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Kiwi Banana Smoothie

This kiwi banana smoothie is a delicious green smoothie recipe! Made with spinach and almond milk it is both sweet and tart and packed with nutrients. Kids love this refreshing drink, too! Enjoy it for a breakfast on the go or as a healthy snack.

2 cups of kiwi smoothie with a slice of kiwi and a straw in each surrounded by halved kiwis and spinach leaves

For kids who refuse to eat their fruits and veggies, smoothies are a good option to get them introduced to the flavors and get them the nutrients they are missing out on.  Smoothies are, in general, a better option than juice because they include the fiber from the fruits.

If a green smoothie is more terrifying than fun for them, try starting with a mint chocolate smoothie (my pickiest eaters favorite) and then move on to other colors like this pink dragon fruit smoothie.  

bowls of spinach, chopped bananas, halved kiwis, and almond milk

Ingredients

  • kiwi
  • banana, frozen or fresh
  • spinach
  • almond milk

Possible substitutions

You can use any milk you like- soy, almond, coconut, or dairy milk. I generally like to use one of the dairy free options for smoothies. 

Pro tip: For a tropical twist, use pineapple juice instead of the milk!

Other add ins

Depending on my mood I like to add in other ingredients to my smoothies.  Here are a few of my favorites:

  • ¼-½ cup Greek yogurt, any flavor
  • 1 Tablespoon chia seeds
  • 2 Tablespoons oatmeal

The chia seeds and oatmeal can help the smoothie keep its thickness even as it warms.  They are also a nice little nutritional boost.

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a sequence of photos showing spinach, bananas, kiwis, and then milk being added to a blender

FAQ

Can I mix kiwi and milk?

Kiwi can cause milk proteins to break down in dairy when cooked or baked but for smoothie purposes they are just fine.

Do you have to peel a kiwi to eat it?

Nope! Technically the peel is edible although many people dislike the texture of the peel.  Leaving the peel on in the smoothie is just added nutrition.

My favorite way to get the skin off is to cut the kiwi in half and use a spoon to separate the fruit from the peel, similar to what you might do with a mango.

looking down into a blender filled with a smooth light green puree

Top Tips

If your children dislike seeds in their smoothies, blend the kiwis first before adding the remaining ingredients.  This will help the seeds to blend more thoroughly into the mix and be less noticeable.

Once kids become comfortable and excited about smoothies, ask them for their suggestions about fruits to put in the smoothies.  You can swap or add ingredients to their favorite recipes for a lower stress situation for them. 

Making small changes to their favorites is a classic technique for helping picky eaters adapt to new flavors and textures. Check out this podcast episode for more strategies to help kids try new foods.

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Recipe

a person places a kiwi slice onto the rim of a cup full of smoothie

Kiwi Banana Smoothie

This kiwi banana smoothie is delicious as a breakfast on the go or a healthy snack. Made with spinach and almond milk it is both sweet and tart which kids love and it is packed with nutrients which moms love.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 174kcal
Author: Jade Jones

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups spinach
  • 2 medium-sized bananas
  • 2 kiwis
  • ½ cup almond milk

Instructions

  • Add spinach, bananas, kiwi, and milk to a blender and blend until smooth
  • Serve immediately.

Notes

You can use any milk you like- soy, almond, coconut, or dairy milk. I generally like to use one of the dairy free options for smoothies. For a tropical twist, use pineapple juice instead of the milk!
Depending on my mood I like to add in other ingredients to my smoothies. Here are a few of my favorites: ¼-½ cup Greek yogurt, any flavor 1 Tablespoon chia seeds 2 Tablespoons oatmeal

Nutrition

Calories: 174kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 103mg | Potassium: 832mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 2265IU | Vitamin C: 101mg | Calcium: 134mg | Iron: 1mg
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