Hide your kids, hide your wife! No wait! Hide the veggies in your smoothie. If your family is picky, they will love this delicious drink that tastes like a fruit shake, but is a healthy smoothie.
Let’s face it – getting kids to eat their vegetables has been a problem for parents since the dawn of time (exaggeration). You know what I’m talking about…that uphill battle of sitting down at the table and pulling out every strategic move to try and convince your kid to eat their veggies. If you’re anything like me, you probably had your veggies that you liked, and the ones that you absolutely hated just like your kids do now.
But since we’ve grown and have gained oh-so much wisdom as adults, we know the importance of working vegetables into your everyday meals, especially for your kids. So I’ve created the perfect blend for this healthy smoothie that I call Hide Your Veggies!
With ingredients like delicious beets, tangy oranges, strawberries, chia seeds, and carrots, your kids will get a variety of fruits and veggies perfect for starting the day right, or even a great afternoon snack.
What is it that really makes this smoothie so healthy for your kids? Well, you might be surprised, but it’s the smallest ingredient in the recipe that makes the biggest difference – the chia seeds!
Chia seeds contain a huge amount of nutrients in their tiny little shape. In fact, there are 11 grams of fiber and 4 grams of protein in a 1 ounce serving of chia seeds. What’s more, chia seeds contain several nutrients that are important for your and your child’s bone health, including: calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and protein.
Needless to say, this healthy smoothie is a blessing in disguise – literally! So go ahead, bust out those veggies and put them to good use. Your kids will love the sweet flavor of the smoothie, and you’ll love knowing that they’re getting their needed intake of veggies.
Sweet beets are a surprising (and mega-healthy!) addition to this morning shake
- 1/2 cup drained canned beets
- 1/2 orange, peeled
- 3/4 cup fresh or frozen strawberries
- 1 tbsp chia seeds, soaked in water for 20 min
- 1/2 cup carrot juice
- 1 cup ice
- Place all the ingredients in the blender and process until smooth.
Per 12-oz serving: 0.5g sat, 125mg sodium, 29g carb, 0 chol, 3g protein, 7g fiber
Recipe Tara Bench & Hilary Merzbacher
Originally published in Ladies’ Home Journal May 2012
Photography Romulo Yanes
Food Styling Christine Albano
Prop Styling Megan Hedgpeth