20 Healthy Fruit And Vegetable Smoothies For Toddlers To Try

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Preparing smoothies for toddlers is a healthy way to include the fruits and vegetables they would not eat otherwise in their diet. Smoothies provide children with all the necessary vitamins, proteins, and minerals. In addition, they are healthier than juices since the fiber content of the fruit or veggie is retained (1). Smoothies also provide vitamins, proteins, and minerals to your toddler.

Since smoothies can be customized according to your toddler’s preference, they are popular among children too. Read this post for some delectable and nutritious smoothie recipes for your toddlers.

20 Smoothie Recipes For Toddlers

Breakfast Smoothies

1. Peach pie smoothie

Peach pie smoothie for toddlers

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You will need:

  • 1 cup unsweetened fresh (or frozen) peaches
  • 10-12 mint leaves
  • 1tbsp honey
  • ¼tsp vanilla extract
  • ⅛tsp ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of ground nutmeg
  • Pinch of ground ginger
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½cup plain yogurt

How to prepare:

  • Put all the ingredients into the blender and blend until smooth
  • Serve fresh

2. Chocolate and peanut butter smoothie

Chocolate and peanut butter smoothie for toddlers

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You will need:

  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 frozen under-ripe bananas
  • 2tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 4 hazelnuts
  • 2tbsp natural peanut butter
  • 2tbsp honey

How to prepare:

  • Pour the milk into the blender
  • Slice the bananas and add them to the milk
  • Add cocoa powder, peanut butter, hazelnuts and honey
  • Blend until smooth

3. Green grinch smoothie

Green grinch smoothie for toddlers

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You will need:

  • 1-2 ripe bananas
  • 1 cup frozen mango
  • ½ cup frozen pineapple
  • 1-2 big handfuls of baby spinach
  • 2 cups milk of choice or Greek yogurt
  • Whipped cream
  • Fresh raspberries

How to prepare:

  • In the blender, combine milk, bananas, and spinach. Blend until smooth
  • Next, add frozen mango and frozen pineapple
  • Blend again until smooth.
  • Portion out the smoothie into glasses and top with whipped cream and raspberries
  • Serve fresh

4. Sunshine smoothie

Sunshine smoothie for toddlers

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You will need:

  • 1 cup mango (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 cup chopped pineapple (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 cup chopped papaya ( fresh or frozen)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 handful of ice

How to prepare:

  • Put all the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth
  • Serve immediately

Fruit Smoothies

5. Citrus smoothie

Citrus smoothie for toddlers

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You will need:

  • 2 medium oranges, peeled
  • 2 small bananas (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 cup mango chunks (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 cup almond or coconut milk
  • 1 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1-2tsp ground ginger (optional)

How to prepare:

  • Pour the milk of choice into the blender jar
  • Add peeled oranges and puree
  • Add bananas, mango, yogurt, and ginger (if desired) and blend until smooth
  • Serve fresh

6. Pink smoothie

Pink smoothie for toddlers

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You will need:

  • 2 cups almond milk (or any other milk of choice)
  • ½tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 1 medium banana
  • ⅛cup almond butter
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • ⅛cup honey

How to prepare:

  • Blend all the ingredients in a blender
  • Add more milk for a thinner consistency or ice cubes for a thicker consistency
  • Serve fresh

7. Blueberry muffin smoothie (with greens)

Blueberry muffin smoothie (with greens) for toddlers

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You will need:

  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
  • ½ cup banana (fresh or frozen)
  • ¼ cup raw oats
  • ¼tsp lemon zest
  • ½ cup ice cubes

How to prepare:

  • Add all ingredients into the blender in the order listed above.
  • Blend well for about two minutes or until smooth
  • Serve immediately

Protein Smoothies

8. Banana bread smoothie

Banana bread smoothie for toddlers

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You will need:

  • 1 medium ripe banana
  • 1tsp brown sugar or jaggery sugar
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ cup sweetened vanilla yogurt
  • 1tsp cinnamon
  • 1 dash of fresh nutmeg
  • 1 cup ice
  • 3 whole pecans shelled

How to prepare:

  • Pour the milk and yogurt into the blender
  • Add the remaining ingredients and blend until smooth
  • Serve in glasses and garnish with chopped pecans and a sprinkle of nutmeg

9. Pina colada

Pina colada smoothie for toddlers

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You will need:

  • 1 cup unsweetened pineapple juice
  • 2 cups of pineapple chunks
  • ⅓ cup coconut cream

How to prepare:

  • Place the pineapple juice, chunks of pineapple, and coconut cream in a blender
  • Blend until smooth
  • Serve fresh

10. Mango and sweet potato smoothie

Mango and sweet potato smoothie for toddlers

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You will need:

  • 1 small cooked sweet potato smashed
  • ½ cup mango chunks (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 ⅓ cup milk of choice
  • 1tbsp chia seeds
  • 1tbsp maple syrup
  • ½ cup ice cubes

How to prepare:

  • Add all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth
  • Pour out into glasses
  • Serve fresh

Weight Gain Smoothies

11. Vitamin fairy smoothie

Vitamin fairy smoothie for toddlers

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You will need:

  • 3 medium carrots
  • 1 apple
  • ½ melon
  • ½tsp linseed oil

How to prepare:

  • Take out the pulp from the melon
  • Cut the carrots and apple into small pieces
  • Blend all these ingredients in the blender
  • Add linseed oil before the last spin
  • You can also add a dash of lemon juice for an extra twist

