Toddler Smoothie Recipe


Toddler Smoothie Recipe

I started making fruit smoothies for Penelope when she was about 8 months, maybe even a little younger, I can’t remember. Note to self for next baby: write shit like that down!!

My love for smoothies has just gotten deeper over time.  They are a powerhouse and workhorse in my arsenal for making sure Penelope gets all her nutritional needs met in a given day. As she gets pickier and pickier, navigating her way through toddlerhood and loving the realization that she can say NO! To EVERYTHING!  She used to eat anything I put in front of her; pickles, salmon, green peppers, whatever. She still eats well now, she just eats only certain foods. And it changes every day. One day she is a freak about bananas and peanut butter and the next she acts like it’s poison and gives me a look of how DARE I offer such a thing to her.

She gets a full mason jar of smoothie per day. Sometimes a little more, sometimes less. I give it to her throughout the day. As a snack or a part of her meal, depending on her mood. No mater what I put in it she loves it. She has never turned her smoothie down, Thank You Jesus and Knock On Wood.

As for the recipe, it varies from week to week. I play with the combination of fruit to give her variation, or because something was on sale, but I always have a base of strawberries and blueberries, her all time favorite fruit, and then add whatever else I feel like.

I mix a full frozen bag of organic strawberries, a full bag of blueberries, then like half a bag each of two other types of fruit. Then I add a half bag of veggies, like frozen peas and usually a banana or two. One mom I know adds a bottle or two of pureed green veggie baby food. I have another friend who puts whole kale or spinach in hers and another puts spirulina in hers.  You could probably get away with putting a tablespoon or two of a powder veggies supplement.

When I blend it together, I add a tiny bit of fresh juice that I juice myself. Before I had a juicer, I bought the best organic juice I could get. I put in just enough to help with the blending and to give a little sweetness to the smoothie to make sure she eats it. One of  friends puts raw honey to add sweetness.

Then I pour the big batch of smoothie into individual jam sized mason jars. I label the top with the date and put them in the freezer.  As I go through the week, I pull them out and defrost it the fridge.


Now comes the really nutritious part of the smoothie!

Once the mason jar has defrosted, I pour half of the smoothie into another clean mason jar. So I have two mason jars half full of the pure fruit smoothie.

Then I add one raw egg yolk. Yes I said raw.  When she is older, I will probably start adding two egg yolks.

Then I add fresh, raw yogurt, that I make myself. When I first started making her smoothies, I added coconut milk kefir and then later I used raw cow milk kefir. And only in the last month have I been doing yogurt instead of kefir. I think she prefers the taste of yogurt.

Then I add more fresh juice, usually spinach-apple. This juice has very little apple, and mostly spinach.

By the time I add the egg yolk, the yogurt, and spinach juice the mason jar is filled back up again.

Adding the raw egg yolk and the yogurt add lots of protein to balance out the sugar of the fruit, so her blood sugar doesn’t spike after drinking it. With the egg yolk and yogurt and spinach, you couldn’t ask for a more perfect snack or accompaniment to a meal.  And by not freezing the egg yolk, yogurt and spinach, she is getting tons of raw, fresh ingredients chock full of important enzymes, good bacteria and nutrients.

Now, go make your tot a smoothie!  Oh, and I drink some too!  This is a perfect snack for any mom, especially a trying-to-conceive, pregnant, or nursing mom.


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Comments

  1. This is wonderful thank you! Thanks for the info on raw eggs too.

  2. Delicious! I just got done making a batch of these to go in the freezer. Thanks for the inspiration.

  3. Bumber's Bumblings says:

    Thank you so much!!

  4. AWESOME! Now I'm very excited to see that RAW YOGURT recipe :)

  5. How is raw egg yolk safe? Doesn't it inhibit absorption of iron ?

    • It depends on where you source your eggs from. I only use eggs from local farmers that pasture and take very good care of their chickens. I am not sure about the iron, but I don’t think so.

