How To Get Your Kids To Drink Green Smoothies Part 2 (with a really fun downloadable chart)


 How To Get Your Kids To Drink Green Smoothies


I want to introduce Kristi!!!

She is the newest team member here at Unconventional Kitchen.  You read that right, I am not flying solo anymore…..I now have a team of rockin ladies! Yeah!!  I got overwhelmed trying to be a mama, which comes first for me, and take care of my other passion this here website.  So what did I do?  I put together a team of some amazing mamas to help me out.    You will see more of Kristi around these parts on the blog and Facebook.  She is incredibly knowledgeable, supportive, and she makes me laugh.

Well hello Unconventional Kitchen friends. I’m Kristi who blogs at random over here. Sometimes I’m a bit of a drama queen…I apologize in advance for that.

kristi with unconventional kitchen

Today I’m here as one of Desiree’s kitchen helpers to chat about our journey on the Green Smoothie path.

A wee bit of my history. I’ve been a little dragged down health wise for a while. And by awhile I mean since I was a baby…with a grip of health concerns.

baby kristi getting a bath in the sink

Allergies, asthma, arthritis, fatigue…junk like that. I’ve been trying
to find a way to feel better since I was a teenager. This is when I
realized that it probably wasn’t normal to have stomach attacks,
need to sleep every day after school, and that sneezing my face
off in the midst of a math test wasn’t ideal. Well that one worked
out. I wasn’t that good in math anyway.

I have probably spent hundreds of hours maybe even thousands
of hours reading and researching trying to figure all this out.
There were many trials and doctor visits. Doctors that would
almost always say “there’s nothing wrong with you want some
anti-depressants?” There were diets, revelations, talking, crying,
punching pillows and many other researching strategies.

A couple of years ago I got word about this Green Smoothie.

green smoothie

The concept of these little gems really struck my fancy. You mean I can get all that nutrition in one glass? That those smoothies may help heal me? Uh…please let me catch a ride on that train thank-you-very-much!

I was hooked! Which then led to my new even stronger obsession with health and food. And I knew what needed to be done. It was time to wrangle with this guy…

kristi's son

Lets be honest for a minute here. I had gotten to the point with this child that I was crying tears of joy when he ate fries and Kraft Dinner! All because of his obscene pickiness! That kid only ate bread and dairy. Milk, cottage cheese, cheese strings, cream
cheese sandwiches, crackers and cereal to be exact. That was his diet. After all this newly found knowledge and passion I had gained, I knew that kid and I had to duke it out and get his eating on track.

How in the heck was I going to get this darn kid to drink a green smoothie?

I tried a few different methods at first. Playing dumb and just plopping it in front of him and hoping for the best. I tried to threaten his life. No not really…….ish 😉

FINALLY after many trials and errors I came up with a few things that when combined, worked for this cute little punk.

First, I chatted with him about it. He was over 3 years old at the time and I really tried to talk up how he would get big and strong like his Daddy. This was key for him because he adores that Dad of his. Then I made a deal with him that if he had his smoothie
every day for two weeks then him and I would go out – just me and him – to a park. No Daddy and no little brother. I wanted to provide a reward for him that wasn’t bringing in more toys in our house and I didn’t want to reward him with a treat – seemed counter productive.

He was on board. I made little boxes on our family calendar and let me tell you every day that boy was so excited to color in that box! But here’s the crazy thing that happened. After about a week…he stopped asking to color in the boxes but was STILL drinking the smoothies. In fact that two weeks went over a month! I finally decided that I wanted him to know that I valued a promise and we went on our date. He had no idea that he had
been doing it longer then we had agreed on. Now he’s older and it’s a requirement in our home. He understands what that means.

Obviously it means he can climb walls and make weird faces.

Oh and one other tactic that works with him is that I tell him that if he finishes his smoothie that I BET he could lift me off the ground. And with a little dramatics on my part…he lifts me up. I’ve even done this on little friends that have come over.

Works. Like. A. Charm.

Adults seem to think it’s strange when I tell them I bet they can pick me up. Go figure.

There’s so many encouraging ways to get your kids on board with smoothies. And you’ll find after awhile they are willing to try new healthy things because their pallets change.

Last year he was diagnosed with an uncommon autoimmune disease. It’s called Linear Morphea. Here you can see it…it makes his hair fall out and causes scarring. It’s a hard thing to describe.

With this disease, diet is key in keeping it under control and keeping him off of some nasty bad medications. Oddly enough those things he would ONLY ever eat. With his health issues he now rarely eats dairy or wheat and it was those green smoothies that allowed me to ease him off of those foods that were aggravating his disease. Um…awesome right? Stark raving miracle. Not that dairy and wheat are bad. Just not the best for his situation. And PS – his hair is almost all grown back! Holla!

He’s not a perfect eater…but he’s a ‘willing to eat healthier’ eater!

