You might find it hard to get your kids to eat spinach. My 2 eldest aren't big fans of it... I can barely get them to eat it in a salad (full of dressing). But for some reason (probably because it's so sweet) the kids don't complain about having it in their smoothies and actually ask for seconds. Yay! A great way to get the kids to eat spinach!
And what about the ginger and hemp hearts? These super foods are amazing for them too. Ginger supports good digestion, has antioxidant compounds (such as beta-carotene) and is rich in vitamins and minerals like Calcium, Potassium, Magnesium, Folate, Protein, Fiber, Vitamin C... and so much more. Hemp Seeds are also great! They're an excellent source of Omega 3 and Omega 6 Fatty Acids and are naturally sodium-free. High in protein and fiber they're also a great source of iron, magnesium, phosphorous, and vitamin E. Also providing some potassium and calcium.
You probably don't serve a lot of Papaya to your kids either. You should! Papayas are rich in Fiber, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Folate & Antioxidants (such as carotene). A single Papaya contains more than 200% of your daily requirement of Vitamin C. It is also a great source of Magnesium, Potassium and Copper. They're great for fighting ear infections, colds and flues. And are so tasty too!
Making smoothies might seem like a bit of a daunting task (for some) but if you have a few frozen fruits on hand, the rest is really easy to whip together. Plus, the kids will want to help make them too so this is a great opportunity to do a fun activity together. Small things like this can sometimes create great bonding moments with your kids. And making smoothies might be a little more 'up your alley' than having a tea party.
Prepare a container of halved (peeled) bananas to put aside in your freezer. Bags of other frozen fruit are always great to have on hand as well. I find that adding a few frozen ingredients to your smoothie makes it all the more enjoyable for the kids. They LOVE frozen treats!
Strawberry Papaya Smoothie
1 Frozen Banana
1 Cup of Frozen Strawberries
1 Cup of Spinach
1/4 of a Papaya
Small Piece of Ginger
1/4 Cup of Hemp Hearts
1 Cup of Almond Milk
1 Cup of not from concentrate Apple Juice
Health Benefits of Ginger for Baby - Ginger is great for babies' digestive tract (will help with constipation) and safeguards their liver. It is also great for treating stomach aches, acid reflux/vomiting and cough or respiratory problems.
*Do not add honey to your smoothie if you plan on giving it to baby (not until after 12 months).
You'll LOVE this Healthy & Delicious Smoothie! Made with Strawberries, Papaya, Spinach, Ginger, Hemp Hearts, Banana, Almond Milk & not from concentrate Apple Juice. It's a huge hit with the whole family!