Deborah Harroun dreamed that her three kids would be great eaters, gobbling up curries and spinach quiche at meals and raw veggies for afternoon snacks. After the stage of veggie purees ended and solid food began, the picky eating stage started.
One morning, after feeding the kids breakfast, she drank her smoothie and noticed the kids were interested in having some of what she was drinking. That’s when she started experimenting with smoothies to get more fruits, dairy and even veggies into their diet. Harroun compiled her recipes, all approved by her own picky eaters, into Best 100 Smoothies for Kids: Incredibly Nutritious and Totally Delicious No-Sugar-Added Smoothies for Any Time of Day. The new book is filled with recipes and tips for breakfast, lunchtime, snacktime, dessert and even bedtime smoothies. Here are a couple breakfast favorites from Harroun’s book:
The combination of cherries and bananas with the creamy Greek yogurt makes this a delicious, kid-friendly breakfast. My kids drink down these big, sweet servings in a flash. Makes 4 (10-ounce) Servings
2 cups milk
2 cups frozen cherries
2 frozen ripe bananas ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
1. Pour the milk into a blender. Add the cherries.
2. Slice the bananas and add them to the blender along with the yogurt. Blend until smooth.
Carrot Banana Berry
Carrot juice is slightly sweet and pairs well with many fruits. Adding it to smoothies is a great way to introduce a vegetable at breakfast. It is also easy to find at most major grocery stores. This combination of carrots, bananas and blueberries is one that your kids will love. Makes 4 (9-ounce) Servings
1 cup plain unsweetened almond milk
1 cup carrot juice 2 frozen ripe bananas
2 cups frozen blueberries
1. Pour the almond milk and carrot juice into a blender.
2. Slice the bananas and add them to the blender along with the blueberries. Blend until smooth.
Recipes © 2015 by Deborah Harroun and used by permission of The Harvard Common Press amazon.com/Best-100-Smoothies-Kids-No-Sugar-Added/dp/1558328475/