I have rather an unshakeable belief in my toddler’s innate ability to determine what she needs to be eating for optimal health, which may seem counter-intuitive to many parents, other than, perhaps, those who also followed the path of ‘baby-led weaning’.
However, as the months of her tender young life stretch by and all manner of green, root, red, yellow or otherwise vegetables return to the kitchen untouched on her plate (and yes, we’ve tried them cut, prepared and presented all manner of different ways…) I can’t help but feel it may be prudent to indulge in a bit of the old ‘hide the veggies’ trick known to and played by Mums everywhere.
A solid contender for the top prize in this game of subterfuge is a surprisingly delicious and super-wholesome green smoothie. Built on a foundation of yoghurt, milk and banana, the addition of honey, peanut butter and raw cocoa brings natural sweetness, complexity and even more nutritional goodness to that satisfying bunch of greens.
Fair warning though- if you don’t have a good gutsy blender to pulverise those green bits I strongly suggest straining the smoothie before serving, lest you or your little ones’ abhorrence of the ‘gritty bits’ makes this super smoothie snack option a one-time, never-to-be-repeated exercise in futility.
Kale Smoothie (serves 2)
3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup yoghurt
2 TBSP peanut butter
1 TBSP Manuka honey
2 TBSP raw cocoa
1 bunch kale*, washed, stems removed and torn in small pieces
Place all ingredients in a blender in the order they’re listed and process till smooth.
If green flecks remain, you may strain these over a sieve before serving.
* Substitute alternative green leaves according to your preference and availability.