Most parents would answer vegetables, fruit, and calcium (well, at least most Pediatricians would say calcium).
A fruit and yogurt smoothie is a quick, easy and healthy way to get more fruit and calcium into your child's diet.
- 1/2 cup of your child's favorite fruit, such as peaches, bananas, pineapples, strawberries, mangos, etc.
- 3/4 cup of yogurt
- 1 cup milk
- 1 tablespoon sugar (optional)
Put all of the ingredients into a blender and puree them together until smooth.
Pour into a chilled glass and serve with a straw.
Keep in mind that you may have to add ice or use frozen fruit if you really want to serve it cold. Also, a banana may be needed to get the smoothie to the right consistency (thick and creamy).
Healthy Smoothie Recipe IdeasAlthough a good source of fruit, plus calcium and other vitamins and minerals, this high in fat and sugar. For a healthy smoothie, you can:
- use nonfat yogurt
- use skim milk
- use an artificial sweetener
- add a supplement, such as Carnation Instant Breakfast Mix, to get more vitamins, minerals and calories into your smoothie
- keep the skin on when using fruits like apples and pears to get extra fiber into your smoothie
Alternative Smoothie Recipe IdeasIf your child doesn't like this fruit yogurt smoothie recipe, or in order to offer some variety, you might consider:
- using ice cream instead of yogurt, although then you basically have a milk shake and not a smoothie
- making a soy smoothie using soy yogurt and either soy milk (or rice milk) instead of cow's milk and regular yogurt if your child has a milk allergy
- using 100% fruit juice instead of milk and yogurt. If you use orange juice that is high in calcium, this smoothie becomes a good way for kids with milk allergies to get their calcium.
- using honey instead of sugar
- adding peanut butter to add more protein to your smoothie (goes best with a banana as the other main ingredient)