12. Fruit and seed smoothie

Fruit and seed smoothie for toddlers

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You will need:

  • 1 cup milk of choice
  • 3tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1tsp nut butter or sunflower butter
  • ½ banana (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 cup ice cubes or ice chips
  • A smidge of vanilla extract

How to prepare:

  • Add all the ingredients into the blender and blend until smooth
  • Adjust the thickness of the smoothie according to your preference
  • Serve fresh

13. Oatmeal smoothie

Oatmeal smoothie for toddlers

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You will need:

  • ¼ cup oats
  • ¾ cup water
  • 1 large banana, sliced
  • 2 cups milk
  • Nuts of your choice ( be cautious if you have any nut allergies)
  • 2tbsp honey

How to prepare:

  • Take ¼ cup of oats in a thick bottomed pan and add ½ cup of water to it. Mix well
  • Let the oats cook for five to seven minutes or until it is thick and soft
  • Let it cool
  • Take a sliced banana, milk, and cooked oats in a blender and mix well.
  • Add honey and the nuts of your choice. Blend everything again until smooth.
  • Serve fresh

Fruit And Veggie Smoothies

14. Quinoa berry smoothie

Quinoa berry smoothie for toddlers

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You will need:

  • 300ml milk
  • 100g plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 banana
  • 250g berries of your choice
  • 100g cooked quinoa
  • 2tsp honey

How to prepare:

  • Place all the ingredients in the blender and blitz until smooth
  • Serve in glasses freshly

15. Spinach smoothie

Spinach smoothie for toddlers

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You will need:

  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 apple
  • 1 kiwi
  • 1 handful blueberries
  • 1tbsp chia seeds
  • ½ cup coconut milk of choice

How to prepare:

  • Place all the ingredients in a blender
  • Blend on high speed until smooth
  • Serve immediately

16. Cauliflower and blueberry smoothie

Cauliflower and blueberry smoothie for toddlers

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You will need:

  • 2 cups blueberries (fresh or frozen)
  • ¼ cup almond butter or peanut butter
  • 2 cups steamed then frozen cauliflower florets
  • 2 cups milk of choice
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 2tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 cup water

How to prepare:

  • Combine all ingredients in a blender
  • Blend on high until smooth
  • You can also add water to adjust the consistency
  • Pour in glasses and serve immediately

17. Strawberry cheesecake smoothie

Strawberry cheesecake smoothie for toddlers

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You will need:

  • 1 container of Greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup cottage cheese
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • ⅓ cup almond milk
  • 1tbsp honey

How to prepare:

  • Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. You can add more milk to adjust the consistency
  • Top with extra strawberries and Graham crackers and serve.

Iron-rich Smoothies

18. Beetroot smoothie

Beetroot smoothie for toddlers

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You will need:

  • 1 small beet, cooked
  • ½ cup raspberries
  • 2 dried apricots, soaked in water
  • 1tsp blackstrap molasses
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ avocado
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup milk of your choice

How to prepare:

  • Blend all ingredients in a blender to obtain a creamy consistency
  • Serve fresh

19. Green smoothie

Green smoothie for toddlers

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You will need:

  • 1 cup fresh spinach leaves
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 cup milk of your choice
  • ½tsp vanilla
  • 2 softened dates
  • 1tsp seed or nut butter
  • ½ cup ice cubes

How to prepare:

  • Add all ingredients to a blender and blend well.
  • Pour into your toddler’s favorite cup and serve

20. Avocado blueberry smoothie

Avocado blueberry smoothie for toddlers

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You will need:

  • ¼ cup avocado
  • ¼ cup blueberries
  • ½ banana
  • ¼ cup baby oatmeal or iron-fortified oats
  • ¼ cup whole milk yogurt
  • 1tbsp flaxseed meal
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2-3 ice cubes

How to prepare:

  • Puree all ingredients in a high-speed blender until smooth
  • Serve immediately

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can smoothies cause constipation in toddlers?

Smoothies contain blended fruits and vegetables, which offer a good amount of fiber along with vitamins, minerals, and protein to the child (1). However, the milk composition in smoothies may sometimes cause constipation in toddlers if not well-tolerated (2).

2. Can I offer my toddler a smoothie as a complete meal/snack?

You can give freshly blended smoothies with no added sugar as a complete snack/meal, especially if your toddler is a picky eater.

3. Do smoothies have too much-concentrated sugar?

Yes. Blended fruit smoothies with/without added sugar can have too much sugar if you add many fruits to the smoothie (1).

Try these tasty and healthy smoothie recipes at home and give them to your little one. They are sure to gulp it down at one go.

Key Pointers

  • This article lists healthy smoothie recipes rich in protein, iron, and fruits and veggies.
  • Blend yellow fruits, such as bananas, pineapples, and mangoes, to make a delicious sunshine smoothie for your child.
  • Prepare colorful smoothies, such as pink strawberry smoothies or yellow citrus smoothies.
  • The vitamin fairy smoothie, fruit and seed smoothie, and oatmeal smoothie are tasty and nutritious ways to help children gain weight.

References:

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  1. Are blended smoothies good for my child?
    https://www.healthychildren.org/English/tips-tools/ask-the-pediatrician/Pages/Are-blended-smoothies-good-for-my-child.aspx
  2. Seyed-Mohsen Dehghani et al.; (2012); The Role of Cow’s Milk Allergy in Pediatric Chronic Constipation: A Randomized Clinical Trial.
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3533146/
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