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High Fiber Broccoli Smoothie Recipe for Kids
January 13, 2015 | Home >Healthy Kids >High Fiber Broccoli Smoothie Recipe for Kids

High Fiber Broccoli Smoothie Recipe for Kids

This High Fiber Broccoli Smoothie Recipe is an easy way to add more fiber to your kids diet!

Some days it’s hard to get much fiber into the kids. This can definitely be a problem, as fiber is essential for good digestion.  Kids fiber needs vary from kid to kid, but a good rule of thumb is 5+ their age.  So, if I have a 5 year old, 10 grams of fiber per day is a good guideline.

High Fiber Broccoli Smoothie. A high fiber smoothie, perfect for summer breakfast!

Fiber has a lot of health benefits besides just helping with constipation:

  • Fiber slows digestion so the glucose can enter the bloodstream more slowly; helps to control blood sugars.
  • Helps prevent overeating because you feel full and helps maintain a healthy weight.
  • Can help lower cholesterol
  • Helps maintain bowel health

What is fiber?

Dietary fiber includes all parts of plant foods that your body can’t digest or absorb. Unlike other food components, such as fats, proteins or carbohydrates — which your body breaks down and absorbs — fiber isn’t digested by your body. Instead, it passes relatively intact through your digestive track.

Including a lot of fiber in your diet is definitely a healthy way to eat.  You can find it in a variety of foods, such as:

  • Broccoli (3 grams for  cup)
  • Cherries (3 grams per cup)
  • Banana (3 grams for 1 medium banana)
  • Avocado ( 14 grams for 1 avocado!)
  • Flax meal (1/4 cup ground flax, 7 grams of fiber)

So, we put all these fiber rich foods into a smoothie!  If you haven’t used broccoli in a smoothie before, you really can’t taste it with the flavors of the fruit.  It is however helpful to have a really good blender so you don’t have broccoli florets, or chunks that won’t fit through your straw.

High Fiber Broccoli Smoothie. A high fiber smoothie, perfect for summer breakfast!
High Fiber Broccoli Smoothie. A high fiber smoothie, perfect for summer breakfast!

High Fiber Broccoli Smoothie Recipe for KidsGive this smoothie a try!  Let us know what your kids think!

High Fiber Broccoli Smoothie Recipe for Kids

Serves: 1
Serving Size: 2 cups
  • Nutrition per serving   % daily value
  • Calories: 1465 73%
  • Fat: 93 g 143%
  • Carb: 143 g 48%
  • Fiber: 63 g 252%
  • Protein: 39 g 78%
  • Sugar: 64 g

Ingredients

  • 1 cup – cherries
  • 1 cup chopped – broccoli
  • 1 fruit – AVOCADO
  • 1 medium – banana
  • 1 tbsp, ground – flaxseed, ground
  • 1 cup – pomegranate juice

Directions

  • Blend all ingredients in a high powered blender and drink!

Nutrition Facts

  • Nutrition per serving % daily value
  • Calories: 1465 73%
  • Fat: 93 g 143%
  • Carb: 143 g 48%
  • Fiber: 63 g 252%
  • Protein: 39 g 78%
  • Sugar: 64 g
written by
Amy Roskelley

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Comments(13)
Randy says:

I just made this smoothie for my kids. It came out a little more brown than in the photo and thick but they seemed to like the flavor and they drank some. I am putting the rest in the fridge and will see if they will have more for a snack tomorrow.

I haven’t ever tried broccoli in a smoothie before. My older kids love it, but this might be a good way to get my picky 3 year old to eat it.

Kimberly says:

I have a good ninja blender but the smoothie was chunky and not at all like the picture.

Broccoli in smoothie ? Never tried. I’ll try it tomorrow.

sarah says:

we have tried this twice. first time was like a brown thickshake. second time I put in extra cherries and a cup of ice. Consistency like pouring yoghurt and was definitely purple! next time will try with a few more cherries and a splash more juice. YUM!

Sara says:

Do I steam the broccoli first?

We used raw broccoli Sara.

anna says:

I made half a portion of this and my son drank the whole thing. He kept asking for more!!!! What a great recipe! Nice sneaky way to get the kids to eat things they wouldn’t eat normally

Hooray! Love that Anna!

I tried this but replaced the flax with chia, replaced the cherries with a whole apple (sans seeds), and replaced the juice with flavored water. Also used frozen organic broccoli. The avocado was also frozen (processed by me and frozen a few months ago). I put the frozen items right in the Blendtec. You can’t taste the veggies at all. Turned out great, if you don’t have any aversion to apples or bananas. It was a hit with one out of two kids, but only the one had wanted a smoothie at the time. With other replacements I’m sure she’d love it. Both are picky eaters.

That’s awesome! Thanks for sharing!

Asonye Chidinma says:

Won’t you cook the broccoli first before blending? I want to try it.

We used it raw and it blended well. If your blender isn’t very powerful, perhaps softening the broccoli first is a good idea!

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