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Top Kid-Friendly Fruits and Veggies for Rawkin’ Green Smoothies

Want your kids (or kids-at-heart) to eat more fruits and veggies? Well, then look no further. We’ve road-tested these fruits, veggies, and nut butters with our own kiddos and rawkstar community to find out their faves and listed them here for you.

Not only do most kids love these 7 ingredients, but they are so healthy they won’t even miss those sugar-packed snacks.


7 Kid-Friendly Fruits and Veggies for Smoothies

Berries: Berries taste fantastic, are available all year round (in the freezer section during the winter months), and brighten up any kid-friendly smoothie. Adding a handful (or a cup) naturally sweetens your green smoothie as well as providing energy, vitamin c and fiber. Here’s the top 5 berries to rawk your green smoothies.

Fresh Squeezed Orange and Apple Juice: When you squeeze your own fruit juices, not only do you get more health benefits by drinking them right away, but most kids (like mine!) think they taste so good that they’re getting a special treat. Adding fruit juices as a base to your green smoothies naturally sweetens them—making them more “acceptable” to little ones or new green smoothie drinkers.

Baby Spinach and Kale: Baby leafy greens tend to have a more mild flavor than their “larger” buddies. You can find baby spinach, baby kale or baby bok choy in most grocery stores and adding these to your green smoothies will help them taste less “green.” Here’s a list of 13 leafy greens to add to your blenders.

Tropical Fruits – Bananas, Pineapple, MangoSome of the most potent natural sweeteners, tropical fruits add an amazing amount of creaminess and sweetness to your green smoothies—not to mention they taste fantastic! If you want to make a kid-friendly green smoothie, just add a banana, a cup of pineapple, or even some mango to mask any smoothie that tastes a like lawn clippings. For 4 ways to naturally sweeten your green smoothies, check out this post.

Grapes: Grapes are a wonderful natural sweetener that pack a healthy punch. If you want a fun and naturally sweet treat, freeze grapes and eat them as a snack. Otherwise, add them to your green smoothie for a flavorful boost, or add them frozen to give your smoothie a chill!

Apples: Almost every kid loves apples, and they are loaded with fiber and vitamins that are good for the eyes and immune system. Available year round in most areas, apples are highly accessible and lovable. I’d even be willing to bet that your doctor would recommend them!

Nut/Seed Butters: Looking for a way to add healthy fats and protein to your green smoothies all while making them taste more like desserts? Try adding a couple tablespoons of nut or seed butters to turn any green smoothie into a rich and healthy treat. They are clever in masking any overly “green” tasting smoothie and make them taste fabulous!

Try experimenting with all of these ingredients to see which ones your kids love the most—maybe even let them make their own concoctions! Once you find a few things that they love, never let your fridge or cupboards run low on them. Check our green smoothie tips for kids here. Each of these ingredients are nutritious and tasty ways to involve your kids in the healthy eating lifestyle!

What nutritious ingredients are you keeping stocked for your kids’ green smoothies? Tell us below!


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  1. Sarah

    January 1st, 2014 at 9:21 am

    I love green smoothies!

  2. Jadah and Jen

    January 2nd, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    Yay, Sarah! 🙂

  3. Heidi

    January 1st, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    Can I use PB2 instead of peanut butter?

  4. Jadah and Jen

    January 2nd, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    Hi Heidi,
    Not sure what pb2 is but you can sub in any nut/seed butter you like. 🙂

  5. Melissa Rau

    January 3rd, 2014 at 9:19 am

    Will the following weeks have smoothies with more veggies? I am trying to lose my baby weight and don’t want to have too much sugar from the fruits.

  6. Jadah and Jen

    January 3rd, 2014 at 11:58 am

    Hi Melissa!
    We aren’t quite experts with veggie smoothies… Here are a few veggie options we have found and like:


  7. Cheryl

    January 3rd, 2014 at 11:39 am

    Any tips on squeezing oranges for orange juice? this week I used my lemon juicer device (hand held) and had a tough time getting 1 cup of juice, I think I went thru at least 4 oranges. — next weeks recipes, I will need 3 cups of oj.

    also, is it ok to squeeze and store the oj in a sealed jar so it’s ready to go on the day I need it?

