Hidden Veggie Smoothies Your Kids Will Actually Eat

Hidden Veggie SmoothiesDo you have problems getting your kids to eat their veggies? I do, unfortunately. There are some my daughter will eat including broccoli and carrots and corn, but my son will not eat a single veggie unless it comes in the form of a pouch.

To get them both to eat a few more veggies in their diets, including some neither one of them will touch, I created three smoothies that are perfect for breakfast or for an afternoon pick me up. If your kids are on a diet of nuggets, granola bars and air too, try these recipes at home. They all make about two to three servings.

Strawberry Banana Surprise

This is one not only my kids will eat but I will eat it too. In fact, I started drinking this while I photographed these, which is why in the photo with all three of them I hid it in back. It’s half gone.

Orange bell pepper generally has a mild taste when compared to other peppers and it is available year round in the grocery store. According to Livestrong.com, one orange pepper contains 190 percent of the daily recommended vitamin C intake for an adult and vitamin C makes it easier for you to absorb iron. Recently, we found out that my son is severely iron deficient (because he refuses to eat any chicken even in nugget form) so we have to give him supplements.

Orange peppers also include antioxidants, vitamin B-6 and two grams of fiber in each pepper.




Now, this won’t taste exactly like a strawberry banana smoothie so don’t tell your kids that’s what it is. They’ll see right through you. The texture of this is different than a straight fruit smoothie and if you don’t get enough banana in you will be able to taste the pepper.

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups of frozen strawberries and bananas
  • 5 – 2 cups of vanilla almond milk
  • ½ cup of ice
  • ½ cup of strawberry Greek yogurt
  • ½ an orange bell pepper

There are no steps to follow here since you basically chop all the ingredients and dump them in. However, I would use the liquidly setting on your blender to make sure you get the pepper pieces as small as possible.

You can use fresh fruit that you have frozen, but I always use pre-chopped, frozen fruit when I make smoothies. For some reason, the fact that it’s frozen taste better to me and the fact that I don’t have to chop it is a time saver.

Tropical Hurricane Smoothie

This smoothie combines pineapple, mango, banana and carrots. Carrots are one of the veggies that my kids will eat, at least they will eat them raw. It never hurts to get more of them into their diets though.

Carrots are a good source of fiber and antioxidants. They include vitamins A, C K and B8 and are a good source of beta-carotene, iron (Fabulous!), copper and manganese, according to organicfacts.net. Eating carrots on a regular basis is said to reduce cholesterol, help your immune system and digestive health.

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Hey Mom, you'll enjoy these too!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of frozen pineapple, mangos and bananas
  • 5 – 2 cups of unsweetened, vanilla almond milk
  • ½ cup of ice
  • ½ cup of mango or pineapple Greek yogurt
  • 1 whole carrot, shredded





Again, make sure you use the liquidly setting on your blender. You want to make sure that the carrot is a chopped up as possible or it can add a texture to the smoothie. While it’s not specifically a bad texture, it is different and I know some kids have issues with textures.

Berry Berry Good Smoothie

I saved the best for last! This one is actually my favorite and uses kale. Kale is a leafy green that I love, but my kids won’t touch it with a 10-foot pole. You can’t taste it at all!

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Kale is again high in iron and low in calories. It also has antioxidants, vitamins A, C and K, and plenty of other good nutrients according to WebMD that give it the dark, green color.

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups of frozen berries – raspberries, blueberries and black berries
  • 5 – 2 cups of unsweetened, vanilla almond milk
  • ½ cup of ice
  • 1 cup of kale
  • ½ cup of blueberry Greek yogurt

I hope these help you squeeze a few more nutrients into your littles, and maybe you too!

Happy eating, friends!


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  • Dawn McAlexander January 11, 2017 04.22 pm

    I don’t know about the kids, but this mama would like these smoothies. I am a huge smoothie fan! I will be trying these.

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    • Everyday Mom Rachel January 11, 2017 09.26 pm

      Yes! I loved these.

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  • robin masshole mommy January 11, 2017 05.30 pm

    I have been hiding veggies in my kids food for nearly 12 years now. It’s brilliant and works like a charm 🙂

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  • Karen Yannacio Morse January 11, 2017 07.16 pm

    So sneaky about that orange pepper! I had no clue – and really excited to add that into my smoothie. I love the strawberry banana ones, so this will be a great experiment for me!

