This is a perfect breakfast for a busy morning and if you involve your toddler in “making” the smoothie he will be much more likely to eat it! Blueberries have tons of antioxidants and protect against heart disease and diabetes, all while improving brain function. Spinach is rich in iron and bananas pack a powerful dose of antioxidants. If your kid has seasonal allergies like mine, incorporating local honey into their diet (as long as they are old enough) can help battle runny noses and congestion. Protein and calcium in milk provide fuel for the brain and body. And cinnamon? Some studies show it helps regulate blood sugar which can help prevent the all to common mid morning meltdown.
Pre measure the ingredients and let your toddler help you pour them into the blender*.
Add all ingredients to the blender except 4 strawberries.
Allow your toddler to push the button (or flip the switch) to turn the blender on and off.
Open the blender top a few times and allow your toddler to add a strawberry
Get a spoon and ask your toddler to taste the smoothie. If he approves, pour it into a cup with a lid and straw.
For added fun, rinse your blender and pour a small amount of dish soap in the blender along with about 1 cup of water. Ask your toddler to turn the blender on again and voila! You have a bubbly clean blender!
*If you have a kid that will be weirded out by spinach in the smoothie, mix everything but the banana, blueberry and strawberry together before you ask for his help. Then ask your toddler to help you add the fruit and blend. Also, you should be warned that this smoothie has a greenish color. If this will be a problem for your toddler, you can either a) add cocoa to make it brown (make sure it’s at least 70% cocoa and not processed with alkali/dutch processed which removes the flavanoids) or b) pour it into a dark colored cup so your kiddo can’t see it’s green.
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