Healthy Smoothie Recipe Ideas + Giveaway with Love Child Organics

Healthy Smoothie Recipe Ideas

Hands up whose kids pick and choose what they like to eat on the daily? One day they’ll happily snack on apple slices and the next they push them away with a ‘really Mom?’ kind of look. Kids, amiright?! I totally admit I was a picky eater as a kid (sorry Mum and Dad!) and now with my kids I’ve gone from one end of the extreme to the other: I’ve had phases where they’ll try anything I serve them (yessss!!!) to days when everything I put in front of them is pushed away/ spat out/ thrown on the floor, etc.- and everything in between as part of the crazy yo-yo that is feeding children. Ughhhhhh. Somedays I just throw my hands up and ask for a little more patience and ideas for foods they’ll eat.

I find that my kids take turns being the pickier eater, so I at least (hopefully) have one at any one time who’s easier going. In general there are certain foods that are guaranteed to be a hit, and one of those things are smoothies. They’re win-win because I can pack them full of good stuff like kale and spinach, toss in some fruit and favourite berries so they’re getting a nutrition- packed snack and the kids love them (fun twist: pour the smoothie mix into popsicle moulds to make healthy popsicles in Summer). As both kids get older and we’ve grown out of our favourite baby/ toddler snacks, I’ve been looking for other ideas and have teamed up with one of my favourite baby/ kid’s food brands, Love Child Organics, on this recipe post (plus check out the giveaway after the recipe!). Their food puree pouches were a hit with both of my kids, and if I let them they’d still eat them everyday, but luckily LCO offers healthy snack options past the baby years and we’ve recently been trying out their Lil Shakes (another hit with my kids).

I wanted to find a way to combine some favourites the kids are familiar with along with some nutrient- packed foods for some new snack ideas, and I thought smoothies were a great place to start. I created this smoothie with Moms in mind who have young kids transitioning into ‘big kid’ foods like my youngest recently has done, while also incorporating familiar favourites to ease the transition, without compromising on nutrition. Also, when it comes to babies who are eating solids/ toddlers, items like puree food pouches are a quick and simple addition to a smoothie loaded with healthy ingredients. You can sneak in some of the veggie- packed ones and mask the flavour with things like berries and bananas to help get those healthy greens into your child’s diet (and hey mama, it doesn’t hurt us to snack on a smoothie loaded with good stuff does it?). Even if you want to skip adding the puree pouches in yours, the flavour combinations are a good jumping- off point for smoothie blend ideas.

See below for the smoothie recipe I created in partnership with Love Child Organics and head to the end of the post to enter to win a variety of Love Child Organics products to create these smoothies yourself- perfect for Spring Break snacking!

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1 bottle Love Child Organics Lil Shake (235mL)

1 puree food pouch of your choice (or skip the pouches and use their combinations to inspire smoothie blends)

1 cup fresh or frozen organic berries

1 apple, cored and sliced

1 banana

Optional: large handful of fresh kale and/ or spinach

Tip: if you find the mixture is too thick, add water 1/4 cup at a time to help everything blend together


Combine all of the ingredients in a blender and mix until combined/ smooth. If you want to make popsicles, pour the smoothie mix into moulds and freeze.

Both of my kids loved this smoothie recipe and I love the added nutrients the Lil Shakes add (learn more about them here). I’m looking forward to making healthy popsicles for them once the weather warms up!

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Disclosure: As a Love Child Organics Brand Ambassador I received the products needed for this recipe in exchange for this blog post. LCO is a brand our family loves and I happily recommend their products. All opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.

Citrus Turmeric Popsicles

How’s everyone handling the heat? I thought now would be a good time to put up a recipe that’s delicious anytime, but especially good when you’re looking for a refreshing treat. I used this recipe as the base with a few adjustments, and was really happy with how they turned out. Adding turmeric to these citrus popsicles gives them a nutritious boost and adds a unique flavour, and as long as you don’t add too much, you’ll only just be able to taste it as a nice compliment to the sweetness of the orange. Add a little mint or basil if you want to experiment with flavour combos a little more. 


