Make-Ahead Smoothies for Toddlers (Zero Waste)
These make-ahead smoothies are perfect for busy moms with picky toddlers. Even better, they’re zero waste and super easy to put together! Make 2 weeks worth of delicious, healthy smoothies in just 10 minutes!
Those of you that follow me on Instagram know there are two main things going on in my life right now:
- My toddler is being extremely picky and I’ve started supplementing with toddler formula just to make sure he’s getting enough calories every day.
- This pregnancy is making me TIRED. Tired and lazy. Or tired and innovative. However you choose to look at it, I’m finding all kinds of ways to make my life easier. Work smarter, not harder, right?
From healthy popsicles, to muffins with hidden veggies, I’ve been doing everything I can to cram in nutrients without my son noticing. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. These smoothies are a total winner!
My toddler used to eat fruits, and that made me happy enough. The last few weeks, though, he’s decided he doesn’t like them anymore.
So, not only did I want to find a way to sneak in some carrots and spinach, I wanted to get him back to eating fruits. Smoothies it is!
Obviously, these make-ahead smoothies can be enjoyed by anyone, not just your toddler. I’ve been drinking them right alongside my son, and it gives me a nice little energy boost to make it through the second half of the day!
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Ingredients For Smoothies for Toddlers
I have to be honest, I don’t have any of these ingredients measured out. I don’t think you should waste your time with measuring cups, either. Just pull out some mason jars and a cutting board, and throw the ingredients in.
The only real note I have about the measurements is pretty self-explanatory: Don’t go overboard on the “yucky” ingredients, like carrots and spinach. Add a good amount of banana and peanut butter because those are both sweet.
Ingredients for Make-Ahead Smoothies
- Peanut Butter
- Mason Jars (preferably wide mouth, but regular mouth work as well)
Make sure you add the fruit at the bottom, and the spinach at the top. It makes it easier to blend when you dump the ingredients in your blender.
Store the jars in the freezer, pulling them out about 5-15 minutes before blending to allow some time to thaw. This makes it much easier to get the ingredients out! Then, add some milk and blend!
How To Store Make-Ahead Smoothies
In case you didn’t know, you can freeze mason jars! Typically it’s better to freeze wide-mouth mason jars, but jars with the shoulder (like those shown in my pictures) are fine as well. You’ll just need to make sure you leave a little extra space at the top so they don’t break.
I’d also like to point out that there’s not a ton of swelling that goes on with these ingredients, so you have less to worry about. Even still, I recommend using these within a couple of weeks.
Have you ever prepared make-ahead smoothies? What are some of your go-to ingredients for you and your kids? Let me know in the comments!
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Some blender attachments actually fit on the mouth of mason jars (I use Hamilton beach) 🙂 I’d probably just shake the frozen ingredients in the jar, then add liquid ingredients, the blender blade lid and blend
My son has a peanut allergy. What would be a substitute for the peanut butter?
Just wanting to clarify, you don’t cook the carrots at all?