If you’re in my boat, feeding fussy toddlers and teens, then this recipe is going to save the day. They have no idea there’s zucchini in them! And when you tell them, they will likely shrug because they taste so good they don’t even mind. Win-win!
My littlest one is now nearly 3 and last July I started her on the ‘smoothies’. She loved them, and I knew right away this would be our go to. From zucchini to cauliflower, egg yolks, chia seeds and olive oil, I am able to deliver many of the nutritious foods she would otherwise miss out on. And because it tastes so yummy she thinks she’s having a treat. Honestly, give your kids these Flourless Peanut Butter Hemp Seed Cookies and Berry Nice Popsicles and they are way better off than a bowl of cereal or toast. Mamas and papas by bending the rules we can get the kids off high sugar breakfast and treats. Let’s make healthy food fun!
- 1.5 cups mixed raspberries and blueberries (or your favourites)
- 1/2 cup frozen raw zucchini chunks
- 1 cup Iced Herbal Tea (in summer I steep a batch using Pukka (my favourite tea brand) in blends called Love, Womankind, 3 Chamomile, add a touch of honey while hot/stevia or monk fruit, then add ice and chill in the fridge)
- 1/2 cup coconut milk
- 3 tbs extra virgin olive oil
- 3 tbs collagen powder
- 3 tbs chia seeds
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder, I use Garden of Life Whey Sport
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
Blend well, then pour into popsicle molds and freeze.
I keep a variety of popsicle sizes on hand, and there are now 1 kid, 2 teens and a toddler all loving these. Then whatever is leftover from the batch becomes my own breakfast smoothie, which is why I make so much! They usually want that too…. 😉 These ingredients are exactly what we grown ups need for all the health too: great skin, healthy hormones and a happy gut. Get on em!
Go ahead and add raw egg yolks, other seeds or nut butters, frozen cauliflower and of course banana. Any smoothie from this site can really be made into a popsicle. Orange juice or coconut water also sub well for the iced tea if you don’t have time to make ahead. At least they are eating some veggies, fibre, protein, healthy fats and antioxidants…. it’s kind of a complete meal here which makes me really excited to share this as an option, as I know how difficult it can be when kids just don’t comply with eating veggies and all the ‘healthy’ stuff we know they need to grow and thrive.
Sita Huber, BHSc