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 a 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 up front about anything new I add to a 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
1 cup frozen strawberries (if you use fresh add some ice)
1/2 cup vanilla yogurt (or any yogurt of choice)
1 cup tightly fit spinach
1 cup orange juice
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?
Nutrition per serving:172 calories, 4g protein, 3g fiber and 26 g sugar (most naturally occurring expect from the vanilla yogurt). 126% DV for vitamin C, 22% vitamin A, 63% vitamin K, 15% potassium, 10% calcium and 5% iron.