Awhile ago, I wrote about how to stock your child's pantry. Now it's time to put some of those ingredients to use.
Let's start with smoothies.
In case you haven't yet realized the reasons why a daily smoothie is important for kids, I'm here again to inform you!
Call it my pantry basics 101 first rule of thumb if you will.
Everyday you should make your child a smoothie (esp when you don't have time to sit and feed your babes). It's a great nourishing, on-the-go meal that packs a lot of healthy ingredients into one little sweet meal.
Here's a few things (see the past pantry post) you add to your daily smoothies:
coconut oil and/or flax oil w/ DHA
protein powder of your choice - and/or scoop of raw almond butter
frozen organic fruit
greens (fresh or powdered)
milk (goats milk, organic cow milk or better yet almond, cashew milk or coconut water)
banana, ripe (frozen or fresh)
This is a great basic smoothie that your child will LOVE. If they do not love it at first attempt, keep trying. Eventually they will turn around.
note: I know that this isn't an exact recipe. But PLEASE I encourage you to play with the above items and find something that works for you and your family! You honestly can't go wrong. If it seems too watery, add more fruit or protein powder, if it seems to thick, add more liquid. Not sweet enough - add a touch of sweetener. Adding sweetener is GREAT if your child is super picky (all kids love sweet things, just don't over do it every time).
I also like smoothies because my son HATES eating fruit. It's a texture thing. A smoothie allows him to consume some healthy fibrous fruit along with some protein and greens for the day.
Everybody likes their smoothies different. Explore. Have fun!
NEXT UP: My Child's Day In The Life of eating