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Any mom of a picky eater will tell you it can be very challenging to find foods that kids will actually eat, especially as older kids head back to school and schedules get more hectic.
I’ve been lucky that most of my kids have been fairly fearless eaters, devouring almost anything I put in front of them without thinking twice. The only problem with that is it has made dealing with my picky eaters that much more challenging.
I find myself saying all the time, “Why won’t you eat that? Your brother LOVES that!”.
As someone who genuinely loves food (probably a little too much) I just don’t relate sometimes.
Smoothie bowls are all the rage right now and they are super-fast to make so I’ve made them my go-to meal for picky toddlers on those mornings when we just don’t have a lot of time. I suspect we’ll be enjoying a lot of smoothie bowls as my older kids head back to school and we need some quick solutions in the morning.
Since toddlers don’t care about what is trendy, most of the time we just call these “breakfast ice cream”. Once they hear that they are usually on board, no matter what I put into it.
My twins are fairly good eaters, but these days they are just so busy that I worry about whether or not they are getting the nutrients they need.
The other night one of them ate pickles for dinner. Nothing else. Just pickles.
This product is available at Walmart or Walmart.com. I grabbed mine online at Walmart.com (because with twin toddlers I never have time to go to the store anymore).
Be sure and check out the Ibotta offer available right now that will let you earn $3.00 with the purchase of any size of Go & Grow by Similac® Mix-Ins™.
The Go & Grow by Similac® Mix-Ins™ are my favorite. Each single-serving packet contains protein, fiber, and essential vitamins and minerals without changing the texture of food. You can mix it into just about any types of food so your toddler gets added nutrition, even when you are running short on time.
I’m planning on trying these out mixed into pancakes, applesauce, and all kinds of our other quick breakfast go-tos when school starts back up.
What I really love about these toddler smoothies is you can mix in whatever you have on hand and whatever your toddler needs.
One of my twins is tiny so I try and get her as much protein and healthy fats as I can. She loves avocado but getting her to eat more than a few bites in a sitting can be a challenge. When I blend a full avocado into a smoothie bowl she gobbles it up without complaint.
How are Toddler Smoothie Bowls different than regular smoothie Bowls?
You are probably wondering how toddler smoothie bowls are any different than the ones you enjoy yourself. I stick to a few rules when making toddler smoothie bowls:
- Make it nice and thick. This is not a runny smoothie that you can drink. These are thick like ice cream so toddlers can scoop them up easily with a spoon.
- Use toddler friendly toppings. Most smoothie bowls are topped with nuts and seeds. For toddlers, that doesn’t work well. Not only are they a choking hazard but many toddlers don’t like to mix textures. I stick with things like bananas, ripe avocado, chocolate chips (if your toddler needs a little incentive), sliced strawberries, etc.
- Avoid colors that stain. This is just a personal preference, but when my toddlers eat I know it is going to end up everywhere, especially on something like a smoothie bowl. If I’m feeling brave I’ll just strip them down and let them eat them outside. If not, I stick to colors that I’m not too worried about staining their clothes. This Avocado banana smoothie bowl is perfect for that.
Ready to make the smoothie bowl?
- 1/2 banana
- 1/2 avocado
- 1/2 peach, peeled and sliced
- 1/2 cup ice (Add more if needed. You want this to be nice and thick.)
- 1/4 cup milk
- Use one packet of Go & Grow by Similac® Food Mix-Ins™ for one serving (or ½ cup of food)
Add the banana, avocado, peach, ice, and milk to the blender. Mix well.
Add ice until your mixture is nice and thick. This should be the same thickness as ice cream.
When you get the thickness you want, stir in one packet of Go & Grow by Similac® Food Mix-Ins™ to ½ cup of food.
Top with any toppings you’d like. We used avocado, sliced bananas, and mini chocolate chips.
This will stay nice and thick even as it melts thanks to the avocado so you won’t have too much of a runny drippy mess.
So what’s the verdict?
It was a huge hit at my house.
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