Pink Iron Boosting Smoothie +6M

This smoothie is loaded with iron rich foods and iron activating foods…and it’s simply yummy!!!

It’s good for your baby +6M/toddler/kid….and for yourself!

Iron is such an essential element for our body, at any age. It is even more important for babies and kids, most of all when they are going through growth sprouts due to its role in the oxygen transport in our blood, DNA synthesis and electron transport. In simple words: without iron our body doesn’t work at all and with a low iron quantity our baby/toddler/kid body doesn’t grow properly.

That’s why I like this smoothie…it’s not only yummy but also super healthy 🙂

and look at the color!!!

I made this smoothie with the help of my little Alex, 4yrs old. Basically I prepared all the ingredients and he had fun adding them into the blender and…most exciting part…watching the blender working!!! He never had this particular smoothie before and I knew that the beet flavor might have been a bit tricky for him, but, thanks to the simply fact that HE was making the smoothie, he tried it and he liked it! (no cut outs of his reaction in the editing phase, I swear!!!) He even asked me to prepare more smoothies together this week. That’s the power of involving the kids in the kitchen!!! They get excited and they loose the fear of trying new things.

Place all the ingredients in a powerful blender and blend up until smooth. Add more or less milk pending the desired consistency.

You can store the leftovers in the refrigerator for one day or, even better, freeze it. When you want to enjoy it again simply place the frozen smoothie in the blender and blend again to obtain a smooth consistency.

If you are interested in the colored silicone straws (reusable and totally toddler friendly), here you are the link:

Pink Iron Boosting Smoothie
  • 1 small beet, cooked
  • 1/2 cup raspberries
  • 2 dried apricots, soaked in water to soften
  • 1 tsp blackstrap molasses
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup milk of your choice
  1. Blend all the ingredients together to obtain a smooth creamy consistency


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    October 14, 2019 at 6:46 pm

    I am in the process of making your Pink Iron Smoothie. About how long do you soak the peaches in warm water?

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      Barbara Lamperti
      October 14, 2019 at 9:26 pm

      Hi Natalie!!
      leave them for 20min in warm water.

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        October 14, 2019 at 10:49 pm

        Okay, Thank you…
        Your Pink Smoothie turned out really well. I do need it to be sweeter. The banana could’ve been more ripe.
        What besides the banana, could I add for sweetness?

        I have a 20 year old daughter, who is Autistic, with severe Oral issues. She is REALLY low in iron right now. When I googled, I found you! 🙂 I’m loving your website, thank you for all your work!

        I basically have to feed her her veggies and fruits in smoothies and/or juice everything.
        We’ve been doing Bolthouse and Naked Green drinks, forever.
        You’ve inspired me to get back to juicing and fine tuning what she eats. I think she’d even eat your broccoli meatballs, I’m hoping!!
        Thank you!

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          Barbara Lamperti
          October 15, 2019 at 12:43 am

          Hi! I’m sooo glad your daughter liked it! the banana gives all the sweetness, so the ripen the better. Still, you can add other sweeteners like grapes or a sweet pear or maple syrup or honey. Knowing that my recipes were helpful to you and your family really made my day. Please let me know if you have any question or if you want me to help you switching some ingredient to obtain a different texture. Give your daughter a huge hug from me. Sending tons of love. B

          • Natalie
            October 15, 2019 at 3:15 pm

            Great! I’ll Try your suggestions.
            I’m excited to prove that we can EAT the foods that our bodies need, for them to function properly! Instead, of using protein supplements etc.

            I will let you know how it turns out!
            I will give her a huge hug from you 🙂

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    Josephine Osei-Kwarteng
    November 28, 2019 at 7:17 am

    Hi Natalie
    I am about to try your pink smoothie recommended by my boss.
    Please I will let you k know if I have more questions.
    Your website is great and helps us who have no Iron in our body.
    Thank you

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      Barbara Lamperti
      April 9, 2020 at 7:27 pm

      Thanks!! Let me know how it goes!! Ciao, b

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        Lauren R
        June 30, 2021 at 6:13 am

        Hello! I’m in the process of getting all the ingredients together to try your smoothie, and I’m wondering if you know the amount of iron in one smoothie? (For reference, the last smoothie I tried off the internet was “iron-boosting” at 4mg.)

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          Barbara Lamperti
          December 28, 2021 at 1:50 am

          Hi! Good question. Let’s calculate.
          1 small beet = 1 mg iron
          1/2 cup rasperries = 0.4 mg
          2 dried apricots = 0.5 mg
          1 tsp molasses = 0.3 mg
          1/2 avocado = 0.4 mg
          1 banana = 0.3 mg
          For a total more of less of 2.9 mg

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    June 11, 2020 at 5:10 am

    I was told not to mix calcium rich food (milk) with iron rich food as iron won’t be absorbed very well. Using plant based milk without added calcium seems like a good idea

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      Barbara Lamperti
      June 18, 2020 at 7:14 pm

      Correct! Dairy slows down the iron absorption. That’s why if boosting iron is your goal it’s always better to use plant based milk in the recipe. Ciao!!! B

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    May 25, 2021 at 9:33 pm

    About what % of someone’s daily iron intake is in this smoothie?

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      Barbara Lamperti
      May 26, 2021 at 6:36 pm

      Hi Jylian,
      good question! The suggested iron daily intake for toddlers is around 7 milligrams. The small beet will provide around 0.5 mg of iron, raspberries 0.4mg, 0.5mg from the dried apricots, 0.5mg from the molasses, 0.5 between the avocado and the banana. More or less you will have 2.5mg from the smoothie that is a bit more than 1/3 of the daily needed quantity. Considering that this recipe can be a snack or breakfast, it’s a good iron boost for the day 🙂
      Ciao! B

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