Giving Smoothies As a Meal Replacement for Your Child - Good or Bad?

Urvashi Shah
7 to 11 years

Created by Urvashi Shah
Updated on Sep 15, 2018

Giving Smoothies As a Meal Replacement for Your Child Good or Bad
Reviewed by Expert panel

Do you always find yourself running behind your child to finish his or her veggies? Are the meal times the most stressful time for your children ? If you are nodding your head in yes, then scroll down to read how you can replace an entire meal with a smoothie that is healthy, fun and tasty as well for your growing toddlers. But before we go further let's see whether it's fine to give smoothie to your babies.

What If Giving Smoothie As a Meal Replacement to Your Child ?

Well, the answer to that question is yes, it is okay to give smoothie to your baby, as long as its fresh and healthy. A smoothie can replace a healthy meal if made with fruits and vegetables with no added sugar. A well-blended smoothie is colourful and different in taste, as compared to cooked veggies, hence your child loves it.

How Smoothies Can Benefit Your Child?

Here are some of the health and other benefits of smoothies for your growing child.

  1. Fresh and healthy: You can use fresh fruits and vegetables to prepare smoothie for your child. You can even use frozen fruits and vegetables which will do no harm. Serving this as a quick meal will fill your child's stomach and also give him/her all the health benefits since it contains fruits and vegetables
  2. Strengthens the immune system: Since the smoothies are all about veggies and fruits, it helps in building up the immunity, thus making your child less prone to illness due to seasonal changes
  3. Daily allowance of veggies and fruits taken care of: If your child is a fussy eater, then smoothie is your best bet, as it takes care of daily allowances of all fruits and veggies in just one glass
  4. Build muscles and improves athletic strength of your child: Since a glass of smoothie is all about yogurt, milk along with fruits and veggies – it is a powerhouse of nutrients and micronutrients needed to build muscle and bone strength
  5. Improves digestion: If your child has been suffering from constipation then, smoothie is your best bet, as it is easy to digest and improves over-all digestion. Smoothies are the best way to ensure that your child is getting enough dietary fibre, which aids in improved digestion

With these health benefits of smoothies, you can without a worry replace an entire meal with a smoothie. Colourful straws can be used for serving purpose so your child enjoys drinking it without cringing.

This content has been checked & validated by Doctors and Experts of the parentune Expert panel. Our panel consists of Neonatologist, Gynecologist, Peadiatrician, Nutritionist, Child Counselor, Education & Learning Expert, Physiotherapist, Learning disability Expert and Developmental Pead.

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| Aug 31, 2019

Please share some healthy smoothie recipe

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| Feb 26, 2019

tell some smoothie recipes

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| Oct 24, 2018

send some healthy smoothie recipes

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| Jul 30, 2018

plz snd some smoothies recipes for my 8 yr old boy...

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| Jul 21, 2018

My daughter is 11 months old and she's very choosy for food. I also want smoothie recipes for her

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| Jul 14, 2018

will you please share few smoothie recipes for children?? also the recommended timing. thanks

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| Jul 13, 2018

my kid is 8. 5 yrs old... bt he is under weight . His weight around 20 kgs only.. becomong slim day by day... n evn dnt take interest in studies... plz suggest some weight gaining recipies .. he is non- vegan

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| Jun 21, 2018

rcp of smoothie plz

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| Jun 04, 2018


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| Jan 19, 2018

smoothies are a great way to ensure essential nutritional requirements of babies are met with.. thanks for sharing!!

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| Jan 19, 2018

Thank you for clearing the misconception that smoothies are not a replacement for a meal. Now I can prepare some healthy smoothies for my child.

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