Moms often tell me they can’t get their kids to eat any veggies or try new fruits. Get creative by mixing a variety of produce into something every kid loves…smoothies. This orange smoothie has surprise ingredients that will give your child needed nutrients.
It tastes delicious and your child will never know what’s in it unless you tell them. Word of caution: if your child is the kind of kid who won’t ever drink this again if you tell them what’s in it – don’t tell them. Just offer it as a peach and orange juice smoothie and let them drink in all the nutrients. Then you can feel good knowing you’ve given them a treat that is healthy, nutritious and tastes sweet without any added sugar.
When they are older and healthier (because you’ve been sneaking in veggies and new fruits…) they will likely be more open to knowing the facts. Especially if they have grown to love the smoothies you make!
What tips and tricks do you use to get your child to eat more veggies and try different fruits?
ORANGE SMOOTHIE SURPRISE
2 cups frozen peach slices
1 cup carrot juice
2 cups orange juice
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
1 cup of cantaloupe or other orange colored melon (the more fruit the better!)
2 tablespoons ground flaxseed (if your child can tolerate a little texture adding flax gives them fiber and omegas!)
Combine peaches, carrot juice, orange juice and ginger (and optional ingredients) in blender; blend until smooth. Serve immediately.
TIPS & NOTES
- Look for ground flaxseeds (or flaxmeal) in the natural-foods section of large supermarkets or in natural-foods stores. Store in the refrigerator or freezer.
- Whenever possible, use fresh, organic produce. However, using frozen peaches make this smoothie nice and cold.
*The smoothie pictured here does contain flaxseed meal.