Thick, creamy, and oh-so-kid friendly, this chocolate spinach smoothie is packed with healthy ingredients both big and little kids love!
Why You’ll Love This Chocolate Spinach Smoothie
While I’m not one for hiding veggies on kids besides the pureed stage of feeding babies, I’m all for smoothies. Why? They are convenient, full of nutrition if you add the right stuff, and they are a great way to get an extra serving or two of veggies, fruit, and dairy into your child’s diet.
I don’t know about you, but some days I think my kids should be eating three smoothies a day based on what actually gets eaten off their plates. Does that mean I stop serving the solid green veggies? Nope. It just means the broccoli on the floor doesn’t bother me so much if I know the day before they gobbled down this chocolate spinach smoothie.
Do not take this chocolate spinach smoothie as a recommendation to liquefy all fruits and veggies for your children [unless you medically need to do that for them]. While it’s an easy recipe to make, nothing beats exposing your kids to the “real deal,” aka broccoli, spinach, kale, etc.
Notes & Tips on this Smoothie
This smoothie is not very sweet. But I tried to sweeten it as naturally as possible with yogurt and fruit. Add more if you like it sweeter.
My little secret for making my green smoothies even better: dark chocolate cocoa powder.
What’s In This Smoothie
- Milk (1 cup) – I used fat-free milk
- Spinach (1 1/2 cups) – I used fresh, frozen works too.
- Banana (1 medium) – peeled; frozen or fresh
- Vanilla Yogurt (1/2 cup) – I used Greek yogurt. You can use another type of yogurt if you want.
- Blueberries (1/2 cup) – I used frozen, but fresh is good too.
- Dark Chocolate Cocoa Powder (1 1/2 tablespoons) – I used Hershey’s – regular cocoa powder works just as well.
- Vanilla (1 teaspoon)
- Ice to taste
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This may also be helpful if you have little ones! —> How To Make Kid-Friendly Smoothies
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- 1 cup fat-free milk
- ½ cup vanilla yogurt
- 1 ½ tablespoons dark chocolate cocoa powder [I used Hershey’s—regular cocoa powder works just as well]
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ½ cup frozen blueberries
- 1 medium banana, peeled
- 1 ½ cups fresh spinach
- Ice to taste
- Place all ingredients in a high-speed blender. Puree until smooth.
- Add a handful or two of ice if you’d like your smoothie extra thick and cold. Pulse again until smooth.
- Pour into a glass and immediately.
Oh yum, this looks delicious! I’m a hug fan of smoothies for my daughter and I to get in a little extra veggies for both of us. I wouldn’t have thought to add chocolate to a spinach smoothie, but I’ll have to try this out!
Katie | Healthy Seasonal Recipes says
I love that you mentioned that we should’t hide all veggies. I agree and I am also in favor of getting veggies in whenever possible. So I give this two thumbs up!
Sonali- The Foodie Physician says
I love this! I agree that smoothies are a great way to get in an extra serving of fruit or veggies in. Sienna is a huge chocolate fan so I will definitely be trying this one!
Kristen Chang says
Works for my husband too, right? K thanks 🙂
Rachel @ Delicious Balance says
I love smoothies in the morning…perfect way to start on my five-a-day 🙂
Hi!:) Great smoothie idea, I loved it.
Although, I did change a few things around. I did this for a reason and if
you take just 45 mins of your time to watch this video, I’m sure you’ll
know what and why I made these changes.
RONEE DARBY says
So excited to try this for my daughter!!! Thank you!!!
You are so welcome!!
I found this through Pinterest. Just made it for my girls. They drank it! I’ve been making green smoothies for a long time and trying to get them to like them, but they just don’t… maybe someday. Then this morning I thought about adding chocolate. Thank you so much! They got a serving of spinach without knowing it. LOVE IT. I did add a scoop of chocolate protein powder, still turned out great. Thank you!!!
Crystal Kayla says
Hello, any suggestions for what I might add for subbing the yoghurt? We are intolerant to Casein 🙂 thanks
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