Blackberry and peach smoothie with a surprise vegetable

by Meri on February 28, 2012

I love smoothies and they are such a great way to get a variety of healthy fruits and vegetables into toddlers. We use them as part of breakfast or as a mid-day treat. My kids are pretty good when it comes to eating fruit, but Tiny and Mr. aren’t so great with their vegetables so I’m always trying to find new ways to include them. The great thing about smoothies is you can “sneak” vegetables in and not alter the taste. This is also a great trick for you adults out there who also find it hard to get in your veggies. I have to thank my photography contributer, Candice Dreyer, for the idea of adding kale to this smoothie recipe. I was skeptical as my little people seem to always know when I’ve added a vegetable even if it is invisible to the eye. It’s as if they have some sort of built-in veggie radar that scans a food and immediately rejects it if there is some sort of “green” detected. I also thought the bitterness of the kale might stand out. However, we had success! Excellent and no bitterness. The kids enjoyed the entire smoothie and I did a small veggie victory dance behind their backs.

Try this recipe if you struggle getting your little people to eat dark greens.

Blackberry, Peach and Kale Smoothie

Yields: 3 servings

1 1/2 cups low fat vanilla yogurt

2 bananas

3/4 cup frozen peaches

1/2 cup frozen blackberries

2 large kale leaves, broken into small pieces

1/2 cup milk (soy, almond or rice milk are fine also)

Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until you get a smooth consistency. Serve!

On hot days, pour your smoothies into small paper dixie cups with a popsicle stick and place into your freezer. Once frozen, peel off the paper and you have a great frozen treat!

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Dina March 13, 2012 at 8:01 pm

Mmmm… tasty! I’ve heard of this before, this sneaking greens into delicious fruit smoothies. I’ll have to try it. Right now, J is okay with kale and spinach (knock wood) if I puree them first. He willingly consumes a kale, potato, garlic and kidney bean soup that I make. Thanks for the great ideas!

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Meri March 13, 2012 at 9:46 pm

You are a lucky mama that he enjoys his greens! I’m jealous!

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