15 Healthy Smoothies for Picky Eaters

Smoothies are an ideal way to pack in antioxidants, fiber, protein, and essential micronutrients. These healthy smoothies for picky eaters disappear quickly!

green smoothies.

How to Make a Healthy Smoothie:

A smoothie is only as healthy as the ingredients that go into it. For the most nutritional bang for your buck, aim for whole foods and avoid refined sugar.

Try to add the following elements to your smoothies:

  • Protein – Protein is essential for bone health, keeps you full, and boosts your metabolism. Hemp hearts, Greek yogurt, nut butter, soy milk, protein powder, and rolled oats add high-quality protein to smoothies!
  • Fiber – Fiber is important for gut health and feeds the healthy bacteria in your gut to reduce inflammation. Avocadoes, raspberries, and oats are a good source of fiber.
  • AntioxidantsAntioxidants protect your cells from damage caused by free radicals, which reduces the risk of various cancers and diseases! Fruits and veggies are packed with them.
  • Heart-healthy fatsMonounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats can improve cholesterol levels and decrease the risk of heart disease. Nuts and avocadoes are a good source of heathy fats.
a small bowl of frozen berries.

Importance of a good blender:

It’s easy to sneak healthy, nutrient-dense ingredients into a smoothie because everything gets blended up anyway!

That being said, a high-quality blender with at least a 900 watt motor is ideal. High-powered blenders pulverize greens, veggies, and nuts into a smooth texture. Regular blenders don’t and the result is a gritty mouthfeel, not the best for picky eaters!

I highly recommend a Vitamix if it’s in your budget. Don’t worry if it’s not, most budget-friendly brands carry high-speed models. I also have a Ninja that I love and it cost 1/5 of the price of a Vitamix.

Sneaky Ingredients for Picky Eaters:

Fruit smoothies are easy to customize! Here’s a few ingredients I like to add to my smoothies for a nutritional boost:

a bowl of hemp hearts with a spoon in it.
  • Hemp hearts – Hemp hearts are soft compared to chia seeds. They don’t add much texture but they boast omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids plus plant-based protein.
  • Baby spinachBaby spinach has a mild flavor and tender leaves that pulverize easily. Pair it with sweet fruit and citrus to completely disguise the taste.
  • Greek yogurt – One cup of nonfat Greek yogurt boasts 23 grams of filling protein. It taste great in all types of smoothies – fruit, chocolate, and green.
  • Rolled oats – Add 1/4 cup of rolled oats for whole grains and protein.
  • Raspberries – One cup of raspberries contain 8 grams of fiber! And they pair well with ALL fruits. Raspberry pineapple is a fave!
  • Nut butter – Peanut butter tastes great in SO many kinds of smoothies, not just chocolate! Try it with strawberries, bananas, blueberries, or even greens.

Smoothies for Picky Eaters:

Here’s 15 delicious smoothies my picky eaters love!

1. Blueberry Banana Spinach Smoothie

blueberry banana smoothie

This blueberry smoothie is refreshing and bright with sneaky ingredients like spinach and hemp hearts.

A splash of passion fruit juice adds a punch of sweetness! Look for 100% juice with no added sugar. I used Cere’s brand. You can find it in the non-refrigerated juice aisle.

2. High Fiber Smoothie

strawberry raspberry smoothie

My extremely picky 6 year old loves this strawberry raspberry smoothie! It does have texture from the rolled oats and chia seeds.

If you or your picky eater doesn’t like texture, skip to the next one on the list or omit the oats and swap the chia seeds with hemp hearts.

3. Frozen Spinach Smoothie with Pineapple

spinach smoothie

Frozen spinach is an ideal swap for fresh spinach because it doesn’t perish quickly and it blends easier than fresh.

It does have a slightly stronger flavor so I paired it with pineapple, mango, and passion fruit juice! Banana adds natural sweetness and avocado a boost of healthy fats.

4. Chunky Monkey Smoothie

pouring a chocolate smoothie.

This chunky monkey smoothie is only four ingredients: milk, frozen banana, peanut butter, and cocoa powder. It tastes like a peanut butter milkshake, but it’s made with wholesome ingredients.

It curbs that sweet craving AND provides a boost of protein.

5. Chocolate Banana Smoothie

chocolate banana smoothie on table with chocolate chips.

This chocolate smoothie is made with four wholesome ingredients and no dairy or refined sugar! Add a scoop of nut butter, plant-based protein, or hemp seeds for added nutrients and protein.

This is a treat you can feel good about!

6. Pineapple Apple Smoothie

pineapple smoothies

Honeycrisp apples add a sweet-tart punch! Pineapples contain bromelain, a combination of enzymes that aid in protein digestion. They’re also a good source of fiber, potassium, and vitamin B6.

Enjoy this pineapple smoothie as-is or add a handful of baby spinach for a boost of nutrients.

7. Strawberry Grape Smoothie

strawberry grape smoothie.

Grapes double as a liquid base! Grapes are a rich source of antioxidants, which protects your cells from damage caused by free radicals. They’re also incredibly sweet and tasty!

If you don’t have a Vitamix, the grape skins won’t pulverize completely.

8. Chocolate Avocado Smoothie

chocolate smoothie with cacao nibs on top.

This chocolate smoothie is as good as it looks! It’s creamy, decadent, and secretly healthy. It features avocado, banana, nut butter, and cottage cheese!

I love to top it with something crunchy like cacao nibs or sliced almonds.

9. Kiwi Smoothie

This kid-friendly green smoothie is easy and delicious! It’s rocking tropical vibes with kiwi, pineapple, and spinach.

It boasts 10 grams of protein and 6 grams of fiber per smoothie.

10. Mixed Berry Smoothie

mixed berry smoothie

My picky kids love the classic combo of mixed berries and banana! The berries add a sweet-tart punch and the banana/yogurt keeps it nice and creamy.

It’s packed with antioxidants and fiber plus it tastes great! Win, win.

11. Sour Apple Smoothie

green apple smoothies

This green apple smoothie is perfect for those who love a sweet-tart combo. It’s creamy, sweet, and slightly tangy from granny smith apple and lime.

A handful of baby spinach provides a boost of feel-good nutrients.

12. Daily Warrior

blueberry smoothie next to a bowl of blueberries and spinach.

This recipe is a copycat version of Smoothie King’s Daily Warrior. It’s a blueberry smoothie with oomph! It features blueberries, peanut butter, spinach, and stevia.

It’s full of protein, heart-healthy fats, fiber, and antioxidants!

13. Blueberry Pineapple Smoothie

blueberry pineapple smoothies.

This blueberry pineapple smoothie is bursting with zippy sweetness! It’s packed with disease-fighting antioxidants and essential vitamins, plus it’s easy to customize.

You can add protein powder or yogurt for a boost of filling protein! My kids love this smoothie.

14. Peanut Butter Powder Smoothie

a peanut butter smoothie.

This peanut butter smoothie is nutritious, creamy, and made with powdered peanut butter! Peanut butter powder has the same nutty flavor with a third of the calories.

If your picky eater loves peanut butter, this smoothie is for you!

15. Tropical Spinach Cucumber

spinach cucumber smoothie with pineapple on top.

This spinach cucumber smoothie is jam-packed with fiber, antioxidants, and vitamins to boost your immune system.

Cucumber tastes great in smoothies and it doubles as a liquid base.

If you try any of these smoothies, let us know in the comments!

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