3 Smoothies for Picky Eaters

My daughter is a picky eater.  

 

Doesn’t like milk.

 

Is picky about meat.

 

So protein intake and weight are an issue.

 

She’s always been this way.   

 

Even still now at nearly 13. 

 

Even though her brothers aren’t picky at all.

 

Her growth is consistent, yet she’s still only just cracked 50 pounds!  

 

She’s beginning to look like a giraffe.  Don’t even get me started on trying to find pants that can fit her waist, but not be 3 inches too short.

 

Though I have to admit, genetics is a big part of it, speaking from all 100 pounds of me, LOL

 

So we’re on a mission together to gain some weight. 

 

Try one of these nutritious, delicious protein packed smoothies to help your picky eater gain weight.

 

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These protein-packed weight gaining smoothies is one of the things we’re doing.

 

The boys are joining in too.  Not because they’re picky, but to have a good start to the day rather than fill up on simple carbs like bagels or cereal.

 

To make sure we got the most out of it, these smoothies needed to taste great and still have a high amount of protein.

 

I also didn’t want to use a weight gain product since these types of powders aren’t regulated for safety and are geared toward adult bodybuilders, not kids.  

 

While researching ideas of what I could add for protein I came across great additions like ricotta cheese, peanut butter, and nuts.  

 

I ended up choosing Greek yogurt over ricotta for a much higher protein content.   

 

We like Cabot Greek Lowfat Vanilla Bean. 

 

While the plain flavor has less fat and way less sugar we like the vanilla bean since we also like to have it as a snack and well it just tastes better. 

 

In our case since we are focusing on weight gain, the extra fat isn’t an issue.  But for those worried about the sugar content, plain is great for the smoothies.

 

While the kids like peanut butter, it wasn’t their favorite in the smoothie, even a little took over the taste.

 

In the past, I have added Carnation Instant Breakfast to bulk up the protein and vitamins.   Sometimes I’ve added a whole packet, othertimes just a few tablespoons.

 

One blog gave me the best idea yet.  It recommended grinding up old fashion oats in the blender to create a powder. 

 

I recently bought a new multigrain instant hot cereal to try and I have to say it was horrible.  It was made up of oats, barley, wheat, rye, quinoa, and flax seeds. 

 

I had only used one pouch and knew if I wasn’t going to eat it, no way was anyone in my house going to.  So into the blender it went. This is the one we have.

 

Now I had a perfect powder to add to the smoothie

 

Once we run out, I will be getting this whole grain cereal to grind up.

 

It didn’t alter the taste but provided a ton of nutrients from the whole grains that the kids would have otherwise never benefited from including a ton of fiber.  And another boost of protein.

 

Something else I’ve been sneaking into each one is just a few pieces of avocado.  Again, we don’t like it, but the benefit is in there without tasting it.

 

For liquids, I add either juice, milk or water. 

 

For extra calories, since we are talking about weight gain and picky eaters, juices and milk products are great additions. 

 

Whether cow’s milk, almond milk or even coconut milk they boost calories and can be added even if your kids don’t like them they won’t even taste it. 

 

If you’re concerned about too much sugar you can cut it with water or just stick to water only.  

 

To make it all easier we use frozen fruits.  You could buy all fresh and then chop it up and freeze for convenience. 

 

I found that waiting for fruits to be at their best was a way for me to miss the window and end up wasting it.  So I just buy frozen.

 

Living where it’s cold most of the year doesn’t make it cost effective anyway.  Flash frozen at the time of picking is probably also the most nutritious.

 

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For smoothies on the go, we like these pouches.  It makes a great addition to picky eater lunch boxes or to bring along when evening activities get in the way of dinner.

 

Make and freeze ahead of time to just grab and go.

 

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Since we have the blender shown above, I put the ingredients into the 16oz smoothie cup., it has its own blade and fits directly onto the motor. This is awesome for clean up, super easy and quick.   

 

Depending on how many kids you have and how many flavors you need to make, it does come with two smoothie cups and the cover fits a straw, for even less clean up.

 

Since it’s so thick and filling, one 16 oz cup makes enough smoothie for all three kids.  Although I think for many school-age kids this might be really only enough for two kids. 

 

Tropical Smoothie 

  • 3/4 cup Pineapple chunks
  • 3/4 cup Mango chunks
  • 2 Tbsp. Multi-grain powder or Vanilla Carnation Instant Breakfast
  • 1/4 Cup Vanilla Bean Greek Yogurt
  • 1 Cup Orange Juice 
  • 1/2 Cup Water (add a bit  more after blending if too thick)

 

Blueberry Banana Smoothie

  • 1/2 Banana
  • 1 Cup Blueberries
  • 2 Tbsp Multi-grain powder or Vanilla Carnation Instant Breakfast
  • 1/4 Cup Vanilla Bean Greek Yogurt
  • 1 1/2 cup Milk or Water (add a bit  more after blending if too thick)

 

Strawberry Banana Smoothie

  • 1/2 Banana
  • 1 Cup Strawberries
  • 2 Tbsp Multi-grain powder or Vanilla Carnation Instant Breakfast
  • 1/4 Cup Vanilla Bean Greek Yogurt
  • 1 1/2 Cup Milk or Water (add a bit  more after blending if too thick)

 

The kids are mostly having these for breakfast.  If you’re really looking to add some weight to your kid, use them as a snack in addition to meals.

 
What’s your picky eaters favorite smoothie?

 

 

Try these protein packed smoothies for your picky eater. Nutritious, delicious and packed with protein for weight gain.

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