This post is extra special because it is for and features someone I love with all of my heart, my precious daughter.
So I’m calling this a toddler smoothie because, well I made it for my toddler. I promise you though that you do not have to be a toddler to enjoy this. I repeat, you do NOT have to a be toddle to enjoy this! I enjoyed it myself. 😉
This smoothie is great though for kids, picky eaters, busy and on the go type people. Because this smoothie is made without add sugars and contains a veggie, it makes the perfect meal prep breakfast or snack for young ones to have at daycare or school. My girl really enjoyed it and enjoyed helping me make them too. I knew it was a win when I let her taste test it and she promptly signed “more, please.” I couldn’t say no to that! I mean look at this face.
Side note, get your kids in the kitchen as early as you can. My girl spends a lot of time in the kitchen with me and is slowly helping me more and more. Right now she loves to push the button to start the blender, help with dishes, and stir (with help). Perk of being momma’s sous chef: you get to lick the spoons.
This made enough smoothies for 4, 3.5 oz food pouches. You can store them however you like, but I really like these pouches for this age. I fill them with yogurt, applesauce, smoothies, oatmeal. They can be washed in the dishwasher and frozen as well. These pouches are called Nature’s Little Squeeze. I bought them off of Amazon. They have a few different sizes you can purchase. The smallest one is the perfect snack size or meal addition for my 17 month old. You may want the larger ones if you get them for yourself or a little bit older kiddos. I recommend making the smoothies and freezing then letting it thaw out the night before.
The great thing about this recipes is that you could change the fruit or veggie to something you or your kid likes better. You can also swap out the peanut butter for a seed butter or the yogurt for a non-dairy type if you desire or need. It’s very versatile. Also, it’s so fast to whip up. I love meal prep that’s so effortless.
I hope you, or your little one enjoys these as much as mine did. Hopefully it makes your week a little less hectic and allows you to feel good knowing you served a tasty, healthy snack even at your busiest. It sure gave me some peace of mind!
Meal Prep Toddler Approved Fruit and Veggie Smoothie
Yield: 4 3.5 oz smoothie pouches
1 cup plain whole milk yogurt*
1 medium banana
1 cup frozen berries
1-2 handfuls of spinach
1-2 tbsp natural peanut butter**
2 tbsp-1/2 c plain unsweetened almond milk***
In a food processor or blender (I use a Ninja Pulse blender/food processor), combine yogurt, banana broken in quarters, berries, spinach, and peanut butter.
Blend till mixture starts to come together. Stir periodically if needed.
As smoothie comes together, add milk gradually starting with 2 tbsp. Add milk till desired consistency is reached. (I added around 1/4 c. If you put them in food pouches you do not want them to be too thin or they will just dump out if turned over with the lid off. It’s a very real possibility if you have little ones. ;))
Blend till smooth. Divide evenly between pouches, cups or ziploc bags.
Smoothies are best when used in 1-2 days when kept in the fridge. They can be kept in the freezer for 3 months. Just set in the fridge the night before to thaw out.
*You can substitute the yogurt with greek yogurt or a non dairy yogurt for increased protein or dairy intolerance.
**You can substitute a seed butter or different nut butter for food allergies or taste preference.
***You can substitute dairy milk or any other non dairy milk option. Choose unsweetened to avoid added sugars if desired.