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Kids Cook Monday Recipe: Smoothies
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Cooking With Kids
Kids relish the opportunity to make choices. They love to experiment and be hands-on. Smoothies are a quick and healthy treat that gives your child all three. Smoothies are great for moms and dads on the go, as well.
The following is more of a guideline than a traditional recipe since smoothies are a more relaxed food. The point of this article is to add “eaze” to the making of smoothies.
Your Child(ren)’s Participation
This recipe is simple enough that your child can make it with little-to-no adult involvement, especially if using pre-cut fruit.
The great thing about this recipe is that measurements don’t matter and just about anything goes (even veggies!!). The basics foundation of a smoothie is generally banana, however there are other solid fruit or veggies that can be used. Next, you need juice to help the ingredients blend and act as a sweetener. There are also things you can add if you want add some creaminess.
The secret to making a good smoothie is to experiment until you find combos that work for you. Here are some ideas:
- Chick Peas, (adds fibre and substance without lending a distinct flavour)
- Pear juice
- Peach juice
- Fruit punch
- Pineapple juice
- Orange juice
Ingredients to add creaminess:
- Milk (almond, rice or regular)
- Yogurt (with or without fruit)
- Peanut Butter
Ingredients to avoid:
- Coconut (the milk is okay, but not the meat)
- Pears (gives a gritty texture)
- Fruit seeds and pits
- Fruit skin from grapes, cherries, apples, etc.
Look around your kitchen and see what you have handy.
- Keep hands and fingers away from the blades of the blender/smoothie machine.
- Knives point away from people.
For more safety information when cooking with children, read Setting Kitchen Rules.
Bringing it Together
→ Cut any ingredients that need to be into small chunks;
→ Add your ingredients to a blender or smoothie maker;
→ Blend until creamy;
→ Pour into a glass and enjoy.
Post your favourite combination below!
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