My children have a problem. An addiction. Something they ask for morning, noon, and night. (Even more than they ask for TV.)
My kids are smoothie addicts.
It’s all my mom’s fault. She’s the one who introduced the smoothie into our lives. And indulged the kids’ every-morning request when we stayed at her house for the holidays (and last summer, and the winter before that).
Truth be told, it’s probably my very favorite toddler addiction. To them: majorly awesome frozen sweet treat. To me: fruit and calcium. And it couldn’t be any easier.
The specifics, as we make them at my house, in case you’ve never made a smoothie yourself:
- 4 (ish) strawberries, fresh or frozen
- 1/4 cup (ish) frozen blueberries
- 1 ripe banana
- 1/3 cup (ish) yogurt, any flavor or plain
- 1/3 cup (ish) milk
Clearly, you can see I’m not scientific about this, I just dump stuff in the blender. If I’m using fresh strawberries, I’ll often throw in a couple of ice cubes to keep things nice and cold. Switch it up and throw different kinds of fruit (fresh or frozen) in there. Or, as we did at my mother-in-law’s house when I was improvising, a little scoop of mango ice cream. You can’t go wrong, and aside from the occasional ice cream, you can’t argue with its nutritional value.
So, as long as my blender pitcher is dishwasher-safe, my kids can have a smoothie any day of the week.
P.S. If grandpa is there when you’re making smoothies one day, and tells the kids to “hold their ears” because it’s loud, your son may do this every time you make one: