Sometimes parents have to embrace their inner undercover chef in order to hide the health in their kids meals. Let's just say a little trickery never hurt anybody.
A great way to do so is by adding nutritional value to a quick and easy breakfast smoothie for kids on the go.
One way to add value is with a good balance of fruit and vegetables. The perfect balance makes for a sweet but healthy treat that will be sure to fool any little one. The sweetness from the fruit disguises any trace of the nutritious content provided by the greens.
Check out some easy smoothie flavor combos below!
Now if you don't want to deceive too much, you can always make a visibly green smoothie. But it seems more often than not, the less the kids see, the better.
Another undercover health secret is to add superfood seeds to your smoothie. Chia, flax or hemp are all dietary additions that go unnoticed, which just adds to their charm.
Chia seeds are high in omega-3 fatty acids and are a great way to serve your kids their daily intake without all the fussiness of having to force feed them a fishy-tasting horse pill. Chia seeds also contain an abundance of antioxidants, protein, and calcium. Check out the infographic below for chia seeds benefits plus some foods you can add the seeds to!
Hemp is a rich source of protein, containing about 10 grams of protein per ounce and, according to the USDA, has a protein content of 20 percent. This seed, similar to chia, also provides necessary minerals including magnesium, iron, Vitamin E, zinc, and potassium, which can compliment your children's vitamin intake.
Flax seeds are most commonly known to aid the digestive system. Because the seeds don't break down during consumption, it is very important to note that in order to fulfill their potential, the seeds should be pre-ground before ingesting. The seeds also contain lignans - important antioxidants - and have even been proven by the National Center for Biotechnology to help lower high blood pressure and cholesterol.
Adding seeds to your breakfast smoothies and even topping them off with a sprinkle allows your kids to reap all the supplementary nutrients without grumbling at what their healthy meal looks like.