Bananas and yogurt and milk, oh my!
The mother's dream snack is a smoothie -- a little dairy, a little fruit, a little fiber and a lot of delicious. Your toddler will drink it down like a milk shake. The smoothie made with yogurt has much less fat than a milk shake and many other nutrients. Fill up her cup, and she will ask for more.
1Put 1 cup of milk in the blender. Your best choice is low fat or skim milk. A plant based milk, like soy or almond milk also works well in a smoothie. Let your toddler pour the milk into the blender after you have measured it together.
2Add 1 cup of fresh or frozen fruit to the blender. One-half cup of berries, peaches or pears teamed with 1/2 cup of bananas is a tasty combination. The banana gives the smoothie a creamy texture. Letting your toddler put the fruit into the blender keeps him interested in his breakfast or snack.
3Add 1/2 cup of nonfat or low fat plain yogurt. Many flavored yogurts have up to 27 grams of sugar. Sticking to the plain yogurt and adding your own fruit lets you be in control of your child's sugar intake.
4Add a tablespoon of flax meal or rolled oats to the smoothie to boost the fiber intake for your toddler. Fiber helps your child's digestive system stay regular, gives him omega-3 fats -- the good fats -- which makes him smarter and starts him on a heart-healthy diet.
5Let your toddler push the blend button. Give him a warning that the blender will be loud. Either have him cover his ears, or say, "Go" and "Stop" to start and stop the blender. Keep the lid tight with your hand on top. Your toddler will delight in watching the pulverizing motion inside the blender. If you need a little sweetener, you can add honey for kids over 1 year old.
6Add some dark greens to the smoothie to really up the nutrition level. Spinach, kale or beet greens, just a handful, will add vitamin A, vitamin C and potassium to her morning breakfast or afternoon snack. A blueberry smoothie will hide the green color of the spinach. Open the lid, put in the leaves and turn the blender back on. Your toddler will love putting handfuls of spinach in and watching the blender gobble it up.Pour the nutritious drink in cups for both of you and enjoy. All of this goodness is good for moms, too.
Things You'll Need
- Flax meal