If your children (or husband) are anything like mine, then you often see raised noses at dinner time. Unusual foods, textures, colors, or smells can send them running to hid under their beds and leave plates full of food.
I know that this is all part of growing up and learning to step out of comfort zones and try new foods. However, what do I do in the meantime? I’m not the type of mother to sit and force-feed my children nor am I going to let them starve.
I do practice the “eat what’s placed before you as I’m not making separate meals for everyone” parenting style. One way that I’ve found to get the kids, and yes even the husband, to get those healthy vitamins and minerals is to blend them!
Enter The Smoothies
Yes, smoothies are fun, healthy and incredibly easy to make for snacks or even a lunch. I love being able to ‘hide’ foods and even things like Omega-3 oils right in the smoothie. Here is a great smoothie recipe from my friend, Dr Heather Manley ND author of Human Body Detectives:
Berry and Banana Smoothie
Smoothie With Cousins
Owen and Max’s (a.k.a. The Cousins) favorite ingredients:
Dump of milk (adjust in to how thick you want the shake to be)
With the help of older cousins or your parents, put everything in your blender and mix up until smooth. Pour into glasses and add straws if you like! Cheers!
Merrin and Pearl’s favorite smoothie recipe ingredients:
Mangos, strawberries and a banana
Blueberries, peaches and a banana
whey or rice based protein powder ( 1 or 2 scoops)
cod liver oil ( 1 tsp or so)
probiotics (when mom is around!)
water or milk – rice, almond, cow’s whatever you fancy
Smoothies are super easy to make – so easy that the kids can do it themselves. Check out how the Human Body Detective cousins make their own Smoothie With Cousins
What are your favorite ingredients to hide in a smoothie?
Alaina Frederick, publisher of Dinker & Giggles, loves helping to create a healthy environment for her four boys and husband. Her favorite time of year is winter - trees blanketed with fresh snow, hot cocoa in hand, and a great book completing the package.