It took a while for my one year old to get the hang of drinking a thick smoothie, and I wished there was a way to get him to have all the benefits of a smoothie "toddler style" (with his hands!) for a while before he was able to drink them.
I finally figured out that I could freeze little smoothie drops and he loves them! They also help alleviate his teething pain. He just picks them up and eats them for dessert, a snack, or an add on to our breakfast menu. It feels so good to know that he is getting his GREENS! He is typically pretty picky with vegetables, and usually makes a face like he's being tortured if anything visibly healthy enters his mouth. Not with these :)
You can make these pretty easily either using your favorite smoothie recipe (and making sure it's pretty thick) or you can use my recipe below.
Side Note: I wouldn't use the Earthbound Farm products nowadays, since they were bought out by White Wave foods who also own Silk and Horizon. They support the NON-labeling of GMO products. Not cool Earthbound Farms, not cool.
Katie's Smoothie Drop Recipe:
1 Cup of kefir
3/4 Cup of frozen kale
3/4 Cup of frozen strawberries
1/4 Cup of frozen blueberries
You can adjust the consistency by adding juice/milk/water/etc to thin it out or more frozen fruit/veggies to make it thicker.
To pipe the smoothie drops, I used a plastic bag. Be sure not to cut the hole in the bag too large like I did below! It came out way too fast!
You'll need some parchment paper and a cookie sheet to freeze them.
They peel off of the parchment paper very easily.
I am so pleased with the way these turned out. I pop a few from time to time myself. They are a snack I feel good about giving my toddler. He eats one and comes right back for another as soon as it's gone. I just wish he wouldn't always let one melt in his right hand while he eats them from his left. I have no idea why he does this. They can be messy in his case!
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