2 ripe bananas

2 – 2 1/2 cups orange juice

1 tbsp ground turmeric

1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)


1. Pop all of the ingredients except the turmeric in a blender and puree until smooth. Add another 1/2 cup orange juice if necessary to help the mixture blend well. 

2. Add turmeric a little bit at a time and taste as you go. Add as little or much as desired until you reach the flavour balance you like.

3. Pour the mix into popsicle molds and freeze until ready. That’s it!



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Canada Day Strawberry Chia Parfait

Canada has a big birthday coming up this weekend and there’s lots to come to OHP to help celebrate our amazing country turning 150. To kick off the week of patriotic posts, what better than a recipe inspired by the colours of our flag? This red and white parfait is a healthy snack option (that only takes 3 steps to make!) for a Canada Day party or picnic and even though it’s inspired by July 1st, it’s perfect anytime as a great snack of breakfast option. See below for how to make them at home.


Recipe makes two parfaits

– fresh organic strawberries, sliced

– 2 cups organic vanilla yogurt

-chia pudding (see below for instructions)


  1. Start by making the chia pudding: in a jug or bowl mix 2 cups of organic milk with 1/2 cup of chia seeds (you can also add a tsp of vanilla extract). Stir well and allow to sit for 20 minutes+ or overnight.

2. When the chia pudding is ready build the parfaits by alternating scoops of the vanilla yogurt with the chia pudding and strawberries. Tip: If you want to create distinct layers, use the yogurt as a barrier to help keep the chia pudding from blending in with everything. Ie use a layer of yogurt after each layer of chia pudding and strawberries. 



3. Repeat until the jars are full and top with some strawberry slices. Serve & enjoy!



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No Bake Protein Bites

You know that feeling when you’re craving something sweet & salty but you’re trying to eat healthy and you can’t think of a snack idea that checks off both the tasty and healthy boxes? These no- bake protein bites are perfect. They’re tasty, quick to make, and loaded with good- for- you ingredients (aren’t I nice trying to help you stick with your new year’s resolutions? 😉 ).

I’ve shared similar recipes before and thought I’d revamp this one from a while back. I made a batch of these over the weekend and think I’ll double the recipe for next time so we’ve got plenty to spare. They’re great to make ahead and keep in the fridge as a quick, healthy snack to tuck into lunches and pop in your bag on busy mornings for an energy boost. And let’s face it, when healthy options are quick and easy (and don’t taste like cardboard), it makes it an easier choice to make. Now go get your nom nom on!


1 cup dry oats (I used gluten free)

1/2 cup organic peanut butter (+ 2- 3 tbsp if find your mix is a bit dry)

1/2 cup coconut flakes

1/4 cup flax seeds

2 tbsp chia seeds

1 tbsp cinnamon

1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

1/3 cup honey

1 tsp pure vanilla extract


1. Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl until well combined…

… I added the peanut butter last so I could gauge if I needed to add more

3. Use your hands to knead the mix and help get all of the ingredients to stick together

4. Cool the mixture in the fridge for 10 minutes (this will help the bites hold their shape)

5. When chilled, scoop small handfuls and shape into balls either by squeezing the mixture in one hand or rolling with two. Depending on the texture of your mix one method may work better than the other

6. Place on a plate or in a dish as you make the balls. When you’ve rolled all of the mixture pop the bites into an air- tight container and store in the fridge. Enjoy throughout the week for a healthy/ yummy snack!


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Ari Update: Reintroducing Foods to My Daughter {+ Giveaway}

