Green Smoothie… That The Kids LOVE!

Breakfast, Smoothies

Dietitian's Green Smoothie that the kids love made in a white Vitamix Ascent Series machine.

We start most mornings with a green smoothie…usually at the request of our kids!  Seriously!  It’s the BEST way to sneak greens and all sorts of nutritious foods into their diet! I’ve been asked a million times what we put in our smoothies to make the kids love them so much. In fact, our kids prefer a green smoothie over ANY other smoothie. I’d say that’s a parenting win right there, yes?

I use the Vitamix Ascent Series blender (A3500 Model) to whip it up: it’s my favourite in the Vitamix family and really steps up to the plate.  A good blender really makes a difference, nobody likes chunks in their smoothies… am I right?

Dietitian's Green Smoothie that the kids love made in a white Vitamix Ascent Series machine.

Dietitian's Green Smoothie that the kids love made in a white Vitamix Ascent Series machine.

 

Dietitian's Green Smoothie that the kids love made in a white Vitamix Ascent Series machine.

Here is our recipe, just blend the following ingredients until smooth in the blender, starting at the lowest variable and turning it to high, using the tamper on the highest setting if needed.  You can add a scoop of your favourite vanilla protein powder to this if you are making this for an adult but I do not put it in for the kids, it is too much protein for their little kidneys.

Makes 3-4 smoothies

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 c. tightly packed kale or spinach leaves
  • 1 c. frozen pineapple chunks
  • 1 c. frozen mango chunks
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 3/4 c. plain or vanilla Greek yogurt (sub dairy-free yogurt if desired)
  • 1/2 c. mango or pineapple juice
  • 1 c. unsweetened almond milk (or more to thin if needed)

 

Dietitian's Green Smoothie that the kids love made in a white Vitamix Ascent Series machine.

I hope your family loves this as much as ours!

Tori

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This particular post was not sponsored, but I work with Vitamix.  All opinions are my own!

Photography by Sharla Pike Photography

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16 Comments on “Green Smoothie… That The Kids LOVE!”

  1. Heather

    Hi Tori, Thanks for all the inspiration on healthy eating! Just wondering how many servings does this make? Thanks for your time!

  2. Alexis

    Hey great smoothie Tori! Our family loves all your recipes 🙂

    Kind of a random question, but I was making ice cream from one of your summer posts, and was wondering what you store the ice cream in once it’s made.

    Happy Spring!

    Alexis

  3. Tiffany

    Hi Tori! Thanks for sharing the recipe. I’m curious about the amount of sugar in these. I know it’s mainly from fruit (and some in the yogurt and juice), but can you talk about your perspective on this as a dietitian?

    1. Tori Wesszer

      Hi Tiffany thanks for the question it’s a good one! We encourage fruit at home, and in truth, if there wasn’t fruit in it to sweeten this the kids wouldn’t drink it! You can choose plain yogurt (I do half of the time, I will add that in there) to help reduce it. I feel that it’s important for me to get the greens into my kids and am totally ok with fruit in their diets! And mine for the record! I hope this helps!

    2. Tori Wesszer

      I should also mention that fruit is loaded with vitamins and antioxidants that is healthy for us to! And of course, whole fruit has fibre that we all need. If your kids will drink it without the juice (just sub more milk or almond milk) you can leave out the juice. I’ll admit that mine prefer it with the splash of juice but since there is a decent amount of protein and fat in the smoothie along with fibre it is still a good choice in my books:). Long answer!

  4. Brittaney

    Hi Tori!

    I’m new to the smoothie game, but eager to sneak more veggies into my 21 month old’s diet. Do you use smoothies in addition to breakfast, or as the meal? Not sure how filling smoothies are and how much it would effect my son’s appetite during breakfast.

    Thank you!

    1. Tori Wesszer

      Hi Brittaney, I often give the smoothies to them with something else, but they are complete and filling enough on their own, it really depends on how much they consume! I love giving a variety of foods, we often serve some scrambled eggs and toast or peanut butter on toast in addition.

  5. Jovana

    Hi Tori! Thanks for sharing the recipe. Silly question maybe – any particular reason for using frozen banana instead of just a ripe room temperature one?

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