Smoothies have long been my secret to getting my kids to eat more fruits and vegetables. It seems like most of the time if you can blend it, they will eat it.
Last month I challenged you to try some new veggies. Did you?
One easy way I get my kids (and myself – if we are being honest) to eat vegetables is to put it in a smoothie. V8′s 100% Strawberry Banana Fusion makes the perfect base for a healthy breakfast or snack.
- 2 cups V8 Strawberry Banana Fusion
- 2 cups vanilla yogurt
- 2 cups frozen bananas
- 1 ripe banana
- 1.5 cups ice
- Add all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
V8 has several juices available that taste great on their own or blended with your favorite ingredients. My husband’s favorite is spicy mango, but we went with Strawberry Banana to keep the kids happy. They aren’t big on spicy foods.
When you are making your smoothies don’t forget to throw in some spinach or carrots. Those are my two go-to smoothie vegetables and the kids can’t taste the difference. They think they are getting a pink milkshake and really they are getting all their fruit and vegetable servings in for the day.
Another way I’ve encouraged (aka forced) my kids try new vegetables is to pay them for it. It actually worked. You can read all about it and take a look at their grimacing faces here. I even created a checklist for kids to chart their progress trying new veggies, download it if you think it will help your kids eat healthier.
The older you get the harder it is to try new things, so don’t delay signing up for the V8 Vegout challenge. When you visit the site you’ll find healthy recipes, workout ideas, and inspiration to start getting healthy before the new year begins!
What are your favorite veggies?