OK parents, hands up how many of you are always looking for snack ideas for your kids? No matter if it’s for at home or you’re packing them up to go to school/ daycare/ grandma’s, sometime you just need something quick to grab (I know I did this morning with Liam- the kid doesn’t stop eating!). If you’ve followed the blog for a while, you know that dietary restrictions and food sensitivities have had a big influence on what we eat, just like many other families. It can make things interesting for parents trying to navigate what their kids need to thrive and can limit food/ snack options, among other unique challenges that arise when your kids can’t eat certain foods (‘they have it, why can’t I?’). Allergies/ sensitivities have become a major conversation as they seem to become more common, and it can be hard as a parent to know what to do- scary, even, if your child has a severe allergy- and sometimes it really comes down to trusting your gut instinct.
As of the beginning of September we started re- introducing foods back into Ari’s diet after more than a year and a half of her going without things like dairy, peanuts, and almonds. Her stomach and digestion had been doing much better, so it came time to try some of the foods we’d been keeping out of her diet. Knock on wood, so far, so good. Going dairy and gluten free had the biggest impact on our family, so I tended not to talk about certain other foods, like nuts, that we also removed from her diet, but I know this is another common allergy/ sensitivity. I’m not going to pretend to understand all the finer details of allergies/ sensitivities, but when removing food from her diet I also learned how sensitive someone can become if they’re never exposed to that allergen again; the body may develop a stronger reaction when it’s not exposed to something for a long time, and peanuts/ almonds had me a little nervous when it came time to give them to her again. Luckily, we didn’t have a problem, but it reminded me of the nerves that come with introducing foods to a baby for the first time- it’s exciting, but you’re also nervous to see if/ how they react. 
Now that she’s eating almost everything again (she’ll stay gluten free for the foreseeable future), it’s been fun trying foods and snacks that she wasn’t able to have before now. I know that foods like nuts, eggs, wheat, and milk can be biggies when it comes to allergies, but I’ve also learnt that completely avoiding them may not be the answer either, especially when it comes to introducing babies to foods that are common allergens (again, things like nuts, egg, wheat, milk, etc). This is a tough area for a parent to figure out, and I know our family sure has had some interesting experiences when it comes to food. But that doesn’t mean you have to be scared to try foods with your kids/ babies. There are now studies showing that introducing rather than avoiding common allergens can help children grow up without allergies to foods like peanuts (I know this might sound counter- intuitive/ confusing). But by speaking with your paediatrician or family doctor/ naturopath, you might find out that you’re able to give your child certain foods, even if you have concerns and/ or a family history of food allergies (please know I’m not trying to give medical advice, just a friendly suggestion as Mom who’s gone through a lot with her own kid’s health). And if you’re a parent with a baby about to start solids or just looking for some tasty snacks for your kids, it’s good to know what options are available. 
In the past I’ve shared about some of the snacks we’ve tried (convenience always seemed to be my biggest challenge when it came to gluten/ dairy free ideas), and we’ve recently been enjoying trying out Cheeky Monkey’s Peanut Butter Puffs with the kids. These were actually the first peanut- containing food that we gave Ari since adjusting her diet, and they were a hit with both her and Liam. Sure, I was nervous, but I also knew we had to see how she’d do; she was never diagnosed with a severe allergy, just a strong sensitivity so I was cautiously optimistic that she’d be fine with them (and she was, yay!). 
I understand that peanuts pose an interesting challenge when it comes to packing lunches for school/ daycare, but I love having these as an option when we’re at home or on a play date with friends, and even for taking to visit the grandparents. Both kids love them- who doesn’t love puffy snacks?- and I like the attention to the quality of ingredients (they’re 100% organic and non- GMO, and gluten free for starters). As we enter this new foodie phase in our house, I appreciate that fun snacks like this exist and that it’s a convenient option I now have that isn’t loaded with added sugars, weird ingredients, or preservatives. Somedays you just need something quick and easy, and these check all the boxes in my books. 
What I love about them:
– 100% organic & non- GMO ingredients
– gluten free
– no added sugars
– high protein
– baked, not fried
– no flavour extracts or trans fats
– no chemicals/ preservatives
If you want to find out more about introducing the ‘Big Eight’ foods known to cause allergies to your kids, check out this website for more helpful info. I know this can be a hot topic, so I’d love to hear how you handle(d) food allergies/ sensitivities with your kids. If you’re curious about Cheeky Monkey & trying their snacks with your kids, visit their website to learn more.
…And speaking of trying out these tasty snacks with your kids- Scroll to the end of this post to enter to win a case of Cheeky Monkey Peanut Butter Puffs (12 bags) for your kids! Nom nom, happy snacking!

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