Smoothie Recipes for Kids

A lot of kids like smoothies. Especially certain kinds of smoothies.

Kids are sometimes picky, and each has their own preferences. But here are some smoothie ideas that usually go over well.

Anything that is thick and sweet, like a milkshake, is popular. To make a smoothie more like a milkshake, just add a couple of frozen bananas. Frozen strawberries help, too. You can also add a half cup or ice, or more.

Bananas are enough to make a smoothie really sweet, especially if you use really ripe bananas. But if you need the smoothie more sweet, you can try stevia powder. Honey is the next best thing. It has pretty concentrated sugar content, but it also has some health benefits. And the flavor it offers is wonderful.

Anything with peanut butter is popular with kids, too. There are many peanut butter smoothie recipes available. Usually they include just one or two tablespoons of peanut butter. Some people add more, but I like to go easy on the peanut butter. It sometimes contains certain toxins.

If you do use peanut butter, make sure it is the natural kind. Avoid the sugary kinds, and the ones with low-quality oils added. Peanut butter with just straight peanuts, and a bit of salt, are the healthiest option. As a kid, I liked the unhealthy kind of peanut butter best, of course. But when my family switched to the more natural kind, I gradually got used to it.

It makes it even more fun if it is something familiar, like ‘peanut butter and jelly’, with the jelly being the strawberries or a teaspoon of jam.

If your child is hooked on sugar or desserts, try substituting a regular dessert with a dessert smoothie. At least, then, your child will be getting their sugars from a more natural source like bananas, apples and carrots. There are some smoothies with added goodies, like Oreo cookie smoothies, that kids will go crazy over. And some dessert smoothies have interesting holiday flavors, like eggnog smoothies or gingerbread smoothies.

If your child doesn’t like greens or salad, one thing you can do is hide a certain amount of greens in a smoothie. Baby spinach is the easiest to hide, because it has the least flavor. A carrot is easy to add and will often go unnoticed too. If you add enough banana, strawberry and peanut butter, you can hide anything. Strawberries and blueberrie add enough color to hide the green and orange color of the healthy stuff.

Here are a few kid-friendly smoothie recipes for you to try. Feel free to add more banana, or to use a different kind of non-dairy milk, if that is your preference. These recipes will make 2 servings of smoothie.

Easy Strawberry Milkshake Smoothie

  • 1 cup almond milk or coconut milk
  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • a handful of ice (optional)

Strawberry Peanut Butter Smoothie

  • 2 cups almond milk
  • 2 bananas
  • half cup strawberries
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • The Strawberry Oreo Smoothie
  • 2 cups almond milk
  • 2 frozen bananas
  • half cup strawberries
  • 5 Oreo cookies

To add more variety and fun, try adding other berries like raspberries and blueberries. They make a good low-sugar smoothie option. Also try tropical smoothie flavors like pineapple and mango, if you kids are in to that.

Smoothies are great for kids, because it is a healthier way for them to have a quick snack without resorting to junk food or refined sugar. Get your kids going on smoothies from a young age, and it will hopefully stay a natural part of their diet.

Homemade Chicken Stock

For the past few months, I’ve been trying to live on a lot less income than I’m used to. And let me just tell you, it is the opposite of fun. But, I’ve been learning to be much more resourceful. Not only has this saved me money, but it’s been helping to make me eat more natural and homemade meals. I’ve been making a lot more things from scratch, and it’s cut out a lot of processed ingredients.

One thing that I’m super proud of making is homemade chicken stock. I roasted a whole chicken tonight for dinner with some potatoes and veggies. When we were done eating, I used the leftover bones and scraps to make stock. It’s super easy and it uses up ingredients that otherwise would have been thrown out. Plus, since I’m making it myself, I can control the amount of salt and other flavors I include. Here’s how I did it:

Homemade Chicken Stock

  • 1 chicken carcass, plus cooking juices
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 celery
  • about 8 cups of water (enough to cover all the ingredients)
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp dried rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

Add everything but the salt to a big stock pot. Simmer for 4 hours. Don’t bring to a boil; it will break down the nutrients in the chicken bones. Strain the broth into a big spouted bowl. Add the salt and pour into jars to store. You can keep it in the fridge for up to a week or in the freezer for up to six months.

During cooking...and after

During cooking and after. Yummy!

Papaya Strawberry Smoothie

Papayas are one of my favorite fruits. They are delicious, with a unique flavor, and they are super good for your digestion.

Whenever I find a papaya on sale at a good price, I buy one. I like buying whole papayas, but sometimes I will buy a half papaya if looks good and the price is right. I sometimes eat them with cereal, and sometimes have them in my smoothie. I will usually use about a quarter of a papaya in one smoothie. But even just a couple of spoons of papaya in my smoothie can be nice, too.


Papayas, also known as pawpaw, are an interesting fruit. There are two main kinds that are culticated. One is a yellow-orange color on the inside, and the other is a reddish-pink color.

They are native to Mexico and Central America, and have been cultivated there for many centuries. They grow on tall plants that look like trees, with leaves that are about 2 feet wide. Papaya plants come in 3 sexes: male, female, and hermaphrodite. The hermaphrodite plants are the ones used on papaya farms, since they can self-pollinate.

Papayas are the third most popular tropical fruit, after pineapples and mangos. Although papayas are native to Mexico, the two main papaya-growing countries are actually India and Brazil.

In Southeast Asia, papaya is used in curries, and on salads. The seeds can also be eaten, and are sometimes used as a substitute for pepper. Scientific studies have shown that papaya seeds possibly have an contraceptive effect on men.

Papaya Strawberry Smoothies

Here are a few Papaya Strawberry smoothie recipes for you to try. I usually use almond milk as a base, but you can also use homemade coconut milk if you want to give it a more tropical feeling. Coconut milk is easy to make, and cheap too, and it is healthier than using coconut milk from a can.

Easy Papaya Strawberry Smoothie

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 banana
  • half cup strawberries
  • 1 cup papaya

Pear and Papaya Smoothie

  • 1 cup almond milk or coconut milk
  • 1 banana
  • half cup strawberries
  • 1 pear
  • 1.5 cups papaya
  • 1 cup spinach

Pineapple Papaya Smoothie

  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup pineapple
  • 1 cup papaya
  • half cup strawberries

Mango Papaya Smoothie

  • 1 cup almond milk or coconut milk
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup papaya
  • half a mango
  • 1 scoop protein powder (optional)

All of the above recipes make fairly thick and juicy smoothies. If you want your smoothie a little thinner, then add an extra half cup of non-dairy milk or water (or ice).

Papayas have a nice flavor that is neither too milk or too strong. So, you can use quite a bit of it in a smoothie. Some people do not like the flavor in a smoothie, but most do. Just make sure the papaya is fully ripe when you use it. Unripe green papaya is sometimes used in Asia, but I prefer it ripe and soft. If you want the flavor to come out more in the smoothie, use less pineapple and less strawberries in your recipe.

Happy smoothie making!