Sometimes I feel like all my kids ever do is snack. They are always asking for snacks, looking in the fridge, and begging for treats. But when I put a healthy meal in front of them, they suddenly aren’t hungry anymore. I have a rule that requires them to try everything on their plates, but I don’t turn meal times into a battle by trying to force them to eat everything on their plates. I just don’t have the energy for that! So how do I make sure that they are still getting the healthy food they need in their diets? I make sure that the treats they are given are packed full of the healthy foods and nutrients that their growing bodies need.
One of the easiest ways to get some calcium, omega 3s and fruit into my kids, is to make them fruit smoothies. They love them, and by making them myself I can control what I put in them. I can make a simple fruit smoothie like the one shown below, or I can sneak in some veggies too. Cucumbers add a fresh flavour that the kids enjoy (make sure you peel it first, because they do notice green floaty things in their smoothies, and they don’t like it). Yogurt is great for added protein and it adds a little thickness to the smoothie, and a bit of puree carrot will get them the Vitamin A they need. I keep frozen purees and fruit ready for smoothies.
- 2 cups Dairy Oh! milk
- 1 cup frozen berries (I used a berry mixture with pomegranate)
- 1 tsp honey
- Blend the ingredients until smooth. Add water if you feel the smoothie is too thick.
You can substitute the berries for any fruit/vegetable combination that you like.
I love that this simple drink is considered a real treat by my kids, but it has none of the sugar or artificial ingredients that children usually look for in a treat. I will be sharing more great recipes for kids in the coming months, so be sure to stop by!