Smoothies are quick and easy to make, portable, hydrating, and a great way to introduce fiber and superfoods to a toddler’s diet.
This Tropical Dreamsicle Smoothie tastes so good — and is good for you, too — with omega-3s, protein, fiber, healthy fats, and immune-boosting vitamins like vitamin C and A. No sugar added! The smoothie gets its sweetness naturally from the fruit — and coconut water, if using. A small pinch of salt brings out the flavors and sweetness.
For ages 1 and up
Servings: 2 (approximately 4 ounces each)
Prep time: 5 minutes
Difficulty level: Easy
- ¾ cup of filtered water (or coconut water)
- ½ teaspoon of chia seeds
- 2 scoops of Healthy Times Organic Toddler Formula
- 1 teaspoon of shredded unsweetened coconut (or you could use nut butter, such as almond, cashew or sunflower seed butter)
- 1-2 baby carrots (or 1 tablespoon of carrot baby food)
- ½ of a small frozen banana
- ½ cup of frozen organic mangos (or peaches)
- Small pinch of unprocessed salt, such as pink Himalayan or Real Salt (just a pinch — you don’t want a salty smoothie!)
- Ice (if desired, to thicken)
- Put the water, chia seeds and formula into the blender. Blend on low setting for a few seconds to incorporate everything. Allow to sit for 3 minutes to soften and hydrate the chia seeds and formula.
- Add remaining ingredients and blend well until completely smooth (no chunks are left).
- If you desire a thicker consistency, add 1-2 ice cubes and blend until ice is completely incorporated.
- Pour into a glass or sippy cup and enjoy! Pour extra into a Popsicle mold and freeze for a smoothie pop later.
A nutritionist and the author of The Perfect Metabolism Plan, Sara Vance is a passionate advocate for natural approaches to health. She regularly offers cooking and group classes and has developed a series of online courses to empower people to use foods to balance their metabolism and overall health. As a mom and a specialist in childhood nutrition, Sara loves working with kids, speaking frequently at school assemblies and leading children’s workshops. Sara is a frequent guest on the Fox 5 San Diego show, CBS Los Angeles, KUSI and CW 6. She has contributed to Delicious Living, Mind Body Green and Refinery29. Sara has also filmed videos for eHow and created a Kids Yoga series for GaiamTV.
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