Now that I’ve written you a novel…if you’ve made it to the end we’ve got a FREE printable green smoothie chart for your kiddos.

 

PRINT OFF THE CHART HERE:

Green Smoothie Kids Chart

How you use it is pretty simple. Just have your kiddos color in the smiley face if they had their smoothie that day. At the end of the week there is a box for you to discuss with them how many they will drink the next week. And then they (or you) can fill in
the number.

I suggest framing it and using a dry erase marker to re-use over and over again. And I suggest one for each child!

Think of simple but effective rewards. Dollar store goodie bag, trips to the park, 15 minutes extra time before bed, a little extra screen time etc…

And let them “pick you up” off the ground. It works!

Oh and this guy…

He got them as soon as he could use a sippy cup. And now he’s a Green Smoothie clepto! I never get to drink all of mine alone!

Let us know what you have done that has helped you get your littles to drink their Green Smoothies! We all can use all the help we can get!!!

Until next time….

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12 Responses to How To Get Your Kids To Drink Green Smoothies Part 2 (with a really fun downloadable chart)

  1. Jen says:

    Hi Desiree! I am sooo excited about the Love Your Greens Challenge and I have been telling all my friends and family about it to get them to do it as well! Can’t wait for May 1st! I have a quick question though…I am a huge follower and lover of 100 Days of Real Food and Food Babe’s blogs…which I found you through..and both have blogged about Carageenan which is almost always found in Coconut Water, Coconut Milk, Almond Milk, etc. It is an ingredient I think I would like to avoid also. When I start the challenge next week, do you have a possible replacement that you would recommend and/or have you found brands of these products without Carageenan in them? Thank you in advance for your help! Love your website and I think you are darling!
    Oh and one last question… do you have an instagram?? I have been wanting to post that I am doing this challenge and I think it would be fun to hashtag pictures and see all of those that are doing it, cheering each other on, etc.
    Thanks again!
    Jen

    • Nicole says:

      We stay away from Carageenan as well. I use Naked Coconut Water and the only ingredient is coconut water. Also, we buy the 365 brand of Organic Unsweetened Almond Milk and there is no carrageenan in that either. I got both of these items from Whole Foods. I have found better luck getting dairy products without carrageenan in then from Whole Foods so hopefully you have one of those close to you. Have a great day!

    • Alicia says:

      Your comment sparked my interest. I didn’t know anything about carrageenan. I read up a bit on a couple of different sites and Food Babe linked to a list put out by the cornucopia institute that has coconut water/milk, almond milk, and other dairy choices that do not contain carrageenan. Here is the link:

      http://www.cornucopia.org/shopping-guide-to-avoiding-organic-foods-with-carrageenan/

      Hope that helps!

  2. Rachel says:

    I am so happy to hear that I am not the only one with a monster child that will only eat cheese sandwiches and cereal. He has already had about half of a green smoothie and I have him drink some before T-ball and tell him it will make him hit the ball further. He likes that idea! My 2 yr old has extreme food and environmental allergies and I am hoping these smoothies will help not only get more nurtrients but maybe even see some of these allergies go down or go away! Can’t wait! Love all the advice you guys give for healthy eating and life

  3. Susan says:

    I was going to ask that EXACT question! Is there a coconut milk without carageenan??

    • admin says:

      Yes. One you can make your own. Super easy using dates and almond butter-no straining necessary! Or Silk brand and Sprouts brand do not contain carrageenan. Hope that helps!

  4. Linda Nunley says:

    I saw the picture of the baby drinking a green smoothie. When do you incorporate green smoothies into their diet? I have a 6 mo old who is on solids but can’t stand peas or green beans. His big brother loves green Smoothies!!!

    • Linda, I put him on smoothies as soon as he could drink from a sippy cup. I just made sure not to put honey or any allergens in it like peanut butter or bee pollen. Just kept it simple with greens, liquid, and fruit. If it wasn’t sweet enough I added dates. All very safe for baby! Hope this helps!
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      • admin says:

        Hi Linda! I second Kristi. I had my little skye as soon as she could suck through a straw drinking them. Like Kristi said just be careful not to sweeten them with honey until they are one. I loved that I could get greens in my little ones tiny. Thanks for stopping by! Good luck with your little one. I was going to tell you one thing my friend did that I thought was brilliant is she cut off the top of the nipple of her babies bottle so it was wider. Then he could drink them through his bottle. I have read that you should start them at 8 months age wise. But I gave Skye green smoothies as early as 6 and a 1/2 months. Hope that helps.

  5. Danielle says:

    I had no idea what a green drink was, but then I was pumped in getting the Vitamix blender. Then a friend sent me your challenge and I’m totally hooked on green drinks. I always check your website, looking for more drinks to try. Keep up the great work.

  6. Kristie Livingston says:

    Hey there, I’m loving this challenge! Still working on my kids to LOVE their greens… taking a while longer than expected. My son is, however, eating raw spinach naked. He loves it!

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