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What's Project Smoothie? It's happening this week and you need to be part of it! I've teamed up with KitchenAid to celebrate National Kids Take Over the Kitchen Day and Project Smoothie is Kenya's favorite way of taking over my kitchen in the mornings.

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Over two years ago Kenya became a vegetarian. At first I thought it was a phase, but as time went on he became even more passionate about his choice. We have been incredibly supportive of his wishes to avoid anything that includes animal products, offering him a vegetarian meal similar to what the rest of the family is eating, but also making sure he gets plenty of plant based protein. Kenya has always been a great eater since birth enjoying a variety of fruits and especially vegetables, but over time a few things started to change.

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I’m still not sure if his resistance to eating a wider variety of foods had to do with school, development or his taste buds changing, but his willingness to eat a plethora of foods became even more narrow. Wasn’t this supposed to happen when he was a toddler and not at age 9? As the months went on he relied more and more on bread and cheese at every meal and less on the foods he should have been consuming. Does any of this sound familiar?

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A few months ago I started doing research reading any and everything I could find about nutrition and how it can affect mood and energy levels in children. Almost all of the science I was retaining were facts that I already knew, but reading them over again made me take the bull by the horns in regard to his diet and overall health. Instead of berating him and telling him he had to eat certain foods, I let him join in what I call Project Smoothie.

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I created a written menu that the kids would choose from every night similar to a restaurant menu, seeing all of their written choices and then ordering what they wanted to slurp up the next morning. This way instead of playing a guessing game, I could offer the nutritious smoothie ingredients I had available in the kitchen and they could pick from them. The bonus? It takes the guessing game out of “what’s for breakfast?”

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There are four columns they have to choose from: fruits, vegetables, proteins and extras. I’m always shocked to see the incredible variety of foods he chooses that end up tasting amazing when combined in a blender like kale, kefir, frozen berries, banana, hemp seeds, bee pollen, coconut oil, whole cow or almond milk, chocolate protein powder and passion fruit just to give one example of a favorite smoothie we make. You would be amazed at how incredibly delicious these ingredients taste all mixed together instead of this list of foods you should ditch for smoothies:

• Sugar-sweetened fruit juice or concentrate
• Flavored yogurt
• Flavored kefir
• Whipped cream
• Ice cream
• Sorbet
• Sherbet
• Chocolate syrup
• Chocolate milk
• Canned fruit in syrup

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You can’t imagine how much has changed in the past six weeks. The kids look forward to their smoothies in the morning that they have a hand in creating and blending up. I get everything out and they pop the ingredients in our KitchenAid® Pro Line® Series Blender, whiz it up and then pour it in a tall glass which they drink up with a glass straw! The best part, though, is how the kids feel. I’ve already seen a difference in their mood and energy and feel it’s helping them as they enter the classroom ready to focus, be present and just feeling good in their body.

We love this new blender because it is easy to use and clean, it stands up to the kids' rough hands, and it blends our morning drinks to smoothie perfection!

If you want to print my smoothie menu and use it with your own kids, get it here!

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In honor of National Kids Take Over the Kitchen Day, I would love to see your child’s smoothie creation! Show us how you get your kids into the kitchen using #KidsInTheKitchen and #MadeWithKitchenAid on Instagram. Also be sure to tag @weelicious and @KitchenAidUSA for your chance to win a KitchenAid® Pro Line® Series Blender. Good luck!

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Bonus! We’re giving away one of these gorgeous blenders on Facebook Live this Thursday. So be sure to watch as Kenya and I demo a few of the creations he’s come up with and we share as a family.

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This post is sponsored by KitchenAid. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Project Smoothie

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What's Project Smoothie? It's happening this week and you need to be part of it! I've teamed up with KitchenAid to celebrate National Kids Take Over the Kitchen Day and Project Smoothie is Kenya's favorite way of taking over my kitchen in the...

Ingredients

  • cow’s, almond, rice, soy or other milk
  • vegetables:
  • kale
  • broccoli
  • spinach
  • fruits:
  • fresh or frozen berries
  • banana
  • mango
  • pineapple
  • passion fruit
  • acai
  • avocado
  • apples
  • proteins:
  • whole nuts
  • nut butter
  • yogurt
  • protein powder
  • extras:
  • hemp seeds
  • bee pollen
  • goji berries
  • maca
  • coconut oil

Preparation

  1. 1. Choose at least 1 item from each category.
  2. 2. Place all the ingredients in a blender with milk and blend until smooth.
Project Smoothie

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Comments

  1. Kim

    October 6, 2016 at 9:33 am

    Hope I win!

  2. Patti Devi

    October 6, 2016 at 9:17 am

    Smoothie are a great way to eat healthy and lose weight. I need this blender also since mine is not working anymore!

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    October 1, 2016 at 2:00 am

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  4. Amber Brown

    September 20, 2016 at 6:25 am

    These sound delicious! Do you have recommendations for protein powder?

  5. Neda J

    September 19, 2016 at 7:43 pm

    would love to make more smoothies! my toddler loves yogure smoothies with kale, spinach and raspberries and chia seeds!

