This is My Toddler's Favorite Pink Smoothie and it is filled with strawberries, raspberries, beets, a banana, hemp seeds, kefir and a drizzle of honey. It's a power-house smoothie loaded with protein, fiber, vitamin C, iron, probiotics, antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids. Perfect for any toddler, especially those picky eaters out there!
My youngest daughter, Parker, calls this herrrrr Princess Pinkie Pie Smoothie, and wakes up each morning demanding I make it for her - every.single.morning!
You would think that after a year of making this smoothie all the friggin time, that she would get bored with it. Nope!
It's beyond healthy (even though she doesn't know this)
It's pink (did I mention that;)
I think that because it is pink, and Parker is into anything pink and sparkly these days, she is more open to this smoothie as oppose to the other green smoothies I make her.
Green smoothies are amazing and I make and serve them all the time. But Parker doesn't wake up demanding a green smoothie, let's get real, she's 3! Most of the time, I don't even wake up craving a green smoothie.
So I used this passion for pink and turned her favorite pink smoothie in the ultimate healthy pink smoothie, without her even knowing it! #momwin
I loaded up this smoothie with strawberries, raspberries, a banana, beets, hemp seeds, kefir and just a squeeze of honey. Combined, these whole ingredients create a power-house meal for your little one that they will gladly drink down.
Why this Smoothie Rocks -
When you combine all of these ingredients you get a delicious meal that is loaded with the following vitamins and minerals -
- Protein (7 grams)
- Fiber (3 grams)
- vitamin C (110%) and D (25%)
- Iron (15%)
- Calcium (30%)
- Phosphorus and Magnesium (50%)
- Probiotics (3 strands)
- Healthy Fats
- Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Let's look at each ingredient's main benefits -
Strawberries - high in antioxidants, helps with brain health and full of amino acids
Raspberries - are loaded with antioxidants and help with heart health
Beets - loaded with fiber, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids
Banana - full of potassium for healthy digestion
Kefir - loaded with probiotics for a healthy gut, boosts immunity and builds bone strength
Hemp Seeds - great source of protein
Honey - used to sweeten the smoothie but local honey is also great to combat allergies
Additional Add-Ins for More Nutrition -
Want to add in some more nutrients, then these are our favorite additions. I don't add them all in at once (but I suppose you could), I just add in one or two different items to mix it up every morning.
- 1/2 cup frozen cauliflower (usually added in place of the banana)
- 1/2 teaspoon chia seeds (good amount of omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants)
- 1/2 teaspoon bee polen (great for boosting immunity and aids in digestion)
- 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil (healthy fat that keeps kiddos full for longer)
- 1/4 cup old fashioned oats (great for adding in extra fiber if they have a busy day planned)
- 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt (instead of the kefir)
- 1/4 cup mangos (usually instead of the raspberries)
How To Freeze Beets -
You can totally use pre-cooked or raw beets (shredded or finely chopped) in any smoothies.
But since I don't always have beets on-hand in my fridge, I came up with this easy way to freeze pre-cooked beets so I can toss a couple chunks into my toddler's daily smoothie.
- Take pre-cooked beets and pat dry with a paper towel. You can cook the beets yourself or use the packaged pre-cook beets you can find in almost any super market. I got this package from Trader Joes.
- Cut beets into quarters or eights depending on the size of your beet.
- Toss cut beets into a small zip-lock baggie.
- Place baggie into freezer and then use when needed.
My Toddler's Favorite Pink Smoothie
1 cup frozen strawberries
1/4 cup frozen raspberries
1/2 - 1 small beet, frozen (see notes above)
1 banana, ripe
1/2 cup kefir
1/2 cup milk of choice (I used coconut milk)
2-3 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon hemp seeds
1/2 cup of ice
1. Place all ingredients into a high speed blender. Run on the smoothie setting or on high for 1-2 minutes or until completely smooth.
2. Serve and enjoy!
Notes on Honey
Honey should only be served to kiddos over the age of 1. You can also use 3-4 pitted dates that have been soaking in hot water for 5 minutes in place of a sweetener.
Notes on Kefir
Kefir can be tart for some kiddos, so you might want to start using just a little bit of kefir and the rest milk to get them used to the taste at first. You can also use a little bit more sweetener or a flavored kefir if you prefer.
Age: 9 months (without honey) and older
Prep Time: 5 minutes or less
Serving: 3 small servings or 2 large servings