Fruit smoothies are the only way I can get my kids to enjoy fruit. I have tried and tried to make fruit fun and a treat and normal. My eldest is ok and likes a few fruits, but my youngest just will not eat fruit – or vegetables – without a battle.
I find that fruit smoothies are an easy way to get a lot of fruit into them without complaints and they actually love them. I used to buy them in cartons, but now I let the kids choose what fresh fruit they want and I get them involved in preparing the fruit and whizzing up the mixture. We experiment with different fruits and I spend a lot less time worrying about how little fruit my kids are eating.
It is quite a handy way of using up fruit as well as we are all a bit picky about fruit being just right when we eat it, but it can be a bit past its best and it is still fine in a smoothie.
I do have a smoothie maker, however it is a great big piece of kit and it is a pain to wash up after use. My preferred method is simply using a tall measuring jug and an electric whisk. I am a bit nervous about the whisk so the kids know it is my job to do the mixing with the electronic whisk but they can have a mix up of the fruit with a fork or spoon.
You can use all sorts of ingredients, but our favourites are oranges, bananas, pineapple, raspberries, strawberries, kiwi, apple, blueberries, blackberries, pear. We have added yogurt and milk to strawberries and banana.
You can use frozen fruits as well and I often buy the frozen packs of forest fruits or berries and throw them in. I do find that if I put the frozen bits in last I often end up spreading frozen bits of fruit around the kitchen, which isn’t ideal so best to get them in first and cover with fresh fruit. We have also added juice sometimes when it is a bit thick and cranberry juice, orange juice or pomegranate juice are all great to thin it down and sweeten it.
This week I managed to get my eldest daughter to get dressed for school and down for breakfast in record time as I promised her a smoothie if she could get down quickly enough. That will be a useful trick to remember on those days when she isn’t feeling very motivated.
My next challenge will be to try adding vegetables such as carrot and beetroot. When they were little tots I did add a bit of spinach now and again to blended fruit. I couldn’t taste it in and amongst stewed apple and oranges so that was a handy hidden ingredient. I can just imagine the reaction if I attempted that now and the dark green colour would not go down well.