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3 Gut-Friendly Spring Smoothies for Kids

Published May 23, 2024

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As spring blooms, it's the perfect time to introduce fresh, nutrient-packed smoothies into your little ones' diets. Not only are smoothies a delicious way to hydrate and nourish, but they can also be tailored to support gut health. Let's explore three gut-friendly spring smoothie recipes that are not only delicious but also provide your little one with  essential nutrients for optimal digestion.

Berry Blast Smoothie

Ingredients (Serves 2):

  • 1 cup mixed berries (such as strawberries, blueberries, raspberries)

  • 1 ripe banana

  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt

  • 1/2 cup spinach leaves

  • 1/2 cup milk of your choice 

  • 1 scoop Daily Growing Up Prebiotics 

  • Ice cubes (optional)

Instructions:

Blend all ingredients until smooth and creamy. Adjust consistency by adding more almond milk if needed. Serve immediately.

Tropical Paradise Smoothie

Ingredients (Serves 2)

  • 1 cup pineapple chunks

  • 1 ripe mango, peeled and diced

  • 1/2 cup coconut milk or milk of your choice 

  • 1/2 cup plain unsweetened kefir

  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds

  • Juice of 1 lime

  • 1 scoop Daily Growing Up Prebiotics 

  • Ice cubes (optional)

Instructions:

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Add more coconut milk if a thinner consistency is desired. Pour into glasses, garnish with a slice of lime, and serve immediately. 

Green Goddess Smoothie

Ingredients (Serves 2):

  • 1 ripe avocado

  • 1 ripe banana

  • 1 cup baby spinach

  • 1/2 cup cucumber, chopped

  • 1/2 cup coconut water

  • 1 scoop Daily Growing Up Prebiotics 

  • Juice of 1 lemon

  • Handful of fresh mint leaves

  • Ice cubes (optional)

Instructions:

Blend all ingredients until creamy and well combined. Adjust sweetness with a drizzle of honey if desired. Pour into glasses, garnish with a sprig of mint, and serve immediately. 

Gut-Friendly Benefits

These spring smoothie recipes are not only delicious but also packed with nutrients that support gut health:

  • Berries are rich in antioxidants and fiber, promoting healthy digestion and gut microbiota diversity (1).

  • Tropical fruits like pineapple and mango contain enzymes that aid digestion and provide prebiotic fiber for beneficial gut bacteria (2).

  • Green vegetables such as spinach and cucumber are high in fiber, vitamins, and minerals that support gut motility and overall digestive health (3).

Summary

Spring smoothies are a delicious and nutritious way to support gut health in kiddos, featuring ingredients like berries, tropical fruits, and green vegetables that promote digestive wellness. 

References

  • Gibson, G. R., & Roberfroid, M. B. (1995). Journal of Nutrition, 125(6), 1401-1412.
  • Cardona, F., et al. (2013). Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition, 53(9), 975-988.
  • Cani, P. D., & Van Hul, M. (2015). Gut, 64(2), 199-201.
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