*I’m a PediaSure SideKicks Partner and am a sponsored blog partner, but all opinions are my own. Please see below for additional disclosure.
Are you struggling to get your kids to eat enough fruits and vegetables? You’re not alone!
93 percent of kids don’t eat enough vegetables and 60 percent don’t eat enough fruit. At our house it’s currently the veggies that are the problem. I try and try but to no avail, it’s beyond frustrating and I worry about my kids’ nutrition.
Which is why I was pretty jazzed to get the opportunity to help debut a new product, Pediasure Sidekicks Fruit & Veggie Smoothie mix, that I really think is going to help fill in the nutritional gap for a lot of kids.
It contains powdered dried strawberries, bananas, apples and sweet potatoes and is designed to be mixed with milk (or a milk substitute) to create a super quick and easy smoothie that will serve up a full serving of combined fruits and vegetables.
Here’s what really got my attention – it incorporates four essential nutrients that many kids are missing; Fiber, Calcium, Vitamin D, and Potassium.
And here’s what else I love – it can be used for even more than smoothies. In the coming months we’re going to highlight some of our favorite uses for the mix you might never have thought of.
Today we’ve got a yummy energy bite recipe the kids are sure to love.
It has only 5 ingredients but, thanks to Pediasure Sidekicks Fruit & Veggie Smoothie mix, is packed with nutrient, fruits, and veggies. (Hooray!)
Here’s our contributor, Kristin, with the full recipe.
Getting out the door in the morning is hard enough on it’s own. Much less figuring how out to do so while getting some nutrients in your kids in the process. Every morning I’m struggling to come up with options for breakfast that my kids will eat.
The trick is finding that balance of things that taste good, are easy to make and pack in the good stuff to give them energy all day long.
The smoothies made from Pediasure Sidekicks Fruit & Veggie Smoothie mix are as easy as stirring (or blending) the powder into milk. And don’t worry, they taste great. You would never know that the smoothie is packed with fruits and vegetables. Rejoice picky-eaters!
The Pediasure website has lots of ideas for making snack items out of smoothie mix but we decided to get creative and make our own snack, Strawberry Banana Coconut Energy Bites.
Make them on their own or serve them up with the smoothie to double up on the nutritional goodness.
The recipe is very easy to make so the kids can help. Plus, it will make them feel like they’re eating a dessert, not a nutritious snack.
I love making these ahead of time and storing them in the fridge for breakfast on-the-go or an after school snack.
Strawberry Banana Coconut Energy Bites
- 2 scoops Sidekicks Strawberry Banana Smoothie Mix
- 3/4 cup quick oats
- 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/2 banana
Combine smoothie mix, quick oats and coconut in the food processor.
Add in the coconut and banana.
Pulse until combined.
Use your hands to roll tablespoon sized balls.
Roll them in extra shredded coconut.
Refrigerate for at least 1 hour, then enjoy!
*Pediasure partnered with bloggers such as me for its PediaSure SideKicks Fruit & Veggie Smoothie Program. As part of this program, I received compensation for my time. PediaSure believes that consumers and bloggers are free to form their own opinions and share them in their own words. PediaSure’s policies align with WOMMA Ethics Code, Federal Trade Commission (FTC) guidelines and social media engagement recommendations.