  8. Jadah and Jen

    January 3rd, 2014 at 11:59 am

    Yes! Squeeze and store to make it easier 🙂 Try getting some larger oranges for juicing. They tend to work a bit better than the smaller, sweeter versions.

  9. Erika

    January 6th, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    My three year old loves it when I make a smoothie with beets, the color is awesome. Carrots have been easy to sneak in as well. Seems like most fruits are a hit. If a smoothie comes out a little less than palatable, adding a banana tends to even out the taste a little.

  10. Jadah and Jen

    January 7th, 2014 at 7:41 am

    That’s a good tip, Erika, to add a banana if it tastes a bit funky. Thanks for sharing!

  11. lui

    January 8th, 2014 at 11:26 am

    Yesterday was my first time making green smoothies. We LOVED it!! My 8 year old son even had 2 glasses. This morning when I offered him breakfast he asked if I could make him a green smoothie instead. He’s now requested that I make green smoothies every morning 🙂

  12. Jadah and Jen

    January 8th, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    That’s so neat, Lui! Thanks for sharing, and we hope you both keep enjoying green smoothies!

  13. Lauren

    January 9th, 2014 at 8:47 am

    Hi, I gave you guys my email to get some free green smoothie ideas, and didn’t realize I signed up to drink green smoothies everyday, but I already loved drinking green smoothies even before I found you guys! I am actually a teen, but really into nutrition so I was looking for some green smoothie recipes–when I found you both! I am not sure I can make one everyday, but I certainly want too! I just love green smoothies! This morning, I made one of your green smoothies that had spinach, coconut water, avocado, and frozen pineapple–it was so good! Thanks for all the tips and free recipes!

  14. Jadah and Jen

    January 10th, 2014 at 9:40 am

    Not to worry, Lauren! Hope you enjoy the recipes whenever you blend them!

  15. Melissa Rau

    January 9th, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    What about smoothie with carrots or cucumbers?

  16. Jadah and Jen

    January 10th, 2014 at 9:40 am

    You can do either of those! Check out these links 🙂



  17. eleonora

    January 15th, 2014 at 5:21 am

    hi, i love drink smoothies! and you really rock!
    i have a question: im pregnant 16 weeks now and i like to know if there are some better smoothies for me and if i should avoid,like some spices.. thank’s

  18. Jadah and Jen

    January 15th, 2014 at 8:39 am

    Check out this page, Eleonora!


  19. Chavon Cortez

    January 22nd, 2014 at 9:43 am

    Hi Ladies!
    I just stumbled upon this when looking for yummy recipes for my toddler. He LOVES fruit…so thats half the battle….but he doesn’t like ANY veggies except for sweet potatoes and broccoli. I made him a delicious smoothie the other day and he saw the color and shook his head “no”. How can I make a healthy green smoothie without the color being green?
    Thanks in advance for your help! I know he would love them if I could just get him to drink them. Then this mama wouldn’t be so worried about the veggie intake.


  20. Jadah and Jen

    January 23rd, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    Adding berries really helps out with the color. Anything, really, that has a strong color will work. 🙂

  21. afke

    February 6th, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    add a little slice of beet to your base of blueberries or strawberries to maintain a clean red colour.

  22. Paula

    September 16th, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    We call Green Smoothies in our house “Kermit the frog smoothies”, they are loved by all. The greener the colour the better.

  23. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    September 17th, 2014 at 5:39 am

    🙂 RAWsome! Love the name!

  24. Sherry

    April 27th, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    What nut butters and protein sources are safe for a 3 year old who doesn’t have any known allergies? Just trying to make smoothies that are good for both of us. Thanks!

  25. SGS Rawkstar Dan

    April 28th, 2014 at 8:48 am

    Have you checked out this page, yet, Sherry?


  26. Winnie Dalisay

    March 31st, 2015 at 11:26 am

    Hello Jadah and Jen! I am very much excited to join this challenge and tomorrow will be the first day to do it!

  27. SGS Rawkstar

    March 31st, 2015 at 7:10 pm

    Winnie, we’re so excited to have you blendin’ with us! Cheers 🙂

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