I don’t know of one mom who doesn’t try to get her kids to eat more veggies. Or any at all. Mine are better than most, but my older one (who’s in kindergarten now), would be happy with only broccoli and seaweed on his plate in the veggie department. The toddler will eat anything that crosses his path, so I don’t worry about him. And they both LOVE getting vitamins and supplements (as long as they are sweetened).
But to make my life easier, I like to squeeze as many veggies and supplements into one serving as possible. So I break out my blender and give them what, over many years, I have been able to convince them is a very special treat. We call it the “Special Drink.” My formula, which really isn’t so much of a true formula, is as follows:
–Liquid. Choose one or more: nondairy milk, juice, water.
–Veggies. Organic if possible, choose two or more: carrots, celery, frozen spinach, salad greens, kale.
–Fruit. Banana, fresh or frozen, plus any of these: fresh or frozen berries, apple, melon, kiwi, citrus, avocado, etc.
–Extras & supplements. Choose any amount of these: nondairy yogurt, probiotics, green powder, hemp protein, nut or seed butter, flax oil, algae oil for DHA, blackstrap molasses for iron and calcium, multivitamin, vitamin C.
–Sweetener. You didn’t really think your kids were going to eat the shake without this, were you? Yes, the banana adds some sweetness, but you will have to thin the shake with water if you put in too much stuff, and you have to sweeten it. I usually add agave nectar and/or maple syrup. You can also try brown rice syrup or a good-tasting stevia.
Make one of these for your kids (and yourself) daily, and your kids will be so healthy and full of veggies and good stuff, they won’t even know what hit them!