Smoothies for Kids: The Sugar Reset Round-Up
With Halloween behind us, and plenty of holiday parties ahead of us, we know parents need meal options that are quick, easy and healthy. That’s why we turned to some of our favorite healthy-eating moms to get ideas for new, fun smoothies for kids.
They went straight to the kitchen and came up with these tasty recipes so you can keep your child healthy throughout the holiday season. Blend your favorite recipe the morning after a big holiday dinner or before a long day of holiday festivities, filled with sugary desserts and high-calorie dinners.
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Noelle Martin MScFN, RD and mom of Motherhood and Meals shares, “Although Halloween is behind us, the ‘sweet treats’ are still lingering. As parents, it is our responsibility to decide what foods and beverages are offered and our children’s responsibility to decide if and how much they will eat/drink of what we offer.”
Give Martin’s smoothie recipe a try, featuring Healthy Height. She loves our shake mix “because it adds nutrient density with vitamins, minerals, and amino acids needed to support a strong immune system and optimal brain and body growth!”
2 cups unsweetened coconut or almond milk
1 cup frozen avocado chunks
1 large handful of kale (fresh or frozen)
1 large handful of baby spinach
1-2 cups fresh or frozen pineapple chunks
1 cup frozen coconut chunks
5 figs or pitted dates
1/2 cup Healthy Height Vanilla Shake Mix
Blend all ingredients together in a high speed blender. Add more coconut milk for a thinner smoothie and add less to make a thicker option for a smoothie bowl.
The Kansas City Dietitian, Bethany Frazier, MS, RDN, LD, knows the picky eating struggle. So what’s her solution? Find the balance between sweet and nutritious: “We all know it's easy to win over a picky eater with candy (read: full-sized candy bar for Halloween dinner), but real food friends are sweet AND nutritious. This smoothie checks all the boxes!”
1/2 cooked small butternut squash (about 1 cup)
1 pear (I used canned, juices reserved)
1/4 cup vanilla greek yogurt
1/4 cup reserved pear juice
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. nutmeg
[Optional: Healthy Height Shake Mix]
Combine all ingredients in a blender, serve and enjoy.
We love this important reminder from Joy, of Lunch and Littles, “One day doesn’t ruin everything … today’s a great day for a reset!”
That’s why she made these nutritious smoothies that taste as good as they look. Joy explains, “Featuring blueberries, mango and pitaya, these smoothies are perfect layered, or enjoyed one flavor at a time. And, with the addition of Healthy Height, your little one(s) can get all sorts of added protein, and great added taste (among other health benefits!) without an abundance of added sugar.”
For all layers, start with this base:
1 banana, 2/3 cup milk of choice
1 tbsp. almond butter
1 tsp. chia seeds
1 tsp. hemp seeds
1 tsp. flax seeds
1 heaping scoop Vanilla Flavored Healthy Height Powder
Purple Layer: 1 cup frozen blueberries
Yellow Layer: 1 cup frozen mango
Pink Layer: 1 cup frozen pitaya
Add your fruit, as detailed above, to each base. Add a handful of spinach/other greens to Purple Layer if desired. Hidden greens never hurt anyone.
Repeat your base 3 times (total), for Purple, Yellow and Pink Layer ingredients. Layer fruits and blend separately, layering as shown.
Amy Palanjian of Yummy Toddler Food suggests testing different serving options when giving your little one smoothies. She says, “You can serve this up any which way that your little one likes, because it's possible that a simple change of serving vessel—from an open cup to a straw cup, from a straw cup to a reusable pouch or a smoothie bowl—can make all the difference in getting them to actually drink the smoothie!”
Bonus, she partnered with us to make her delicious green smoothie because she loves “how this kid-friendly powder brings in extra vitamins, minerals, and amino acids.”
1 cup frozen mango
1/2 cup whole milk Greek yogurt
1/4 cup orange juice
1/2 cup baby spinach
1 tbsp. hemp seeds
1 scoop Healthy Height Vanilla Shake Mix
Blend all ingredients together, starting on low and working up to high to make it nice and smooth and uniform in color. Serve cold!
This veggie-loaded chocolate smoothie is the perfect substitution for an unhealthy piece of candy or high-sugar snack. It’s name also came from the little ones who love it most. Heather of heather.happykidskitchen explains:
“We named it the magical ‘disappearing’ smoothie because we put a couple giant handfuls of spinach (and frozen butternut squash!) in there and when we blended it all up the greens vanished! Plus, my guys sucked down the smoothies so fast is was like they magically disappeared. Poof!”
1/2 cup frozen butternut squash
2 big handfuls of baby spinach
1 tbps. cacao powder
2 scoops Healthy Height Chocolate Shake Mix
1 cup milk
Couple handfuls of ice
Have your child help you add everything to the blender. Do a countdown and watch those greens disappear!
Hannah from Hannah from California is balancing out sweets with this tasty green smoothie to “give our kiddos the nourishment their bodies need after a fun (but hectic) holiday.” She loves using Healthy Height to give her nourishing smoothies more nutrients—and tastes delicious.
She explains, “I like to add a scoop of Healthy Height Vanilla Shake Mix to our smoothies because it makes it taste like a milkshake while also boosting the nutrition with extra fiber, protein, essential vitamins, minerals and more!”
1 frozen banana
1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/3 cup frozen strawberries.
1/2 cup frozen cauliflower.
1 cup packed with spinach.
1.5 - 2 cups milk of choice.
1 large scoop of Vanilla
Healthy Height Vanilla Shake Mix
For smoothies, I like to put all the ingredients in my blender and then let it sit for 3 to 5 minutes to soften. Then blend, serve, and enjoy!
Nutrition to Help Kids Grow - and Sleep!
Every year our team of Pediatricians at Schneider Children's Medical Center have 20,000 visits from children with issues relating to growth. Our doctors wanted to find a non-invasive way to help children grow and the nutrition in our shake mix is the result of their efforts. The nutrition in our shake mix was shown in a clinical study to promote growth in 6 months, as well as improve sleep patterns in kids who take at least 1 serving per day.