Smoothies can be a great meal or snack option for babies and toddlers—since they are one of the easiest ways to pack in a lot of nutrition in a form that’s easy for them to eat.

The one thing that I’ve discovered when making smoothies for little ones is that it’s almost always better to keep things simple.

You don’t need to add any fancy ingredients or protein powders, or to develop any complicated flavors.

All you need is a few whole ingredients and a blender to serve up a really yummy smoothie.

We love this simple green smoothie served in a small cup with a straw, a sippy cup, in a pouch, or even frozen into a freezer pop.


Try it as an easy snack or alongside toast, crackers, or a whole grain muffin as a simple meal.

Simple Green Smoothie

Frozen bananas give the smoothie a creamy, naturally sweet base, though you can make this with a fresh banana as long as the other fruit is frozen.

It’s easy to add whatever berries or fruit you have on hand, so customize it for your kiddo.

Makes 2 toddler-sized servings.

1 cup almond milk (or dairy milk or coconut)

1 banana, sliced and frozen

½ cup frozen pineapple, strawberries, or mango

2 handfuls spinach

1. Place all ingredients into blender and blend on high for 1 minute or until all the ingredients are combined and very smooth. Add milk if needed to thin out for a sippy cup.

Variations: Add 1 teaspoon chia seeds or flaxseeds for additional fat, protein and fiber.

Use baby kale instead of spinach.

Freeze into popsicle molds.

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