When the alarm clock goes off and you’ve got a family to get out the door, a screaming child who refuses to eat is the last thing you need. So how do you give them a healthy, filling breakfast that they will love? Step forward the healthy breakfast smoothie: the sneaky way to feed them fruit and vegetables.
Breakfast smoothies aren’t just for hyper-fit gym types or raw-food healthy types. They aren’t even just reserved for those on a diet. Having a smoothie for breakfast is a great way to start the day. Smoothies are delicious and nutritious – especially for the little ones in your life.
Healthy breakfast smoothies are an easy way to add fruit and vegetables to your children’s diet. It can be really hard to encourage kids to eat those foods that you know are good for them but which they refuse to eat. Blended smoothies are a great hiding place for all those kinds of healthy ingredients that they wouldn’t dream of eating in any other form. From kale to courgettes and spinach to strawberries, pretty much anything tastes good in a smoothie – kids will be begging for more without even realising how healthy their breakfast is.
Fruit smoothies are also full of natural sweetness, so you don’t have to decide between something healthy and something that sweet-toothed kids will enjoy. No more trying to cajole kids into eating muesli or toast or feeling guilty for feeding them pop tarts or sugary cereal on more difficult days. The fruit and vegetables in smoothies combine the sweetness your kids will love with the nutrients they need to stay healthy.
We all know that fruit and vegetables are good for you. Feeding your kids healthy breakfast smoothies first thing in the morning will provide them with the vitamins they need to grow, the energy they need to keep them going all morning and the nutrients they need to help their brains develop and learn.
Easy, Breezy and Fun
Making smoothies for breakfast might sound daunting, but it doesn’t need to be difficult. In fact, it can be easily incorporated into your normal morning routine.
However, one thing to be aware of is ensuring that your smoothies are balanced and healthy. It can be easy to throw everything to hand into the blender and end up with an imbalanced breakfast full of calories, fat and sugar. Measuring ingredients and following a healthy recipe can help to avoid this and create something healthy that your kids will love.
Alternatively, some companies offer healthy ready-made smoothies that can be delivered to your door. These are a great option for fast, easy breakfasts, especially as someone else has already done the thinking for you.
Whether you decide to make them yourself or not, breakfast smoothies are a delicious, fun and healthy way to calm the toddler tantrums in the mornings. Feed them something that they will love.