Smoothies are a great way to incorporate fruits, and perhaps sneak a few vegetables, into your child’s diet. You can vary this recipe with seasonal fruits.  Adding a handful of kale, a sliced cucumber, or a chopped carrot provides a bigger nutritional kick.


  • 1 ripe banana, peeled
  • 3 ripe strawberries OR 1/4 cup blueberries OR 1/4 cup of papaya
  • 1/2 cup of 100% fruit juice, such as apple
  • 1/4 cup of plain OR vanilla yogurt (dairy or soy)
  • 1/2 cup of ice cubes


Place all ingredients in a blender. Process until smooth and creamy. Pour into a covered cup add a straw and serve immediately. This recipe makes two 6-ounce servings.

Age to introduce: Over 12 months