Candice Kumai's Fruit & Veggie Summer Treats For Kids

Candice Kumai with Kit & Billy Candice Kumai with Kit & Billy

Summer is the ultimate season for vegetables and fruits — and, it’s good time for parents to try and get their kids to eat more greens.

Chef Candice Kumai stopped by Access Hollywood Live with tasty hot weather treats that are kid-friendly and parent-approved.

The Strawberry Mango Morning Smoothie

(Serves 4 Kids or 2 Adults)

The Strawberry Mango Morning Smoothie from chef Candice Kumai

Watch your kids eyes light up when you serve them this brightly-colored “milkshake” for breakfast (or dessert!). The vitamin-rich frozen strawberries and mango add a tropical sweetness and ice-cream-like consistency that masks a generous serving of baby spinach. Unsweetened coconut milk drink, not to be confused with canned coconut milk, is a lighter non-dairy milk that’s rich in lauric acid, a medium-chain fatty acid also found in mother’s milk that has natural antibacterial and antiviral properties.

  • 3/4 cup, plus 2 tablespoons unsweetened coconut milk drink (add more or less liquid, as needed)
  • 1/2 cup baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen (or fresh) mango
  • 1/2 cup ice

Add ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.

The Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie

(Serves 4 Kids or 2 Adults)

The Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie from chef Candice Kumai

This is one of my all-time favorite recipes (and I’d bet money on it being a kid favorite too!) This better-than-a-milkshake treat hides a healthy ½ cup of baby spinach in every kid-size serving. While your kids sip down the green stuff, you can feel good about swapping high-fat dairy, ice cream and chocolate syrup that’s typical of a chocolate shake for unsweetened almond milk, frozen bananas and antioxidant-rich cocoa powder. Nut butters are my favorite source of high-quality vegetarian protein for kids. Dreamy!

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 2 tablespoons natural peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup ice

Add ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.

Clean Green Ice Cream

(Serves 4 Kids or 2 Adults)

Clean Green Ice Cream from chef Candice Kumai

Clean Green Drinks is packed with life-changing nutrition tips, and frozen bananas are one of the most valuable. Turns out that with a little less liquid than you’d use in a smoothie, a blitzed frozen banana has the creamy taste and consistency of a decadent ice cream. Keep a handful of peeled bananas in a ziplock bag in the freezer, and voila! Ice cream for the kids in seconds! This is the original recipe, stay tuned to candicekumai.com for many more flavor combos!

  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 large frozen bananas
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • Blend until a creamy, ice cream–like texture forms.

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