My Toddler’s Favorite Pink Smoothie
This is My Toddler’s Favorite Pink Smoothie and it is filled with strawberries, raspberries, beets, a banana, hemp seeds, kefir and a drizzle of honey. It’s a power-house smoothie loaded with protein, fiber, vitamin C, iron, probiotics, antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids. Perfect for any toddler, especially those picky eaters out there!
My youngest daughter, Parker, calls this herrrrr Princess Pinkie Pie Smoothie, and wakes up each morning demanding I make it for her – every.single.morning!
You would think that after a year of making this smoothie all the friggin time, that she would get bored with it. Nope!
It’s beyond healthy (even though she doesn’t know this)
It’s pink (did I mention that;)
I think that because it is pink, and Parker is into anything pink and sparkly these days, she is more open to this smoothie as opposed to the other green smoothies I make her.
Green smoothies are amazing and I make and serve them all the time. But Parker doesn’t wake up demanding a green smoothie, let’s get real, she’s 3! Most of the time, I don’t even wake up craving a green smoothie.
So I used this passion for pink and turned her favorite pink smoothie in the ultimate healthy pink smoothie, without her even knowing it! #momwin
I loaded up this smoothie with strawberries, raspberries, a banana, beets, hemp seeds, kefir and just a squeeze of honey. Combined, these whole ingredients create a power-house meal for your little one that they will gladly drink down.
Healthy Pink Smoothie Ingredients
Let’s look at each ingredient’s main benefits:
- Strawberries – high in antioxidants, helps with brain health and full of amino acids
- Raspberries – are loaded with antioxidants and help with heart health
- Beets – loaded with fiber, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids
- Banana – full of potassium for healthy digestion
- Kefir – loaded with probiotics for a healthy gut, boosts immunity and builds bone strength
- Hemp Seeds – great source of protein
- Honey – used to sweeten the smoothie but local honey is also great to combat allergies
Why this Pink Smoothie Rocks
When you combine all of these ingredients you get a delicious meal that is loaded with the following vitamins and minerals:
- Protein (7 grams)
- Fiber (3 grams)
- vitamin C (110%) and D (25%)
- Iron (15%)
- Calcium (30%)
- Phosphorus and Magnesium (50%)
- Probiotics (3 strands)
- Healthy Fats
- Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Additional Add-Ins for More Nutrition
Want to add in some more nutrients, then these are our favorite additions. I don’t add them all in at once (but I suppose you could), I just add in one or two different items to mix it up every morning.
- 1/2 cup frozen cauliflower (usually added in place of the banana)
- 1/2 teaspoon chia seeds (good amount of omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants)
- 1/2 teaspoon bee pollen (great for boosting immunity and aids in digestion)
- 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil (healthy fat that keeps kiddos full for longer)
- 1/4 cup old fashioned oats (great for adding in extra fiber if they have a busy day planned)
- 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt (instead of the kefir)
- 1/4 cup mangos (usually instead of the raspberries)
How To Freeze Beets for a Pink Smoothie
You can totally use pre-cooked or raw beets (shredded or finely chopped) in any smoothies.
But since I don’t always have beets on-hand in my fridge, I came up with this easy way to freeze pre-cooked beets so I can toss a couple chunks into my toddler’s daily smoothie.
- Take pre-cooked beets and pat dry with a paper towel. You can cook the beets yourself or use the packaged pre-cook beets you can find in almost any supermarket. I got this package from Trader Joes.
- Cut beets into quarters or eights depending on the size of your beet.
- Toss cut beets into a small zip-lock baggie.
- Place baggie into freezer and then use when needed.
COOKING WITH KIDS
You can easily have your kids help you make this smoothie.
- Toddlers can help measure and pour the ingredients into the blender.
- They can help put the lid on the blender and push start. Note: make sure to talk about not touching the blender blade while making something in the blender, as it can be sharp.
- Once blended, toddlers can help pour the smoothie into glasses. You may want to pour the popsicle mixture into a smaller measuring cup with pour lip to make it easier on them.
- You can pretty much let older kids make this recipe by themselves.
- They can pick out and measure all of the ingredients. Note: make sure to talk about not touching the blender blade while making something in the blender, as it can be sharp.
- Kids can pour the smoothies into glasses.
MORE KID-FRIENDLY SMOOTHIE RECIPES
Our favorite smoothie recipes are below. To make them safe for baby, just omit the honey in the recipe.
- Blueberry Pie Smoothie for Baby + Toddler
- Cherry Beet Smoothie
- Strawberry Oatmeal Smoothie for Baby + Toddler
- Green Mint Chocolate Smoothie
- Strawberry Oatmeal Smoothie
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Get the recipe: My Toddler’s Favorite Pink Smoothie
- 1 cup frozen strawberries
- 1/4 cup frozen raspberries
- ½ – 1 small beet frozen
- 1 ripe banana
- 1/2 cup kefir
- 1/2 cup milk – regular, nut, coconut, hemp, etc.
- 2 tbsp honey (optional)
- 1 tbsp hemp seeds
- 1/2 cup ice
- Place all ingredients into a high speed blender. Run on the smoothie setting or on high for 1-2 minutes or until completely smooth.
- Serve and enjoy!
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11 Comments on “My Toddler’s Favorite Pink Smoothie”
Do you use raw or streamed beets? Sorry just found answer.
I made it with the cauliflower instead of banana option and 1 tablespoon honey. It was delicious! I am so impressed! Even my picky 2 year old liked it, and my husband that does not like things typically with hidden veggies added.
I love your substitution and that your entire family loved this recipe! yay!
Today I tried with banana, 1 tablespoon honey, and a handful of spinach. I could not taste the spinach. So good! Tempted to try your other smoothies, but kind of don’t want to as love this one to much. If I try one other one, which one should it be?
Today I tried with banana, 1 tablespoon honey, and a handful of spinach. I could not taste the spinach. So good! Tempted to try your other smoothies, but kind of don’t want to as love this one to much. If I try one other one green smoothie, which one should it be? One of my kids who likes cold, I use frozen sliced up banana, and other prefers less cold, so I use fresh banana.
any substitute you can use for beets?
You could use strawberries or raspberries instead of the beets.
I love your pink smoothie and chocolate peanut butter smoothie. What is the best tasting smoothie for kids to add spinach to for my almost 3 year old and 5 year old?
So glad you like the pink smoothie ad chocolate peanut butter smoothie! My kids love all 3 of these Green Smoothies, and of course these spinach smoothie popsicles!
I’m going to start making smoothies for myself, my husband, and our twin 17 month olds for lunch for all kinds of healthy reasons and how easy it is to prep in the morning and save for lunch. I haven’t looked at all your recipes yet but do you ever add in protein powder? Like collagen peptides? I add them to my smoothies but im curious if it’s safe for toddlers??
I don’t usually recommend adding in protein powders into a toddler smoothie as toddlers don’t need as much protein as you think they do. I also can’t find a kids’ protein powder that has simple enough ingredients that I’m in love with. But you certainly can add collagen peptides (I would recommend this over protein powders) to their smoothies. If I’m making one large batch of smoothie for the entire family, I like to make the smoothie for the toddler first, pour their portion into a cup and then add in any other ingredients for my smoothie (protein powder, maca powder, etc) before reblending and then pouring my smoothie into a cup. Hope that helps.