However, with children, it is important to remember that they are more likely to be attracted to sugary, sweet and salty snacks rather than nutrient-rich smoothies. The healthier a smoothie is, the more likely your child will eat it. The following are tips for making juice blends, smoothies and other foods that your child may enjoy.
Most juice mixes, smoothies and juices for babies and young children are made with frozen or fresh vegetables and fruits. Young infants can also enjoy juices without added sugar, but you may want to avoid fruit juices altogether while your baby is still a toddler. In addition, juices with added sweeteners should be limited. Adding a small amount of natural honey, molasses or syrup to a juice mix can make it sweet enough for a child to drink without creating an additional sugar addiction. Once your child reaches the point at which they can accept fruit juices without guilt, you can add vegetables as a supplement.
Vegetables can be used in a juicing or blending process to make juice blends. The vegetables should be steamed before adding them to a juice blend. It helps to preserve valuable nutrients such as vitamin C, beta-carotene and essential fatty acids. Vegetables that tend to have a high water content, such as celery, spinach, carrots, radishes and watermelons, should be avoided favouring softer vegetables like green, leafy vegetables, citrus vegetables, zucchini and cucumbers. Fruits can easily incorporate into a smoothie include apricots, bananas, apples, peaches, strawberries, oranges and grapes.
In addition to adding greens to smoothies and juices, consider adding quality vitamins and minerals. A good juicer will give you the ability to add in whole grains, nuts and protein. If you consider adding nuts or meats to your child’s diet, ensure that these ingredients are organic and free from preservatives. For children suffering from a peanut allergy, it is best to choose peanut butter with no added fats or artificial flavours.
There are many organic and natural health products available for children. If you want to introduce your child to organic products, consider using probiotics for good bacteria in their body. Probiotic supplements can be purchased individually or can be found in health bars, juices and smoothies. If you wish to treat an existing case of diarrhoea, there are plenty of available probiotic drinks. You may also want to try probiotics for their beneficial effects on the digestive system and help your child maintain a healthy balance of microorganisms in the gastrointestinal tract.
Once you begin introducing organic products to your child’s diet, they may become interested in creating a smoothie to enjoy during meals. It is easy to prepare these smoothies at home. All you need is a Vitamins and Nutritional Supplements tablet, blended raw fruit or veggie juice, non-fat yoghurt and non-dairy milk or soy milk. You can add various items to the smoothie, such as granola, nuts, granola bars, pretzels or other snack foods.