Disclaimer: I received these products at a discount in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
Life two with kids ages three and one is hectic. I think any parent with young children would agree. We’re always looking for alternative ways to approach what life throws at us. For some families, this means hiring a cleaning service, subscribing to grocery delivery services or relying on takeout dinners. We take full advantage of the latter, picking up takeout meals at least a few days a week.
For the kids, we try to cook them meals at home as much as we can. But between when we arrive back home from work and daycare, and when it’s time for bed, we are left with less than two hours of time together. And for our toddler, sometimes we only have 45 minutes together before bedtime.
We recently had the opportunity to try Daily Sunshine Smoothies from the makers of Beachbody. There’s a chocolate version and a strawberry banana version. I was super excited to try the smoothies as a way to get the kids a quick serving of fruits and vegetables (1 full serving of each per smoothie, to be exact) and protein without force-feeding anything. My husband makes fruit and veggie protein shakes on a regular basis, so the older of our two kids was used to drinking “juice” from the blender (without the protein powder). The Daily Sunshine Smoothies seemed like an easy replacement.
We tried the smoothie—which came individually packaged for easy use—in both chocolate and strawberry banana. I’m a big fan of the fruit flavor, but I knew the kids would also like the chocolate version. We also got the blender bottle to make mixing easy.
Making the smoothie was super simple. Water in the cup. Add the smoothie packet. Shake. And enjoy.
My son (3 years old) was excited to try his new “juice.” While there are tons of benefits with the fruit and vegetable servings and ease of use, the taste and texture wasn’t something my son enjoyed. The smoothie looked a little chalky. And after two sips, my son said he didn’t like it and was all done. Our daughter (1 years old) drank a little bit, but didn’t seem to care for it either.
We plan to try mixing up the smoothie in the blender with ice to see if the different texture helps with the chalky feel. While I’m optimistic that will work, it does negate the purpose of the quick, easy to make drink. If you’re interested in finding blenders, recipes and ways to enjoy smoothies on the go, check out Kitchen Professor for ideas.
I would recommend giving the smoothies a whirl as a quick way to get protein, fruits and veggies into your kids. But start with a small package (it looks like you can buy two individual servings) before investing in anything more. See what your kids think and go from there. Enjoy!