Like many preschool-age children, my three and four-year-old boys are quite the picky eaters.
Yes, my kids are the ones handpicking each and every little pea I cleverly try to camouflage into their favorite tortellini and pesto dish and will even discover the tiny hints of banana I try to sneak into a banana bread dessert. Sigh. Wish they were this dedicated when it came to finding their missing shoes during the morning rush.
To say that I need some new tricks up my sleeve is an understatement. Because okay, maybe even I don’t eat all my veggies, but the sweet, tropicial FRUITS?? How can you not eat those??
These days I’ve learned to get a little more creative when it comes to getting them to respond positively to healthy food. Because really, you have to make eating food fun and games to survive with little ones!
With our oldest going through an all-things Frankenstein stage (check out his awesome Halloween costume), I decided a Frankenstein smoothie + my delicious green smoothie recipe would be just what our boys needed to up their health…especially with the dreaded cold and flu season being upon us!
Our Frankensmoothie was thus born!!!
Frankensmoothie Green Recipe
This easy recipe we’ve made before at Christmas (check out the easy mocktail smoothie here), requires just a few essentials:
- 2 cups frozen mangos
- 1 cup frozen pineapples
- 1 banana
- 1-2 cup of spinach
- 2 cups of orange juice
- Add a fun glass and marker to decorate
Once your ingredients are ready, combine in a blender and grind. Liquify to your liking — I like to make sure it isn’t too chunky, yet still retains that “smoothie” texture so my kids think of it more like a water ice.
Then we simply focus on presentation: dress up that cup to make the concoction irresistible.
I went with inexpensive glasses like these that I wouldn’t mind drawing on — you can use a permanent marker or dry-erase one that really gets it done (while also giving you a chance to redo for next week!)
To make the smoothie even more appealing to kids, I dipped the glass rims in organic honey and added chocolate sprinkles for Frankenstein’s “hair”.
Then serve with a straw (every time I add a straw to a drink, my kids are 10x more likely to drink it!)…seriously who knew all it would take is a straw!
My kids were in AWE of this little Frankenstein creation when they laid eyes on it.
But best of all??
They actually LOVED the green smoothie!!! It was a big hit, and MY personal all-time favorite green smoothie recipe to date. This one’s sure to please and make it a little easier to get those nutrient fills!
Ana, a mom to three rambunctious little boys, has supported thousands of women throughout their pregnancy and motherhood journey since 2012 as a prenatal and postpartum educator at MommysBundle.com.