  6. with all of the fruit and juice in the smoothies do i have to worry about diarrhea? or maybe that is something their systems adjust too?

  7. At what age did you start adding the raw egg??? At 8 months when you started making them or did you wait until a year?

  8. Oh, I forgot to mention that your raw egg yoke post link isn’t working due to the switch from blogspot to wordpress. I tried searching for it in your search box and it still isn’t coming up. Hopefully it will when the kinks are worked out-wanted to let you know just in case.

  9. Great idea! Thank you for sharing this with us all.

    A couple of questions…

    First, how did you serve this to Penelope when you started giving this to her at 8 months?

    Second, my little guy is EBF. Can I add expressed breast milk to the smoothies?

    Finally, do you have any suggestions for serving this to a bottle and sippy cup hating 7 month old?

  10. Hi, my toddler is diary free. What could I sub the yogurt for?

  11. Laura Bickmore says:

    Hey, I have the pickiest 15-month old. I have been mixing pureed veggies and parts of my green smoothie in his milk since he was very young, since eating has always been a challenge for us due to cleft lip/cleft palate. It seems my lil’ guy doesn’t really care what I put in his bottle, so long as it is warm and tastes some-what like milk.

    SO my question is, how thick are these smoothies? Does your little girl just drink them out of a cup now? Did she used to drink them out of a sippy cup? My boy can’t suck, so i have cut holes in his sippy-cups so water just slowly leaks out. Unfortunately that means half the time he just dumps water out and plays with it, which is why I am hesitant to put anything but water in a sippy cup for him and still use his special bottle.

  12. When you say that you add spinach-apple juice to the smoothie, are you talking about a juice you make at home, or something store bought. If you make it, how much spinach and apple are we talking? I have a juicer and would love to use it again. I have only used it once because the juice I made, made me sick. Perhaps I shouldn’t have juiced kale and beets for breakfast Day 1! LOL. Needless to say I’m a little nervous to juice again…

    • Yes, the juice is something I make at home with my juicer. I usually do a huge container of spinach and one green apple. I can’t handle veggie juice without some sort of sweetener. I have done lemon and cucumber before and really like that as well.

  13. I am going to start doing this! I just make the jump to raw milk this week! I cant wait to make yogurt with it! Do you have a good use for all of those extra egg whites?

  14. Do you fill your jars full before freezing or leave room for expansion? My husband has me freaked out about these busting in the freezer! Thanks!

  15. Hi, I was wondering about the cholesterol from the egg yolks. Have you considered or researched that aspect and any effects it could have on children?

    • I’m guessing that this comment was made under the assumption that cholesterol is bad for you. In reality, cholesterol and other fats are critical for brain development and cell growth. A low fat diet is the worst well intentioned thing you could ever do to a child. Cholesterol does not clog arteries or contribute to diabetes or any of that other ridiculousness. In fact, I just read in a book that children’s brains have been shrinking over the past several decades since low fat diets became the norm. We are in fact going backwards in evolution because of fat phobia.

  16. KateElizabeth says:

    What’s your process of making yogurt at home like? I am super interested in doing this! I see you provided a link to a website for starter kits- would you recommend any specific product for beginners?

    • It’s pretty easy. I just follow the directions that come with the starter culture, there are lots of real food blog tutorials about it though, just google homemade yogurt and lots will come up. I have a cheap yogurt maker, but you can also do it in your slow cooker. Cultures for Health is a great business and resource to get you started.

  17. Tara Cerfus says:

    I’m unsure of what/if I can give my 8 month old fresh juice? Is there a certain age that they can start having a little fresh vegetable juice?

  18. Hi! …love what you’re doing here for your daughter. Good job mama! At what age would to bump up the egg yolk from 1 to 2?

    • Thanks Stacy! I think I bumped it up around 18 months, but you could do it based on size/needs of your kid. They can eat as many eggs as they want a day, with pastured eggs and the rest of the diet being healthy, no need to worry about high cholesterol.

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