Smoothies for Babies & Toddlers

Smoothies are my go-to solution for ensuring that my son gets plenty of nutrition each day.

green smoothie in a glass with two straws

What I love about smoothies is that you can squeeze plenty of nutrient-rich foods into a single drink, including many ingredients a young child might not eat on his or her own. For example, leafy lettuces have a tendency to make my son gag, but they blend seamlessly into a smoothie that he’ll gulp down. The same goes for ingredients like chia seeds and avocados– he doesn’t necessarily love them on their own, but he’ll happily enjoy them in liquid form.

In each smoothie, I aim to include the following three categories.

mixed fruit, greens, and sliced avocado

  1. Fruit, which is loaded with vitamins, antioxidants, and fiber
  2. Greens, which are high in iron and folate
  3. Healthy fats, which are necessary for brain development

The fruit ensures that the overall smoothie tastes good, and then I sneak as many other healthy things into each drink as I can. Here are a few of my favorite ingredients from each category:

smoothie ingredients

The amount of these ingredients can vary in each smoothie, but the general ratio I use looks something like this:

1 cup water
1 cup frozen fruit
1-2 handfuls of leafy greens
1 serving of fat (i.e. 1 teaspoon oil, 1/4 avocado, 1 tablespoon nut butter)
Extra add-in, such as dates, fresh ginger, or cinnamon

Below you’ll find a few of my favorite combinations to help you get started, but the possibilities are endless!

smoothie combinations

Additional Tips

  • Make sure you’ve introduced all of the ingredients to your child separately, before putting them in a smoothie, to make sure you’ve ruled out any possible food allergies.
  • Rotate the ingredients you use often, to ensure your child gets a variety of nutrients.
  • The smoothie recipes above make roughly 12 ounces total, which fits into two Squeasy Snacker pouches. I use these reusable pouches daily and can’t recommend them enough. Made with food grade silicone they are easy to transport for snacking on the road, and they give my son the independence to feed himself– which is very important to him at this age! Plus, they don’t spill when you drop them, which is a nice bonus for keeping my home and car clean.

baby boy drinking a smoothie

As I mentioned above, it’s important to make sure your child doesn’t have any allergies to the ingredients you use, but otherwise these smoothies are all appropriate for babies 6 months and older. (The AAP recommends not giving solids to babies until they are at least 6 months of age.)

Reader Feedback: Please feel free to ask any questions or share your favorite smoothie combinations in the comments below! 

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macon

Hello,

Thank you for the wealth of information. My daughter is starting solids soon and I am anxious to ensure she is getting the right nutrients. Where and in what form do you buy young coconut meat?

    Megan Gilmore

    I used to open the shaved young coconuts myself and scoop out the meat, but now it’s really easily available in the freezer section! I prefer Exotic Superfoods brand when you can find it, as they use 100% organic coconuts, but other brands are usually available at Whole Foods, too.

Sharon A.

I’ve been making green & fruit smoothies for years. I have one-year-old twins now and have been reluctant to give them uncooked greens/veggies because I’m not sure how to wash them to be sure they are safe. For my husband and me I have been just rinsing them under the faucet. Do you have any suggestions or am I worrying too much?

Thanks so much!

    Megan Gilmore

    Or maybe I didn’t worry enough?? Honestly, that was something that didn’t concern me, and I always felt like raw was best nutrition-wise, so I always used raw leafy greens, fruits and veggies. (And I always just rinse them… no crazy cleaning technique, either!)

Friedia

I have been making smoothies for my 15 month old for a while now and recently he just doesn’t wanna eat solids so this smoothie is helping. I don’t think a smoothie is a meal and wanted to know what I should give with it so it could possibly be one?? Is this a posability?

Pamela

Can I mix formula milk into the smoothie? My toddler doesn’t like milk on its own. But once mixed with formula milk, how long can it be kept in the fridge for?

    Megan Gilmore

    You’re welcome to try it! I never keep a smoothie longer than 24 hours, because I think the taste starts to go off, but you can keep them longer by freezing them into popsicles for later.

Jacey paige

Your baby is not suppose to have strawberries at 6months of age.

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