As any parent will know, it can often be difficult to convince your children to eat fresh fruit and vegetables on a regular basis – the lure of cheap, unhealthy processed food can be very strong. One way around this is to work fruit and vegetables into the types of food which you know your kids will love. A perfect example is the smoothie, which will turn a bundle of fruit into a tasty, refreshing and wholesome milkshake-like drink which any child will fall for, especially on a hot day.
Smoothies can be mixed together from a wide variety of different fruits – the discovery of what combinations make the best smoothie is part of the fun, but here are some general tips to help get you on the way towards making this healthy blended drink. A good choice for a basic smoothie is based around frozen berries. Use 400 or so grams of berries, along with the same amount of fat-free yogurt, preferably fruit flavored. Stir in 100 grams of milk and you will have created a delicious berry smoothie – experiment with different combinations of berry varieties to find out what flavor works best for you. You could even mix in some oatmeal for a more substantial drink.
Coconut milk is a smoothie ingredient which a lot of people forget about. This will go well with banana, which in itself is a creamy fruit, along with peach for a bit of tang. Honey is also an ideal addition. Look also into buying tropical fruits. Fruits such as mangos and passion fruit are best kept away from milk and instead mixed into pure fruit juice, such as orange juice. Try out different kinds of fruit – large suppliers will have many unfamiliar varieties, so it is always worth taking a look at what might suit your taste.
So, as you can see, once you get your kids making and drinking smoothies, a whole new world of healthy fruit will be opened up to them.
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