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  • kitstanwood January 11, 2017 10.53 pm

    I must be a 26 year old kid because this really spoke to me and hit home hahahah. I can’t wait to try all of these!!! I love that you added the benefits of eating all of these nutritious foods!

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  • Heather L. January 11, 2017 11.52 pm

    I’ve seen the kale and carrot additions, but I would have never thought about peppers. Brilliant! I’m fortunate that my daughter has always loved veggies, so we didn’t have to worry about the hiding thing. I think everyone can benefit from adding veggies whether or not we like them. 🙂

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  • Terri Steffes January 12, 2017 01.17 am

    I love these smoothies. I always told my kids what was happening, like when I put spinach in their banana bread and they always knew up front. They also knew that it tasted really good.

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  • lovelysilvia January 12, 2017 03.27 am

    Omg yum! All of these smoothie sound amazing! I will definitely have to make these for me! Haha! They would even trick me into thinking there were no vegetables.

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  • Debra January 12, 2017 04.44 am

    Yes please, I have a few kids who really won’t eat anything healthy at all but I can get them to drink a smoothie sometimes so I am totally going to try these! Thanks

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  • Kiwi January 12, 2017 08.28 am

    I really love smoothies. I dont have kids so I am gonna use this list for myself. I can hide the veggies from myself lol.

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  • Jeanine Macintosh January 12, 2017 04.49 pm

    These all look and sound so delicious. I need to have more smoothies. I dont drink nearly enough of them and they’d really help me get everything I really need in my diet!

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  • annalisanuttall January 12, 2017 06.56 pm

    Yum these look amazing i love fruit smoothies. xx

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  • Logan January 12, 2017 07.05 pm

    These looks great! My kids love smoothies and I always sneak little spinach or kale in them! haha Our moms secret! 😉

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  • Kecia | Online Income Mom January 12, 2017 09.20 pm

    I’m thankful my two boys will drink smoothies. It’s one of the best ways to get my picky 6 year old to ingest veggies!

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  • Brittany January 13, 2017 03.21 am

    My kids love smoothies and I try to sneak as much as I can in them. I never thought about adding orange bell pepper and I didn’t know they had so much Vitamin C!

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  • reesann723 January 13, 2017 02.46 pm

    My kids and I LOVE smoothies! It’s such a quick and easy way to get fruits and veggies in and the kids think it is a treat!

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  • almostindianwife January 13, 2017 04.08 pm

    My kids and I have been making a ton of smoothies lately! I’m trying to hide as many good things in them as i can think of!

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  • Megan mccoig January 13, 2017 09.56 pm

    I love veggies in a smoothie. They are so much better for you that way. A good way to get a kid to consume them to, however I would’ve never had a smoothie as a kid!

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  • Debbie-jean Lemonte January 15, 2017 05.19 am

    I am so here for this. There’s nothing I hate most than a veggie smoothie and I can taste the VEGGIES. Ugh! Thanks for the great recipes. Guess what my food planning looks like this week? Haha

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  • stylesprinter January 15, 2017 02.31 pm

    I love veggie smoothies too so if you don’t mind I’ll be using this amazing recipe for myself. Those smoothies look so yummy and fresh!!

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  • rosepetalsinthesea January 15, 2017 08.09 pm

    Oddly, I don’t really have to hide any veggies since both of my children love vegetables. Strange kids! 😉 They love smoothies, too, so I’ll have to try out some of these recipes sometime. – HilLesha

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  • Adaleta Avdić January 16, 2017 05.20 pm

    I absolutely love smoothies and juices, mainly because you throw something in there you may not normally eat and it tastes fine with the rest of the ingredients! Love this idea of sneaking it into your kids’ food 😉 xx Adaleta Avdic

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  • Jessica January 17, 2017 02.06 pm

    I’m not a big smoothie person & I don’t have kids but these do look quite good. Going to share with my MIL she drinks smoothies like their going out of style.

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  • Agness of Run Agness Run February 06, 2017 09.48 pm

    Smoothies are a great way to take the necessary nutrients on a daily basis. Your recipe is a great one, Rachel!

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