In my opinion there is no better way to start the day than with a smoothie! They are so refreshing, leave you feeling light and they are such an easy way to pack a mass amount of nutrients into one meal! When I had my kiddos and they started eating solids, smoothies became my breakfast best friend because they were something I could whip up super quickly and have my kids feeling like they were drinking milkshakes, when really they were drinking superfoods and vegetables!
Also since I didn’t want to give my kids cows milk when they turned one years old smoothies that still provide them with plenty of calories, fats and plant based protein have been a great option! Plus I love that these smoothies provide my kids with even more minerals, fiber and antioxidants than they would be getting from cows milk without any of the negative side effects that can come with drinking cows milk!
So whether this smoothie is for you or for your kiddos it is a great way to nourish your body and start the day right! I hope you enjoy it!
HEATLHY VEGAN PEANUT BUTTER CHOCOALTE SMOOTHIE
1 cup ice cubes
1/2 - 1 whole banana depending on how sweet you want it
1 cup coconut or other non dairy milk (more if you want it less thick)
3 pitted dates
1/2 cup spinach (I keep mine in the freezer)
1 spoonful natural peanut butter or almond butter (about 1 tblsp)
2 tblsp cocoa powder
A dash of cinnamon
1 tblsp hemp seeds
1 tsp chia seeds
1/2 tblsp coconut oil (optional)
1 scoop collagen peptides if you want more protein (optional)
Put everything into a high powered blender (I’m obsessed with my vitamix), blend and ENJOY!
For my three kiddos ages 4, 2.5 and 1 I double this recipe (besides I do about 3 tblsp cocoa powder only and add more full fat coconut milk) and they split it between the three of them. The one year old gets a smaller cup than the other two.
If you are really in a pinch these pre-made packets can be great for a grab and go meal replacement. They are one of my favorite tasting dairy free shake options but if you are making them for the whole family they can add up in price pretty quickly so I like making my own, especially for my kiddos.