How I Get My Toddler to Eat Spinach

How I Get My Toddler to Eat Spinach

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how to get your toddler to eat spinach! #kids #healthyPopeye was definitely on to something.

Spinach has long been touted as one of the world’s healthiest foods—indeed, calorie for calorie, spinach and other dark leafy greens contain more nutrients than any other food.

A serving of spinach contains a good dose of Vitamin K, which is essential for maintaining bone health, and it’s also a great source of potassium and iron. Additionally, spinach boasts a host of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits.

So of course I want my son to be eating the stuff!

But, as you can imagine, my 19-month-old isn’t exactly jumping up and down with excitement over my raw spinach salad.

How do I get my toddler to eat spinach? By having him drink it instead! Tweet this!

Yep, my little guy is a huge fan of spinach smoothies, also known as “green monsters.”

There are countless variations on the spinach smoothie, but for him I keep it pretty basic.

Toddler-Friendly Green Smoothie

Blend together the following:
2 large handfuls baby spinach
1 cup milk (cow’s, almond, soy, etc.)
1 frozen banana
1 tbsp nut butter (peanut, almond, etc. – optional)

Then sit back and watch your toddler slurp down a full serving of spinach in no time!

Smoothie Collage

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Are you a fan of green smoothies? How do you encourage your kiddo to eat his/her green veggies?

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39 Comments

  1. Valerie
    Mar 24, 2014 @ 06:45:41

    My little boy is 5 now and he’s still not eating spinach although I showed him Popeye on you-tube 🙂
    Thank you for the tip, maybe this will work!

    Reply

  2. Sarah @ Beauty School Dropout
    Mar 24, 2014 @ 07:05:56

    I plan to incorporate more smoothies into our diet now that the weather is (finally? hopefully?) warming up. The last one I got him to drink had greens powder in it — maybe next time I’ll try spinach.

    Reply

  3. Sarah
    Mar 24, 2014 @ 08:08:16

    I do this, too! Nolan loves smoothies and green smoothies turned into popsicles. He also loves roasted broccoli- I think we said they look like trees, and some dinosaurs eat trees :-).

    Reply

    • Katie
      Mar 26, 2014 @ 14:04:34

      Green smoothies turned into popsicles??? I cannot wait to try that!

      Reply

      • Sabriga
        Apr 02, 2014 @ 15:44:36

        that’s exactly what i thought when I read the popsicles idea! what’s better than a yummy smoothie? a green popsicle that toddlers can hold themselves. GREAT idea 🙂

        Reply

  4. Wendy
    Mar 24, 2014 @ 09:46:51

    We love green smoothies here. Susanna will eat nearly any veggie just by mere like or curiosity.

    However when the “there’s no way I’m eating that” body language appears, I turn to one if three strategies: Daddy (who can get her to eat almost anything), letting it go (sometimes it’s not worth it), or hiding it in rice-quinoa-a sauce or soup.

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    • Katie
      Mar 26, 2014 @ 14:03:55

      All good tactics! For some reason Daddy can get Luke to eat almost anything in our household too.

      Reply

  5. Kerry
    Mar 24, 2014 @ 12:41:19

    I’m not such a big fan of spinach either, but of course I want my kids to eat healthy. We’ve really been struggling with the 3 yo. She detests anything green – except for grapes. Worth a try! Thanks!

    Reply

  6. Courtney (@courtneysplza)
    Mar 24, 2014 @ 14:59:17

    Genius!

    Something that has worked for me has been to make myself a plate of something and act like I didn’t want to share because it was SO good. My 5yo (then 2yo) scarfed down my whole bowl of sauteed kale because he had to ask for it three times 🙂

    Reply

    • Katie
      Mar 26, 2014 @ 14:03:07

      Ohhhhhh love that idea! My toddler always wants to eat my food, so this would definitely work.

      Reply

  7. Marnie @ SuperSmartMama
    Mar 24, 2014 @ 15:17:42

    I’ve been meaning to jump on the green monster smoothie bandwagon myself. Maybe I can make two smoothies: one for me and one for my little one!

    Reply

    • Marnie @ SuperSmartMama
      Mar 25, 2014 @ 11:37:41

      Katie, I gave it a try this morning and it worked. My son had a smoothie (with spinach in it!) and he LOVED it.

