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How I got my Toddler to Eat | Rainbow Smoothie Recipes

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Getting your Toddler to eat can be a struggle. We’re there. Cash is that Toddler who you must convince to eat every single day. Smoothies are our magic trick in this house!
“There’s a handful of spinach in that sucker…” –says mom to herself as Toddler #1
gleefully trots away
Rainbow Smoothie Recipes: Toddler Lesson for learning colors and strategy for getting your Toddler to EAT!
Perhaps you’ve been keeping up on our struggle and my creative ways for convincing Cash to eat tangible food… but if you’re just joining us, WELCOME! If you too have a Toddler who is on a food strike allow me to give you an internet hug! #thestruggleisreal Fortunately I personally {remember I exist in this house too} love smoothies and make them anyway for myself. Once upon a time Cash mentioned he would like said delicious concoction made from the unholy noise maker too…. Of course buddy! Great idea! {mom pats self on back} I bought my Hooligans their own little smoothie cups to get them all excited and into this whole Smoothie Breakfast routine. Some have made it through to today… others bit the dust early. {Hooligan #2 is a thrower when the straw clogs} If you would like to know how high a thrown purple smoothie can reach when the lid comes off the answer is 8 feet high, to the ceiling, on the white drapes…{thanks Hooligan #2}
Coincidentally, I just so happen to be taking the boys through a RAINBOW mini unit in ToddlerSchool now that the weather is changing. Ta-da! Light bulb! #outsmartingmytoddler
I found these fantastic books by one of my favorite authors, Lois Ehlert. One is  Eating the Alphabet and the other is Planting a Rainbow.

Yes, ma’am, we’re going to get
the Combo Order to-go, please!
Rainbow Smoothie Recipes: Toddler Lesson for learning colors and strategy for getting your Toddler to EAT!

Utilizing my innate Toddler Mom intelligence I decided to combine the two books and present my Hooligans with an “Eating the Rainbow” game plan. Suckers Success!

It was truly a LOT of fun too! We talked about colors, blended colors in the blender, guessed which colors we would get, peeled fruits, did some math with measuring and cutting celery, but most importantly we ATE! Cash ate breakfast and protein and vitamins and minerals EVERY morning! Huge #momwin

Here is our Adventure….

Rainbow Smoothie Recipes: Toddler Lesson for learning colors and strategy for getting your Toddler to EAT!

Chocolate Covered Strawberries {Red}

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Bag frozen
strawberries
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3 scoops chocolate
milk mix
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1.5 cup almond milk
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1 cup vanilla yogurt
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1 cup water
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1 scoop flax
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1 scoop chia
Makes a big batch! 

Rainbow Smoothie Recipes: Toddler Lesson for learning colors and strategy for getting your Toddler to EAT!

Cutie Creamsicle {Orange}

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5 cuties {peeled}
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1/2 cup almond milk
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1/4 almond slices
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1/4 cup orange juice
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1 Cup Vanilla yogurt
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1 scoop flax
The better you peel your cuties the less pulp.
Rainbow Smoothie Recipes: Toddler Lesson for learning colors and strategy for getting your Toddler to EAT!

Peachy Carrot {Yellow}

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1 can of juice onlypeaches
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1 whole banana
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1/2 cup carrot juice
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1 cup vanilla yogurt
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1 scoop flax
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1 scoop chia 

Rainbow Smoothie Recipes: Toddler Lesson for learning colors and strategy for getting your Toddler to EAT!

Kiwi Celery {Green}

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3 Kiwis
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1 handful spinach/kale
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2 stalks of chopped
celery
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1 can of pears
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1 whole banana
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1 cup vanilla yogurt
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1 scoop flax
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1 scoop chia
Rainbow Smoothie Recipes: Toddler Lesson for learning colors and strategy for getting your Toddler to EAT!

Blueberry Pomegranate {Blue}

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1 can crushed pineapple
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1 whole frozen bag of blueberries
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1 cup spinach
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2 cups Pomegranate yogurt
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1 cup vanilla yogurt
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1 scoop flax
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1 scoop chia
Rainbow Smoothie Recipes: Toddler Lesson for learning colors and strategy for getting your Toddler to EAT!

Blackberry Chard {Purple}

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1 can crushed pineapple
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2 cups blackberries
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1 cup+ leafy chard, or purple leafy stuff
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1 cup vanilla yogurt
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1 scoop flax
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1 scoop chia
Rainbow Smoothie Recipes: Toddler Lesson for learning colors and strategy for getting your Toddler to EAT! All of our recipes were actually truly delicious and we have made them over and over
since. We’ve even made a few more! Cash wakes up and even asks me, “What color
are we eating today mom?!”
Eating our way through the Rainbow of colors is fun and is all well and good. However, the main point to focus on here is that the Toddler ATE! And, he enjoyed the action of eating together. Above all else, learning colors in a fun way, composting,
talking about math when we chop fruit and even guessing how our colored fruit
will blend, above all of that… Cash ate breakfast!
My recipes are not approved by the FDA and I am definitely no nutritionist. These are just the recipes that we did together to build our Rainbows. I’m sorry but I cannot
guarantee your Toddler will too love to eat a Rainbow with these recipes. You may notice that I never listed “Magic” as a special ingredient… unfortunately not something I have lying around the kitchen… but this is how I earned my victory over the toddler vs. eating battle. I hope you can too!

You’ll notice that one of my main ingredients I do list a lot is Chia, for Chia Seed. This
is an additive I put in nearly everything I cook to boost the Omega-3 content. You can even snag your own bag below! It is awesome stuff!

Want these recipes in your kitchen? Here is a

 

Just for you! Display it by your blender for Rainbow Smoothie bliss!

 


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