I’ve been making smoothies for Oaks since he was– probably 11 months old. I make them nice chocolatey, peanut buttery and just flat out delicious, BUT I do hide a little something something in there, thats nutritious for the growing boy, and so healthy, and guess what? He totally can’t tell. BINGO. I get a lot of DM’s about what I feed Oaks and how he eats so healthy. Well, first and foremost, Oaks is just as picky as the next toddler. Sometimes I don’t know how the kids survives everyday, haha NO NO calm down, joking. BUT jokes aside, he really is a pretty healthy eater. Number 1 rules I’ve always followed, NEVER give up offering them healthy foods. I’ve offered them since the beginning and he wasn’t to found. It takes time, but eventually he’ll eat it. Remember, they have just tiny bellies, so they don’t need a lot to keep full. They will stop when they’re full.
Also, another rule I follow is TRY, I caps “try” because this is a hard one in times of desperation haha. Try not to give so many snacks. BECAUSE they’ll eat more at breakfast, lunch and dinner. If I give Oaks to many snacks throughout the day, he won’t eat actual meals. And we have cookies, cheerios, fruit snacks etc.. in our home for him. I want him to grow up with those things too. I don’t let him eat them all day long, just like I wouldn’t. I teach him to be healthy, all while teaching him how to balance these foods, just like I have.
The TWO BIGGEST TRICKS, on how I get him to drink the smoothie and LOVE the smoothie, are by….
MAKING IT FUN!
NUMBER 1– We make the smoothie together. I let him pour everything in the blender and start the blender, and I’ll keep telling him how yummy it looks and “this is Oaks smoothie!” and he gets SO EXCITED.
NUMBER 2– I make my smoothie afterwards to drink with him. We play this game while sitting at his mini table, where we drink out of our straws at the same time. It has to be out of a straw. I’ll say “Okay, lets take a drink!” and for some reason he LOVES this game and loves drinking it together. We both look at each other and I’ll make silly expressions (mostly with my eyes- because I’m drinking) and he thinks its the funnest game ever. I don’t know, it might just be Oaks, but I swear it works like a charm. But find what your little one likes and make it fun!
When you make things fun and a game, they love and enjoy it so much more! Oaks knows now that he loves his “Yummy Chocolate Smoothie!”
Alright, scroll down for the delicious smoothie for toddlers! Honestly, you can keep this for yourself too! It’s really good.
BLENDER / OAKS TABLE SET
HOW TO MAKE OAKS SMOOTHIE
Blend all of the following ingredients in a blender..
- 1/2 Cup Water
- 3 Ice Cubes
- 1 Scoop Chocolate Plant Based Protein (I like Orgain, because I drink this everyday- no need to go buy a new one just for them)
- 1/2 Banana
- 1 Tbsp Peanut Butter
- Handful of greens ( I do kale or spinach)
- A toddler sized handful of Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips (Honestly, this wasn’t a part of it, but Oaks threw them in there when we were shooting it haha, but it’s good with that too!)
AND BLEND IT UP! So easy and good. Let me know if you guys liked this and if your kids did too!
BTW- I know this blender is very pricey, BUT let me just tell you. We’ve, or I should say, TJ has had this blender for 10 years. It’s a little bit beat up, but it works like a CHAMP. Not once, has there been a problem with it. So it’s totally worth the splurge, because in the end you are actually saving from replacing blenders! It blends everything, dips, sauces, etc..
Hope you enjoyed this post, let me know if you’ve got any questions! Open to chat with you at all times. Send me a comment here, DM, email.. LOVE YOU GUYS.