Getting this boy to eat vegetables is basically my worst enemy right now. I’ve tried it all. My mom keeps telling me he’ll grow out of it someday… but I still worry about it more than I probably should. Until I heard this awesome thing about children’s nutrition from a pediatrician — so they should know what they’re talking about right?
She said to look at a child’s nutrition on a weekly basis, instead of daily. So for example if during one day he’s only eaten greek yogurt and a fig bar, the next day apples and peanut butter, and the next one a smoothie with spinach, etc. Throughout the whole week he’s done pretty good!
She said to focus on having a good weekly balance with toddler meals rather than getting so worked up about the day to day being “perfect”. I wish I could remember where I read/heard this tip… but I can’t. I just know it’s helped me to calm down about the veggie strike ha.
So if anyone else out there is facing the same veggie drama, hang in there mama. It supposedly gets better. But until then we’ve been trying to sneak them into smoothies. This recipe is our favorite, simple green smoothie. Keane even calls it “ice cream” so it’s a keeper at our house.
Simple Green Smoothie
Makes enough for 2-3 people.
- 2 cups frozen banana slices
- 1 cup frozen mango
- 1-2 big handfuls of spinach
- 1 1/2 cups almond milk
- 2 tbs ground flax seed
- 1-2 tbs pure maple syrup or honey (optional, if using unsweetened almond milk)
Pour almond milk into the blender first, then add spinach, ground flax, frozen banana, and frozen mango. Blend until smooth. The consistency is a bit thick — like soft serve ice cream. That’s just the way we like them, so feel free to add more almond milk if you like your smoothies runny. Hope you like it as much as we do :)