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How to get more greens into your toddler


By Caitlin Murphy

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Do you need to get your child to eat more vegetables? You're not alone.

I was the type of pregnant woman who made a point of eating broccoli once a week so that my amniotic fluid was infused with vegetable flavour and my baby would be born loving broccoli.

How naive we are when our babies are just bumps! And oh, how cooperative our babies are when they are still inside of us. Fast forward eighteen months and my toddler will not eat vegetables.

He used to devour cucumbers.  He used to munch on carrots. Now I can’t even get him to eat mashed potato and he even turns his nose up at avocado!

I’m not a huge fan of hiding vegetables in things, but desperate times call for desperate measures.

Enter the spinach smoothie.

My toddler loves them.

I started off with a favourite fruit smoothie recipe and simply added a few handfuls of spinach to the mix. To my surprise my toddler could not get enough.

My next effort was made entirely of green things and involved about six handfuls of spinach. My toddler said, “more, more!

The current step involves ramping up the intensity of these green smoothies and experimenting with adding zucchini and avocado.

I do also give my boy raw steamed and roasted vegetables.  It’s my hope that one day he might actually put some of these vegetables in his mouth.  After all the kid eats dirt and surely roasted sweet potato tastes better than dirt!

In the meantime I will keep serving up green smoothies and confidently telling my mothers’ group, “Oh yes, he just LOVES spinach!

So here’s the secret formula – two toddler-friendly smoothie recipes that have meant that my toddler is now eating greens.

Note: Both of these recipes make an entire blender of smoothie (about four adult serves).  We drank three serves immediately and froze the remainder. If your toddler is anything like mine, drinking a smoothie is a full body experience and tends to be messy so I would recommend serving these smoothies outside. As these smoothies are full of little bits of spinach that are the perfect size to get stuck in your teeth, it is probably best for mummy to enjoy them with a straw – I learned this the hard way!

Tropical Green Smoothie


  • 1 banana
  • 1 mango
  • 1/2 a pineapple
  • 4 handfuls of spinach
  • 1/2 can coconut milk (you could use any milk or juice)
  • ice


  • Roughly chop the fruit.
  • Put the fruit, spinach, coconut milk and ice in your blender.
  • Blend until smooth.

Really Green SmoothieIngredients:

  • 1 banana
  • 2 handfuls green grapes
  • 3 kiwis
  • 1 pear, skin on
  • 6 handfuls of spinach
  • ice


  • Roughly chop the fruit.
  • Put the fruit, spinach and ice in your blender.
  • Blend until smooth.

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Caitlin Murphy is a Registered Nurse by day, the blogger Mother Down Under by night and a mother to her gorgeous toddler twenty-four seven! Since giving birth to her son, Caitlin has been reexamining her life and has been focusing on balancing modern ideas with living in a simpler, slower, more pure and wholesome fashion.