Question: I have made green smoothies for my kids â€¦ However, [they] are not interested in trying anything green! How can you mask the greens?
- Miranda H.
Answer: While some kids embrace â€œquestionably coloredâ€ smoothies, other kids can be pretty picky about their blend - your situation is certainly a common one! We have a lot of young kids within our Navitas employee family - picky ones included -so we're happy to share some of our best stealthy green techniques:
Turn Smoothies Into An Event - Depending on the age of your children, sometimes simply involving your kiddos in the smoothie-making process can help quell green-related fears. Set up several bowls/bags of ingredients on the counter, and allow your child to â€œdesignâ€ his or her own smoothie. Asking â€œwhich one?â€ to blueberries or strawberries, chia seeds or hemp seeds, and finally, spinach or kale, gives children a sense of confidence in their creation, regardless of color. While it doesn't work with every child, it's certainly worth a shot.
Make It Pretty - If truly hiding vegetables is your only option, don't let a greenish smoothie be the giveaway of your secret healthy efforts. Green colors are easily masked by any food that's high in anthocyanin antioxidants - the blues and purples of the natural food world. Pack in plentiful frozen blueberries, use vibrantly violet Maqui Powder, or treat your child to a chocolate shake with raw cacao powderâ€¦ all with a sneaky handful of spinach or kale blended inside. Not only won't kids be able to taste your addition, they'll be comforted by the friendlier purple or chocolate-colored hue, and never guess that there's greens inside.
Rely on Fruit - We all know that what tastes good to us may not be quite as palatable to children. But making kid-style smoothies is made easy, by relying on fruit! Using easily recognizable sweet flavors like bananas, strawberries, dried mulberries, and especially apple juice can turn even the most tentative young drinker into one that can't put his smoothie down.
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