When I make smoothies I always like to add some form of veggies to them. Both my boys are fruit obsessed and so I feel that when I simply blend a whole heap of fruit I’m giving them no added benefits. Instead, I’m just encouraging them to consume even more than the large amount of fruit they already devour.
When I add some veggies, however, I always feel good knowing that the boys are getting some extra goodness from foods that they eat a lot less of. Although I’m lucky that Finn basically eats everything, Rory is a little more picky and vegetables aren’t something that he would race to eat. In fact they can often be found catapulted across the room! When blended with some sweet fruit, however, he is more than happy to eat (or drink) them up.
One of my favourite vegetables to add is beetroot. I love the colour that it gives and the sweet earthy taste. It may take a bit of getting used to, especially if your kid hasn’t had beetroot often, and that is why I’ve only added half a beet to this Beet and Berries Smoothie. If your little one is happy to drink it then the next time you make it, up the recipe to a full beet. It will make your smoothie darker and more vibrant in colour and just as delicious.
I rarely make smoothies without adding a handful (or two) of spinach to them. Spinach is so mild tasting that you can easily get away with adding it. However, it does really effect the colour and may be off putting to some kids. This is where beetroot is so good, it easily masks any green colour.
Get your kids to help you make the smoothie. Rory, although fussy at times, still enjoys helping and trying out all the ingredients (as you can see from his face!) Even though he screwed up his face at the beetroot and spinach I still showed him it going into the smoothie. This way he can see that it can be enjoyed in different ways and hopefully he is more willing to try them again when they aren’t blended with sweet fruit.
Beet and Berries Smoothie
- 1/2 cooked beetroot (can use raw in some high speed blenders)
- 1/3 cup natural yoghurt
- 1/3 cup milk
- 1 frozen banana (cut into chunks)
- 1 cup frozen mixed berries
- 1 handful of spinach
- Add all ingredients to a blender and blitz until smooth. Add more milk if needed.
If you love this smoothie then why not try my green smoothie or green smoothie pancakes!