      Reply

      • Katie
        Mar 26, 2014 @ 14:01:52

        That’s AWESOME!!!

        Reply

  8. katbiggie
    Mar 24, 2014 @ 15:36:56

    I am STILL trying to convince my kids that green smoothies are yummy. I made the mistake the first time of not making it fruity enough, and they won’t try it again. I’m going to have to do a surprise attack, maybe in a container that they can’t see what they are drinking!!

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    • Katie
      Mar 26, 2014 @ 14:02:37

      Yeah, I make sure the banana taste is VERY prominent, haha.

      Reply

  9. tamaralikecamera
    Mar 24, 2014 @ 16:56:07

    I’ll have to try this! Not just for my kids, but for me. I love my greens, but I can’t do spinach!

    Reply

    • Katie
      Mar 26, 2014 @ 14:02:08

      You really can’t taste it in the smoothie!

      Reply

  10. dishofdailylife
    Mar 25, 2014 @ 12:25:04

    That’s awesome! My teenage daughter makes smoothies with kale in them. All my kids like spinach and they have since they were little. I never had an issue with that vegetable. What we do always have an issue with is there being enough spinach to go around. One bag is never enough, it seems like!

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    • Katie
      Mar 26, 2014 @ 14:01:37

      I’m amazed at how fast we go through it, too!

      Reply

  11. Rauney ~ Happy Hair Journey
    Mar 27, 2014 @ 15:11:23

    Yep! That’s how I get my two year old to eat her green leafy veggies too. But she also happens to like salad now so WIN!

    Reply

  12. Abigail McDonald
    Mar 28, 2014 @ 14:01:24

    Great idea! When my oldest son was first introduced to cow’s milk he did not like it at all so I used to make him a banana smoothie, and he’d drink it! I never thought of adding spinach, though. I’ll be trying this with my youngest.

    Reply

  13. Lori Mauger
    Apr 01, 2014 @ 12:36:43

    It’s all about exposure at a young age. Get them to like it as toddlers, and they’ll have good eating habits as adults.

    Reply

  14. Koren
    Apr 01, 2014 @ 15:59:52

    So clever, Katie! I actually use this trick on myself, to sneak a little veggie goodness into my breakfast. 🙂

    Reply

  15. Wendy @ ABCs and Garden Peas
    Apr 02, 2014 @ 09:21:48

    We make green smoothies almost every day! I make one big one, and I share with both kids. When it was really snowy one day and my husband forgot the cream for snow ice cream, we even threw a snowball into our smoothie for fun. Green snowballs were a total win!

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    • Katie
      Apr 02, 2014 @ 13:15:00

      Ohhhh I will remember that for next year!

      Reply

    • Sabriga
      Apr 02, 2014 @ 15:47:46

      green snowballs !?!?!?! Brilliant!

      Reply

  16. Jodi
    Apr 03, 2014 @ 13:43:20

    How awesome is this~ We must try this! Thanks for the recipe! Re-tweeted!

    Reply

  17. Meredith
    Apr 14, 2014 @ 16:48:07

    My kids LOVE those Odwalla juices. I really should be making more green smoothies! I just bought some spinach today, so I’ll have to try it out. Thanks for the recipe and for linking up!!

    Reply

  18. 3 Bros Ringmaster ~ Tracey Goss
    Apr 14, 2014 @ 16:57:29

    Yummy! I will be sharing this on Facebook later this evening! Thanks for the recipe!

    Reply

  19. saha
    Apr 25, 2014 @ 07:39:10

    Hi
    Let alone spinach, my niece hates anything remotely green. My sister is really worried about her eating habits. And this little monster has such a good sense of smell that she picks every single leaf out of anything.
    Is there any way we can hide this green color and still make her eat veggies?

    Thanks in Advance

    Reply

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    Both my kids love peas straight out of the freezer

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  24. Dessie
    Jan 01, 2016 @ 16:36:46

    I’m loving green smoothies! It’s a great and tasty way to get a lot more nutrients in your diet! Does this smoothie recipe make one or two servings?

    Reply

    • Katie M. McLaughlin
      Jan 01, 2016 @ 17:38:19

      Just one, though it’s usually too much for my kid to finish, so we share!

      Reply

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