Smoothie Love: How to Sneak Extra Nutrition Into Your Kids

by lydia on January 16, 2012

Feeding my boys a healthy breakfast every day can be a rather hectic experience. Considering that I have three different times they all need to get out the door, it doesn’t make breakfast time easy. However, breakfast is a priority to me, namely because I want them to start their day off right with some good nourishment. One way I have found to concur the need for convenience and nutrition is to make smoothies. Three out of four of my kids love smoothies. So I can make a big pitcher of smoothie in a few minutes flat. I always have supplies on hand to make a tasty smoothie anytime too.

As for the sneaking extra nutrition in, that is my favorite part. My kids really don’t take vitamins. My oldest will, but my younger three haven’t figured out how to swallow them yet. That’s okay because I’d rather they get their nutrients from food. That said, there are some great supplemental things I do like to do. I love to get more probiotic foods into my kids, so I use smoothies to do that. I add kefir in with the raw milk and they don’t even know it’s there. Often I will add some raw egg yolks, which is an awesome source of fat, vitamins A&D and much more. I’ve even been known to add some Great Lakes gelatin in their smoothies. They don’t even know it’s in there. Everything I add is something they likely would not just go ahead and eat of their own accord anyway. So I find this a great opportunity to squeeze a bit of added nutrition into them. I am always looking for ways to do this, believe me!

A few more great things about a morning smoothie, are; one, you can get something FRESH into them. I really like to start our day out with a fresh food, and fruit is the perfect ticket. I usually use berries, which is a great way to get some antioxidants and other vitamins, such as vitamin C. Additionally, I usually make a little bit extra and go ahead and turn them into popsicles (find fun popsicle molds here). The molds I use have separate individual molds so you can make a few at a time as needed.  Before I know it, I have a handful of popsicles for a healthy convenient snack later. And yes, we even eat them in the winter!

Smoothies Additions for Added Nourishment

1-2 pastured egg yolks per child (freeze the egg whites for another use)

1-2 tsp. of flaxseed oil per child

1/2 tsp. of Green Pastures Fermented cod liver oil per child

1-2 tsp. of Great Lakes Gelatin per child (blend for one full minute if adding) -(buy it here)

1/2 tsp. Acerola powder per child

1/8 cup of raw milk kefir per child

Probiotic capsules emptied or powder (read your labels for serving size)

1 tsp. raw honey per child

1/4 – 1/2 tsp. bee pollen (start low if you haven’t use bee pollen before) per child

20 drops Concentrace mineral drops per child (buy it here)

A teaspoon or two of chia seeds per child

A capsule of zinc 50 mg or less per child

A capsule of magnesium 400 mg or less per child

1/4 of an avocado per child

Up to 1 Tbsp. coconut oil per child (unfortunately my kids don’t like coconut oil)

Kefir grains, start with a 1/2 tsp and build up over time

Desiccated liver capsules emptied (use your discretion here, you don’t want to make it unpalatable and need to add a lot of honey to mask it)

For the very brave, 1/2 ounce raw liver or 1/2 a liver cube per child

Basic Smoothie Recipe
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Recipe type: Beverage
Serves: 1
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup raw milk, homemade yogurt, kefir (if they like it), coconut milk or coconut water
  • 1 cup organic berries (I use frozen)
  • Any additions you prefer - I like to do at least one fat, one probiotic and at least one vitamin or mineral addition
Instructions
  1. Place ingredients in a blender (I use a Vitamix) and blend on high until smooth with no chunks.
  2. Add more milk to create the desired consistency.
  3. We like ours very thick! This recipe is for one serving.

 Here is the Vitamix I use.

I have heard of people putting wheat germ, oats, and even grains into smoothies. I personally can’t recommend that. First off, there is the issue of phytic acid in the grains if not soaked. Secondly, I think that too much fiber like that is hard on your gut, especially if there is already gut damage. I do not think wheat germ is a health food, period. I never add sugar to my kid’s smoothies, only a touch of raw honey if I think it needs it. Most often I don’t add any raw honey and they like it just fine. I also notice there is a trend of green smoothies. I don’t recommend adding hardy raw greens into smoothies, they really need to be cooked. Spinach is very high in oxalic acid, which can be very hard on a leaky gut as well.

I am passing these tips along to other harried morning moms of multiple kids! Do you already make smoothies for breakfast? What healthy things do you add?

This post contributed to Monday Mania.

 

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{ 5 comments }

erin January 16, 2012 at 5:26 pm

Great suggestions! I also do spirulina.

Tom January 16, 2012 at 6:58 pm

I use our grass fed whey protein and add a raw seaweed supplement called Emerald Sea. This way I know they are getting all the nutrients they need since you never know what they are going to decide to eat or not eat throughout the day.

lydia January 16, 2012 at 7:01 pm

TOM! I am so glad you commented! I finally used the whey protein you sent me and it was great!

SJ July 29, 2012 at 10:50 am

Tom what brand is your whey and where do I find it?

Angie October 15, 2012 at 4:18 pm

Great post! I nearly always add most of the add-ins you mention. However, I had a question about the greens. I never use greens as well, because of the oxalic acid and goitrogens (I have low thyroid already). So I’m curious…why is the “fresh pressed greens juice” OK, but the greens blended into the smoothie not OK? Doesn’t the green juice contain the same things?

When I can stomach it (being pregnant) I add a quality spirulina powder for the extra “green” nutrition.

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