I am always on the lookout for easy solutions to tough problems. This recipe helped to solve 2 problems in one.
A few days ago, Mason was having a hard day. I decided to get a smoothie while out. For some reason, this sent Mason over the top and he cried until we got home and I was able to give him some of the smoothie in a cup. He was perfectly happy and content for the rest of the night until he went to bed. Huh?, that was weird I thought.
The other issue is that Mason is now realizing there is juice as an option for a drink. Typically, Mason only gets one 8 oz cup filled with half to three quarters water and the rest 100% fruit or vegetable juice. He is now asking for more juice. Enter the smoothie.
Giving Mason this smoothie treat not only gives him some variety, but is a good choice for him. It makes him happy to have something different too. It also took him a while to drink it, so he didn't ask for juice that day either. There is no added sugar in the smoothie recipe, just the sweetness from the fruit.
I found this recipe on ehow, but there are tones of them out there, each with their own little twist.
1 banana, peeled and cut into pieces
5 medium strawberries, tops removed, washed and cut into pieces
1/4 cup orange juice
1 handful of ice cubes
1 6oz container of vanilla yogurt (strawberry or banana yogurt would also work)
- Add all ingredients to the blender.
- Put the lid on the blender and plug it into an electrical outlet.
- Pulsate the blender on the ice crush setting of the blender, until you thoroughly combine the ingredients for your strawberry banana yogurt smoothie.
- Pour the strawberry banana yogurt smoothie into cup and enjoy!
I also like that as an alternative treat to the everyday. I also like that Mason will drink this on days were he isn't eating much. This was he is at least getting fruit and yogurt, which are both great for him!