Toddler Approved Peach Smoothie
I’ve shared some of our favorite toddler approved green smoothies before, but I like to mix it up for H every so often so he doesn’t get bored of his daily drink. He’s definitely starting to get more picky about what he will and won’t eat, so a smoothie is a great way to sneak in some healthy goodness to what he thinks is just a sweet and yummy snack!
My parents took H to a vineyard and fruit orchard this past weekend, so we are swimming in peaches. I’m definitely not complaining as peaches are basically the best summer fruit out there, but my waistline is hurting after enjoying so many of the peach crumbles that we love, so it was time to mix it up and enjoy them in a little healthier of a way.
- 2 dates
- 1/4c coconut water
- 1 banana
- 1 peach
- 1 big leaf of kale
- 1 – 2 tbs coconut oil
- dash of ground cinnamon
- 1 – 2 cups water
- Blend dates and coconut water until mostly smooth.
- Add kale, banana and peach, coconut oil and cinnamon, water and blend.
- Serve in your favorite Nuby cup, and enjoy!
As you can tell by the picture above, this is currently H’s favorite smoothie – he literally chases me around and tries to climb up my legs screaming “‘moodie! ‘moodie!” as I’m making it for him, and gets a big cheesy grin on his face as I pour it into his Wash or Toss™ Straw Cups from Nûby.
His eating has improved for the most part, but we still have a long way to go, so these green smoothies help make sure he gets in all his daily vitamins and minerals, as well as some healthy fats that his very active and growing body needs.
In order to get this green smoothie smooth enough, you definitely need to blend the dates with some type of liquid first, then the kale, then the rest of the ingredients. This makes sure that both the kale and dates get chopped and diced and blended well enough so that they mix in with everything else.
I use a NutriBullet Magic Bullet, because its awesomesauce at emulsifying, so I have a smooth and delicious drink every time. At just under $80, it’s almost half the price of the Ninja blender system, but performs just as well. Another thing I love about the NutriBullet is that it has such a small footprint, which is perfect for those of us with tiny kitchens.
These Wash or Toss™ Straw Cups from Nûby are totally my new favorite smoothie cup for H. They hold about 10oz, which is great for a thirsty toddler, and are easy to hold in one hand. The straw is wide enough for thicker liquids, and they are legitimately the easiest cups to clean – ever. I hand wash them a lot since we use them so often, and rinsing them is so easy. But they are dishwasher safe! Just make sure to put them on the top rack.
The lids snap on and off easily, but not so easy a 19 month old toddler can do it, so they’re easy to fill and refill, and the straws glide in and out smoothly. The straw runs all the way down to the base of the cup on the side, so H can make sure to get each and every drop of his smoothie.
One of the things that I really like about this set is that for under $5 (as of 8/21/15 on Amazon) you get 4 cups, 4 lids and 4 straws – one red, one orange, one green and one blue, and they are all INTERCHANGEABLE! This means that if you’re like me and have a tendency to lose sippy cup parts, it’s ok! Because you’ve got backups!
Surprisingly enough, its been around a month and I still have yet to lose any straws, tops or cups *knocks on wood*, but I still think its really fun to mix and match. I often will give H a blue cup, green straw and red lid (or some other random combination), and talk to him about the colors, so even drinking a smoothie can be a learning experience!
With an inexpensive price point, bright colors, and sturdy enough construction to be able to reuse them, I can’t recommend these Wash or Toss™ Straw Cups from Nûby enough! As always, they’re BPA free and they can be found on Amazon or at Meijer!