  6. russell judeika

    September 19, 2016 at 5:30 pm

    I was trying to find out how I could win a blender because me and my wife both love smoothies and our blender is on its last legs.Please help

  7. Christine

    September 18, 2016 at 5:57 am

    Thank you for the contest and the smoothies recipes.

  8. Sharon

    September 17, 2016 at 7:32 pm

    I like the smoothies very much!

  9. Gil

    September 17, 2016 at 6:03 pm

    My kiddos love home-made smoothies.

  10. KARENANN

    September 17, 2016 at 12:36 pm

    Thanks for such a great giveaway opportunity! And thanks for the great smoothie recipes! I love smoothies!

  11. Erika

    September 17, 2016 at 9:11 am

    Brilliant! I can’t wait to try this. Great way to pack lots of health into one drink.

  12. Stephanie Denoyer

    September 15, 2016 at 10:47 am

    I love this idea! I love how you let them pick the ingredients as well. That blender is beautiful!!! I would love that!!! :)

  13. Linda

    September 15, 2016 at 5:20 am

    Great idea! I’m also wondering about the quantities, how much of each category?

  14. Yeni

    September 14, 2016 at 5:05 am

    Love this post and the photos are incredible, great job Catherine!
    I have a hard time getting my 8 yo to drink smoothies, mostly because of the texture and seeds. If he feels any grit, he won’t drink it. Any ideas to get around this? Thanks!

  15. Judy

    September 13, 2016 at 10:28 pm

    Love it!

  16. Lynn Marie

    September 13, 2016 at 6:54 pm

    My girls will only eat green food if it’s hidden in a smoothie!!! Thanks for the list of ingredients:)

  17. Jessica Pflumm

    September 13, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    It’s “funny” this came today and I so appreciate your honesty. My 6 year old was also an amazing eater until a few months ago. We do smoothies often and I love your genius idea of making it in to a menu/pick and choose. Thank you….we will be trying this pronto!!!

    • Jessica Pflumm

      September 13, 2016 at 4:33 pm

      I hit send too fast…..do you recommend a certain kind or brand of protein powder for kids under 10? I use Orgain but have been hesitant to use one with my kiddos.

  18. Marion

    September 13, 2016 at 12:42 pm

    Pinned on pinterest

  19. Marion

    September 13, 2016 at 12:41 pm

    I love the idea of the menu and letting them pick for the next am what smoothie they will make. I have also noticed a change in my little ones since school started back up and having to leave the house by 6:40 to get them to school. Can you share your chart/list you put together in printable form? We make smoothies, but would love to be more consistent with it.

    • Catherine McCord

      September 13, 2016 at 1:31 pm

      Hi Marion! Yes, I’m working on a printable menu now! Im doing an hour FB Live Thursday at 4pm PST doing tons of giveaways, making smoothies and sharing a link to the menu to inspire kids to get in the kitchen and make their own smoothie! PS 6:40am is seriously early! I love this bc you can have everything in the blender the night before, whiz it up and add to your cup!

  20. blima

    September 13, 2016 at 12:10 pm

    My kids love smoothies!

  21. Alison

    September 13, 2016 at 11:35 am

    My kids love peanut butter and banana shakes with chia seeds (magic seeds)!

    • Catherine McCord

      September 13, 2016 at 1:32 pm

      That sounds like a delicious combo!

  22. russell judeika

    September 13, 2016 at 11:12 am

    love it

  23. Kerrin Heil

    September 13, 2016 at 10:30 am

    Great idea!

  24. Kelly

    September 13, 2016 at 10:06 am

    My kids love smoothies! We always start with a spinach base, and add a banana, then some combo of berries, watermelon, cantaloupe, red grapes, or other fruits we have on hand, baby carrots, almond or peanut butter, and either cow or unsweetened almond milk. Sometimes yogurt makes it way in as well!

    • Catherine McCord

      September 13, 2016 at 1:32 pm

      I’m going to try this one. I bet the grapes are a great addition!

  25. stephanie

    September 13, 2016 at 9:32 am

    I love this, I shop farmers market every week this will inspire me to get back to smoothies!!

    • Catherine McCord

      September 13, 2016 at 1:33 pm

      Smoothies are a great use for over ripe fruit too!

  26. Karla H

    September 13, 2016 at 9:26 am

    Great idea!

  27. Tiphanie W.

    September 13, 2016 at 9:16 am

    What a great idea! What I’m wondering, though, is how much kale or broccoli (or other green) to include in a serving, without getting the bitter tastes that are often associated with some raw greens? Last time I added kale to a smoothie, the kids wouldn’t touch it, and it had a slight bitterness. Not sure if it also had to do with the color (the kale turned it kind of murky looking). I’m definitely going to try to watch your FB Live on Thursday. Thanks!

    • Catherine McCord

      September 13, 2016 at 1:34 pm

      I make 2 tall smoothies for the kids and put a big handful of spinach, broccoli OR kale in them. It all depends on your child’s taste buds :) So excited you’re joining us Thursday at 4pm PST on FB Live!