Baby’s First Spinach Smoothie
Baby’s First Spinach Smoothie is packed with spinach, avocado, mango, banana, oats, chia seeds and coconut milk. This nutritious and delicious smoothie is easy to make and perfect for babies (and toddlers) 9 months and up!
My goal – to put every nutrient-dense food that baby needs in order to thrive into one delicious smoothie.
The result – this amazing spinach smoothie that will get sipped up by baby in mere minutes.
Made with spinach, avocado, mango, bananas, oats, chia seeds and coconut milk, this flavorful smoothie is naturally sweetened and is a perfect way to introduce the world of smoothies to your baby.
I actually made this recipe for both you and baby! The idea is that you can pour baby their portion of the smoothie into their sippy cup and you will still have enough leftover smoothie for a small snack/treat/lunch/meal for you;)
I know you will ask, so here are some general FAQs about smoothies and your baby. If you have more questions, comment below and I’ll answer them for you.
When can baby start drinking smoothies?
Babies can start drinking smoothies as soon as they can suck out of a straw sippy cup (this is our favorite straw sippy cup), which is usually around 9 months of age. You can also put a thin smoothie into a regular sippy cup but I have found, from personal experience, this gets real messy real quick.
Are all foods safe to use in a smoothie for baby?
All the food in this smoothie are perfectly safe for baby of any age to drink (or eat). If using another smoothie recipe, make sure you omit added fruit juices, processed protein powders, honey and cows milk.
Can smoothies be used as meals for my baby or toddler?
Yes! Especially this smoothie. It is jammed packed with essential nutrients for baby’s and toddlers and can be used for any meal or snack during the day.
What is inside this nutrient-dense spinach smoothie for baby:
Spinach – the powerhouse vegetable that is loaded with vitamin K, vitamin A, folate and vitamin C that helps protect bone, eye, brain and heart health.
Avocado – one of the healthiest foods on the planet, avocados are loaded with healthy fats that are essential for baby’s brain, bones, eyes and skin growth and development.
Mango – mangos do more then just sweeten this smoothie, they are great for increasing immunity as well as relieving constipation.
Banana – loaded with potassium, manganese, vitamins B6 and C and are great for digestive health as well increasing energy and boosting baby’s mood.
Oats – filled with fiber, complex carbohydrates, fat and protein, oats help baby relieve constipation as well as promote a healthy gut.
Chia Seeds – are super seeds that are loaded with protein, fiber, antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids.
Coconut Milk – a nutrient dense liquid that improves heart health, helps build muscle, improves digestion and relieves constipation.
How to Make Baby’s First Spinach Smoothie
And let’s be honest, there is no way I am pouring baby’s delicious spinach smoothie into a glass cup! I am not that crazy!
In the search to find the perfect smoothie cup for baby, I have literally tested out every straw sippy cup that is on the market. And all of them just couldn’t hold up to my very high standards – except for Thinkbaby’s Thinkster Steel bottle (comes in 3 fun colors – green, pink, blue, orange)
Here is what I love about using thinkbaby’s straw sippy cup for baby’s smoothie
- It (mostly) doesn’t leak! If baby or toddler takes the cup and throws it around and smashes it everywhere (I get it, it happens) then yes, it might leak a couple of drops of smoothie. But overall this cup doesn’t leak.
- It’s insulated! This way if your baby or toddler takes forever to finish their smoothie (this regularly happens at my house) you know that in 3 hours it will still be cold.
- It is easy to clean!! Maybe the most important part about this cup. You can take the straw out of the cup and clean it with a straw cleaner. We have had our thinkbaby cup for a couple of years and haven’t had any problems with mold.
- It has a handle! A handle is a must-have item for any baby sippy cup. The handle makes it easy for baby to hold onto and grip the cup when they are just learning how to drink from the cup. When they have mastered this skill, you can simply remove the handle and it is now made for your toddler. Brilliant!
- It’s perfect to use on-the-go! Since it’s a sippy cup, you can fill it with this smoothie and take it with you and baby on whatever adventure you are having that day.
- It’s made out of stainless steel! We all know that plastic shouldn’t be anywhere near baby’s food. This stainless steel sippy cup makes it so easy to follow through on it.
The only thing that is a slight draw-back from this sippy cup is the straw. The straw was meant for liquids not smoothies, so the diameter of the tip of the straw is a little narrow. The easy fix I had was I just took a pair of scissors and cut off the very end of the straw, trust me it works! This way your baby has an easier time sucking the thick smoothie out of the sippy cup.
This is not a paid post in any way, I just had a super hard time finding a smoothie cup for my girls when they were babies and toddlers and I was SO HAPPY that I found thinkbaby sippy cups for their smoothies!
Get your baby this amazing smoothie cup here!
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Our favorite smoothie recipes are below. To make them safe for baby, just omit the honey in the recipe.
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Get the recipe: Baby’s First Spinach Smoothie
- 1/2 banana
- 1/4 avocado, peel removed
- 1/4 cup spinach, packed
- 1 cup frozen mango
- 1 tbsp old-fashioned oats
- 1/4 tsp chia seeds
- 1/4 cup canned coconut milk full fat variety
- 3-4 ice cubes
- ½-1 cup water
- Place all of the ingredients and 1/2 cup of water into a blender.
- Blend the ingredients together by using the smoothie function on your blender or high speed for at least 60 seconds. If the smoothie is too thick, then add the additional water to the smoothie and blend until incorporated. For most babies, you will want a pretty thin smoothie so they can suck it through the straw. Save the extra thick smoothies until they get a little older.
- Pour smoothie into a sippy cup and enjoy!
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16 Comments on “Baby’s First Spinach Smoothie”
can this smoothie be put into pouches to be frozen and drunk later?
I haven’t tried it, but I don’t see why not. I think as long as you shake the pouch before serving, it should work great. If you try it out, can you please let us know how it works?
How many ounces would you say this recipe makes?
2 toddler servings
Can I use coconut milk from a carton? Like the Silk brand?
Is there another fruit we can use instead of mango? Not a crowd pleaser in our home, but I like this recipe!
I haven’t tried making this without the mango, but I think you could try adding in a whole banana or subbing in frozen pineapple in place of the mango.
We dont have a smoothie blender-we have a handheld blender (or immersion blender), do you think this would blend up the little chia seeds?
I haven’t tried this, but I think it will work if you give it enough time to process the little seeds. Let us know how it goes. Also – you can leave out the chia seeds if you prefer.
Do you soak your chia seeds before blending them? I assume they function somewhat as a thickening agent?
Nope, I just tossed them into the blender with the rest of the ingredients. They blend right up!
I’m sorry, but why on earth would you give a baby raw grains??? Or anyone for that matter, but especially not a vulnerable infant with a developing gut.
How much should I serve for 8 months old
4-6 ounces is a normal serving for babies under a year – but if they are drink it all, you can offer more.
What brand of coconut milk do you buy?