashew Butter for a Protein Boost
Did you know that just 2 tablespoons of cashew butter has 6g of protein. Making this recipe the perfect based for Protein Shakes for Picky Eaters. Instead of using a supplement, just add in 2 tablespoons of cashew butter!
Just add a fun striped or polka dotted paper straw for a winning combination for this smoothie for picky eaters. They won’t even know how nutritious it is!
More Recipes for Picky Eaters:
More healthy recipes for picky eaters for the parents that want to load up meals with healthy nutrition. These recipes ensure that children can still enjoy their favorite foods without the fuss!
- Mac & Cheese – This classic mac and cheese recipe is made with Butternut Squash and Nutritional Yeast sauce. So creamy and delicious!
- Chewy Brownies made with cassava flour – Not only is this recipe for Gluten Free Brownies healthy, but my daughter compares them to box brownies full of wheat, sugar and dairy. Which means, this is a WINNING recipe.
- Instant Pot Chili Recipe: Quick to make, loaded with veggies and perfect with homemade cornbread or tortilla chips.
- Quick Banana Muffins: Made with almond milk, flaxseed and coconut sugar.
Smoothie for Picky Eaters
Have a Picky Eater? This Smoothie for Picky Eaters is loaded with nutrition but tastes like a tropical blueberry explosion. Trust me, they won’t even know how healthy it is and they’ll ask for more!
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Total Time: 5 minutes
- Yield: 2–3 1x
- Category: Smoothie
- Method: Blender
- Cuisine: American
- Diet: Vegetarian
- 1–2 cups fresh baby spinach
- 1/2 cup wild frozen blueberries
- 1/2 cup frozen mango or pineapple
- 1/2 organic frozen banana
- 2 whole oranges
- 2 tablespoons cashew butter
- 2 tablespoons coconut manna/butter
- 1/2 – 3/4 cup filtered cold water
- OPTIONAL: 1 tablespoon agave syrup or coconut sugar
- OPTIONAL: Ice, as needed
- To a high-speed blender, add the ingredients to the blender in the following order: spinach, blueberries, mango/pineapple, banana, oranges, cashew butter, coconut manna. Top with cold water. Blend on high for 1 minute, damping down as needed.
- If the smoothie is too runny, add a 1/2 cup ice cubes or another 1/2 frozen bananas. If too thick, add 2 tablespoons of water at a time and blend to your preferred consistency.
- If making popsicles just place in this Popsicle Maker and freeze!
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