It’s important to vary the veggies and fruit your toddler is eating to make sure they get all the various vitamins and minerals they need.
Kale is a great thing for them to have. It scores a perfect 1000 on the ANDI scale, which is the Aggregate Nutrient Density Index – basically a measure of how much nutrition per calorie something has.
It can be a challenge to get kids eat it sometimes but if you include it in something fun like a blended smoothie, it’s a lot easier. My green creamsicle, (which I make for you on my YouTube Cooking Channel!) is a yummy treat! I like to add chia or nut butter for protein and fiber but you can easily omit that. My daughter loves the idea that she’s drinking a ‘creamsicle.’
One Orange has over 100% of your daily requirement of Vitamin C, as well as a ton of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds. Using it in a smoothie like this, instead of drinking just the juice, also keeps the fiber intact.
- 1 cup packed kale
- 1 orange, peel removed
- ¼ cup water
- ¼ cup coconut milk
- 1 cup ice
- 1 tbsp chia
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Optional – vanilla protein powder
- Optional – sunbutter or nut butter
- Optional – banana
- Throw everything in a Vitamix or blender