Even though we eat a primarily vegan diet in our house, I still sometimes struggle to get enough vegetables in Ransom. You know the Bible verse that says “man cannot live on bread alone”? Well Ransom took that as a challenge. The boy will ask for toast, bagels, crackers, pasta, etc. Carbs, carbs, and more carbs.
Enter the smoothie.
Smoothies are my current favorite way to sneak healthy servings of fruits and veggies into my little man. Usually I make a double batch first thing in the morning. He doesn’t always want it right away, but if he sees me drinking mine then he immediately wants his own. Mind games, you guys. And I’m not even a little ashamed if it makes my 2 year old consume raw kale.
Here are a few of Ransom’s favorite smoothie recipes. Please note: these taste best when drank directly from mom’s cup ;)
From Chef Savvy. This smoothie is full of protein and the oatmeal keeps Ransom’s tummy nice and full all morning. Pro tip: add a tablespoon of flaxseed and a tablespoon of brewer’s yeast and you’ve got yourself a delicious lactation smoothie.
From Laura Fuentes. This is a really easy green smoothie recipe. I make this one several times a week and sometimes I switch it up by adding in some frozen mango.
From In It 4 The Long Run. Because I have yet to meet a toddler that doesn’t like PB&J. This is a healthier version of the classic American sandwich.
From The Veggie Mama. This smoothie is especially good during cold and flu season, since I bring home all sorts of germs from work, or any other time that your little one needs an immune system boost!
From Barefeet in the Kitchen. Lately we’ve been getting heaps and heaps of blueberries from our local farmer’s market and Ransom has been gobbling them up by the handful. If there are ever any left over, I like to make him this smoothie.
I hope that this gives you some ideas for new ways to get some fruits and veggies in your little one (or in you). Comment below and let me know what your favorite recipe was!