Many parents don't know how to make smoothies so they shy away from making them for their child. Healthy smoothies are a great way to add calories to a diet. Read on and we will teach you everything you need to know to prepare healthy smoothies for your child.
If you think about it, it’s actually very easy to make smoothies for your baby. The basic ingredients include a liquid, preferably a high calorie one such as cow’s milk, soy, almond or oat milk, or perhaps juice, if any kind of milk is absolutely refused. You will also need fruit or vegetables to puree into the liquid to make it thicker and tastier.
A few examples of healthy smoothies include:
1 cup whole milk/1 c strawberries/1 banana
1 cup Soy milk/1 cup mango/1 peach
½ cup orange juice/1 cup whole milk/1 banana
Honestly, once you know how to make smoothies the possibilities are endless. Get creative and work with fruits and vegetables you know your child likes to show them different twists on the classics. Just about any fruit and vegetable will work, and by using a high calorie liquid to begin with you can give your child high calorie healthy smoothies.
What equipment do I need to make healthy smoothies?
Not much equipment is needed when you are learning how to make smoothies besides a knife and a good blender. The best blender I’ve found is the Blendtec Total Blender Four Side. This blender is very high quality and blends to the perfect consistency. If you are not ready to spend a lot of money on a blender right now though, any high quality blender is good to get started.
So that’s basically all you need to know to make healthy smoothies! With a few basic ingredients and very little equipment you can make your child many great healthy smoothies and give them to him in place of a meal or snack. These drinks can contain 250 calories or more per 8 ounce serving, so don’t underestimate the amount of calories your child can easily get from them. Many children prefer drinking liquids to eating, so this may be a great way to get a significant amount of calories into your child.