Sometimes you have to let your kids (and your kitchen) get a little messy so your children can cook and actually eat (or drink) some good food! Did you know that most children will eat or at least try something they helped make? I am not the best cook (just ask my husband). However, I do try to include my children in making things in the kitchen. Our favorite things to make together are: smoothies (a list of our favorites are below); healthy no-bake cookies and eggs.
Even though this list is small and very easy, every time my children get asked what they like most about mommy (i.e. Mother’s day projects at school), it is always cooking. “I love mommy because she cooks with me” and “mommy is the best cook” were a few of the phrases on my Mother’s Day cards and art projects. I firmly believe it is because they are included in the process-not that it is a difficult one.
I started drinking smoothies a while ago after stumbling upon several yummy recipes on my favorite blogs. My children started drinking the smoothies, too! They kept drinking them even after they saw me put spinach in them! Then, my little man wanted to try to come up with his own combination. I was a little skeptical at first, but it was so good! Now he proudly proclaims he makes the “best smoothies ever!” He even has a secret ingredient. Don’t worry, he said I could share it with you!
Little man’s fruit smoothie
- 6 ounces of orange juice (or other juice like apple or 100% cranberry juice)
- 2 ounces of coconut water
- 1 handful of spinach (preferably organic)
- 1 frozen banana*
- 1 cup frozen strawberries*
- 1 cup frozen blueberries*
- 1 dash of cinnamon – This is the secret ingredient. We love Red Ape Cinnamon.
- Protein powder (You can add any kind, but our favorite is this one. It’s vegan, too!)
- Chia seeds
- Flax seeds
- Blend the first 3 ingredients
- Add and blend the rest
*You can use fresh fruit instead of frozen, but you may want to add some ice to thicken it.
Here are some other smoothie recipes your children can help make with you:
Beginner’s Luck Fruit Smoothie (from Simple Green Smoothies.com)
Much health and happiness,
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This looks great and so glad to see kids making healthy food and enjoying it.
I love the addition of Chia Seeds. Great way to get extra protein and antioxidants into your day.
They are! I love to add them to things and make chia seed pudding.
This looks so good- I have a Vitamix that I neglect now that I’m no longer pureeing my daughters food- time to make some smoothies!
Thank you. I use my Blendtec every morning for them! They are a great way to get in fruits and veggies!
I love that your son makes his own smoothies and that he has a secret ingredient too! My secret ingredient is usually vanilla! How much Chia Seed do you put in one smoothie?
I love vanilla! I read somewhere not to grind the chia seeds, so I normally put about two teaspoons in mine. My children aren’t fond of the consistency…yet!
I love smoothies, your son’s version sounds wonderful!
Thank you! I do, too!
My kids like drinking smoothies too and they always make their own creations. It’s nice that enjoy drinking smoothies as a dessert and will skip the other sugary things.
That actually sounds pretty good. I bet it would be a great way to sneak in some fruit.
I never thought of letting them make their own!! I love putting chia in mine too 🙂
It can be messier, but they think it is a lot of fun!
I love it when kids can make their own food. You’re right, it does help them be healthier eaters! 🙂
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My son would love this too!
It is so fun to make together!
love the recipe we make smoothies all the time will be trying this soon thanks for sharing
You are welcome! Thank you!
So fun to have the kids get involved. Everything tastes better when you make it yourself! : ) Thanks for sharing with SYC.
This is perfect for my son. He is pretty picky but I think this is something he might actually like! Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty.
You should try it. My daughter is picky, too, but she asks her brother to make this for her almost every morning!
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