Orange Smoothie Surprise

Orange Carrot Ginger Smoothie

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 Carrot Ginger Smoothie

 

ORANGE SMOOTHIE SURPRISE

INGREDIENTS
2 cups frozen peach slices
1 cup carrot juice
2 cups orange juice
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, peeled and chopped

Optional:
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!)

PREPARATION
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.

Lime Ginger Dressing

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I find this oddly delicious! I wasn’t expecting the flavors to blend as well as they did. Serve on a green leafy salad of course, but it could be used over veggies as well. Let me know how you used it.

 

Lime Ginger Dressing

Juice of 1 good sized lime
1 Tbsp finely grated fresh ginger
1/2 tsp salt
Dash of crushed black pepper, to taste
2 Tbsp olive oil

 

Combine all the ingredients together and whisk like crazy. Serve over fresh veggies or your favorite salad.

 

 

Carrot Orange Ginger Salad Dressing

We are currently avoiding vinegar on our special Autism diet because vinegar is made in a yeast culture. It also depletes the stomach of acids and can cause inflammation in the gut.  If you have read the premise of my program, you know that this counteracts what we are trying to do which is to heal the digestive system so we can boost brain power.

Vinegar is hard to avoid when dressing a salad so my challenge has become to figure out new ways to dress a salad and incorporate some nutrition into the mix. Here is another dressing option for you. As always, whenever possible, use organic ingredients to make the recipe.

My hubby really liked this dressing. If you’ve read other posts, you know that he is leery of healthy options (he prefers boxes with cheese packets in them). If he liked it enough to express his pleasure when eating it, it must be good. Let me know what you think.

Carrot Orange Ginger Salad Dressing

Ingredients

1/4 cup grated carrot

4 tablespoons fresh orange juice

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 teaspoon minced peeled fresh ginger

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

2 tablespoons finely chopped green onion

Directions

Combine all the ingredients except the green onion together and whisk until well combined. Adjust salt and pepper to taste. Add green onions and let the dressing sit for at least 30 minutes for the flavors to develop. Shake well prior to serving.

This dressing works well on most lettuces but it is particularly fabulous on arugula salads. Enjoy!