In Monday’s weekly meal plan I mentioned how Big A is finally drinking smoothies — we’ve been having them all summer long. So I wanted to step it up and add something green to the smoothie.
A good way to introduce new foods to a kid is to include it as part of food they already accept (at least that’s what the research says).
To keep the trust in feeding, something that’s very important to me, I don’t like sneaking in food hoping that my kids won’t notice. I also think this sends the message that healthy foods taste so bad tasting you have to sneak them.
So I stay upfront about anything new I add to familiar food. Here’s how it went with the smoothies:
Me: Let’s make smoothies for snack
Big A: Yeah! Smoothies!!
Me: I was thinking of adding some spinach to the smoothie
Big A: Will it taste the same?
Me: I’m not sure. Maybe. We’ll have to try it and see.
Big A: Okay
I blended all the ingredients in the blender and the color was not really green, more like brown but as we kept drinking them they turned almost green. This makes about 3 cups. I gave the smoothie to Big A and after a sip, she said: “It tastes the same!” and continued to drink it.
Of course, I had to use this as a teachable moment and told her that “even if it didn’t taste the same, that would be okay. It’s good to eat (or try) food that tastes different” (we talked a lot about this on our vacation where Big A kept asking if the food we were eating would “taste the same” as it does at home).
What green smoothies do you make at home?
- 1 cup frozen strawberries (if you use fresh add some ice)
- 1 banana
- ½ cup vanilla yogurt (or any yogurt of choice)
- 1 cup tightly fit spinach
- 1 cup orange juice
- Blend all the ingredients and enjoy!