Oct 26, 2008

Jayden’s Smoothie

 

When it comes to my kiddo’s eating habits, I really can’t complain. However, there’s one thing he absolutely dislikes. Fruit. Amazing, isn’t it? I thought kids took to fruit naturally? Guess not. Aside from apples and an occasional grape, he’ll simply refuse to eat any kind of fruit unless it’s mashed, blended or incorporated into something.

Now for a short while I wasn’t even all too unhappy about that – this was after a frightening trip to the emergency room when he was 18 months old. He had a serious allergic reaction to some strawberries he ate earlier that day and I mean real serious. The kid had hives so bad, it was almost like his whole body and face were covered in huge blisters. Not to mention his terribly swollen eyes. Pretty scary.

So we’ve been testing the waters ever since. Seeing what fruits he can or can’t have (with a safe stash of anti-histamine in the fridge) and turning whatever he could have into a smoothie.

It got me hooked on smoothies as well. I found it’s fast, tasty, refreshing and it doubles as a healthy snack or breakfast for those times when I need a quick energy kick but run out of time.

Here’s our favorite.

 

Ingredients:

1/4 tsp vanilla essence
1/3 cup blueberries
1/3 cup raspberries
1/2 cup apple juice
few mint leaves
1/4 cup yogurt
3 ice cubes
1 banana

 

Directions:

Blueberries are perfect for smoothies. They possess a natural sweetness so you won’t have to add any sugar. They’re high in antioxidants and are a great source of vitamin C. The banana will give the smoothie its creaminess. The raspberries, well, they got this funky color thing going for them :)

 

Break out your blender. Peel the banana and slice it.

 

Add 1/3 cup blueberries and 1/3 cup raspberries to the banana slices. There’s something enticing about the different colors and texture of the fruit piled up like this. Gorgeous.

 

Add 1/4 cup of yogurt. I’ve used 0% fat.

 

Also pour in 1/2 cup apple juice. This will add plenty of sweetness.

 

I’m cheating a little here. The kiddo loves to drink juice, I’m fine with that but it’s not something I want him drinking too much, too often. So I’m using a light/diet version with less calories. They also sell orange juice like this over here.

 

Also threw in 1/2 tsp vanilla essence. Just for the fun of it, because I could.

 

You can omit this step, but I love the freshness a little mint gives, so I’ve added a few leaves. Not too much, but I really miss it when it’s not there.

 

Add a couple of ice cubes. Just a few, going for a slightly frozen concoction, not a liquid ice cream.

 

Pop the lid on, sit back and enjoy the show. I love to see everything spin around until it becomes a smooth, creamy drink with a wicked color.

 

Is this wild or what? Has to be the girly girl in me. The one who secretly watched ‘Pretty in pink’ over 63.428 times but who refused to wear dresses until late in her 20′s. I still don’t like dresses, but I digress.

 

Pour the smoothie in a tall glass. When it’s just you and your kiddo, stick a straw in there and you’re good to go. Want to make an impression? Garnish with some leftover fruit and a little mint, put a cheap Ikea desk light on it and take a photo :)


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    21 Comments »

    1. 1

      Found you via foodgawker and fell in love with your blog. I thought I liked the pioneer woman, but boy your photography is stunning. I also love how edible and healthy your recipes are! Kudos!

      Emily on Oct 26, 2008 @ 1:48 pm Reply
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      I just love smoothies, they are so refreshing to have in the morning or at anytime during the day. :) You use some of my favourite fruits to use in a smoothie too ^^

      Carina on Oct 27, 2008 @ 12:36 am Reply
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      Carina, aren’t they the best? I also use them as a quick breakfast for myself … throw in a small handful of allbran and I’m good to go.

      Kay on Oct 27, 2008 @ 8:06 am Reply
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      My son is exactly the same here too.Wont touch fruit unless its in a smoothie or mixed with something else.
      Loves his veggies to death though.The photo’s on this are absolutely dazzling!!
      I’m drooling over my keyboard.

      Denise on Oct 27, 2008 @ 12:24 pm Reply
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      Denise, we’ve just hit the terrible twos here so even veggies aren’t on his top 1 list right now, even though he used to devour them!

      Please tell me this, too, will pass. PLEASE :)

      Kay on Oct 27, 2008 @ 12:44 pm Reply
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      Your photographs are gorgeous!! And this smoothie looks amazingly tasty. As a budding still life digital photography myself (I’m in the process of launching a sewing/fabric blog) I’d be curious to know what equipment you use.

      Great blog!

      Vicki Bodwell on Oct 28, 2008 @ 4:45 pm Reply
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      Thanks Vicki!

      Under my ‘previous’ thumbnails you can find a link called ‘photos’, which probably explains a lot about how I go about things. For the first (intro) photo I only used a cheap ikea desklight because it turned evening, I lost the light but wanted to finish the posting.

      Kay on Oct 28, 2008 @ 4:51 pm Reply
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      jay!
      oh my god!! i love this recipe!
      and i’ll say it again, you are a food photo genius!
      im taking french cooking lessons and all the butter and cream is making me sick!
      i LOVE the fact that your recipes are so healthy!
      im going to make the smoothie today! :) will let you know how it goes!
      thanks!

      Raj on Oct 30, 2008 @ 7:04 pm Reply
    9. 9

      um.. typo!
      lol, the last comment was supposed to read kay! not jay :(
      :P
      sorry!

      Raj on Oct 30, 2008 @ 7:44 pm Reply
    10. 10

      Kay or Jay, is the same thing here :))

      Kay on Oct 30, 2008 @ 8:14 pm Reply
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      i made it! i made it!
      it was SOOOOOOOOOOO good!
      im in heaven!
      p.s: i am now addicted!

      Raj on Oct 31, 2008 @ 7:02 pm Reply
    12. 12

      So glad you liked it, Raj. It hits all the right spots for me. It’s creamy and sweet without being ‘too’ much of anything.

      Kay on Oct 31, 2008 @ 9:10 pm Reply
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      I buy overripe bananas, peel them and freeze them for my smoothies…then you don’t have to add ice cubes to get it real cold. I also add cooked carrots, like I used to make for baby food. These cooked carrots are also frozen in cheap plastic ice cube trays. I use about 3 and they add lots of color and flavor (and of course nutrition!)

      Great site. Nice layout and the photos ARE wonderful.

      Marty on Nov 12, 2008 @ 3:03 am Reply
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      Marty, freezing bananas is a fantastic idea. I really never thought of that, gonna try it today.

      I often throw in some beet puree as well, it really does wonders for the color and flavor. I mix a lot of vegetables with fruit and turn them into smoothies, it’s a great way to get vegetables into the little one that he otherwise wouldn’t touch with a 10 foot pole :)

      Kay on Nov 12, 2008 @ 9:28 am Reply
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      what a pretty color your smoothie turned out to be! i appreciate the photos and step-by-step instructions. i haven’t made one in forever and definitely think it’s time. YUM!

      megan on Nov 26, 2008 @ 10:12 pm Reply
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      I love a berry-ful smoothie but berries are a rarity here and they cost an arm and a leg! I will be dreaming about this tonight! :)

      Mrs Ergül on Nov 27, 2008 @ 5:53 am Reply
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      Hey, I like the way you made me leave a comment – not a stranger any more:). Stunning pictures, an the smoothie looks so very delicious!!

      Sunshinemom on Nov 27, 2008 @ 2:30 pm Reply
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      I found you via tastespotting. And I find your site is very nice :)
      I like smoothies, and your photos & colours are beautiful ;)

      suesse-mahlzeit on Nov 27, 2008 @ 5:08 pm Reply
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      your pictures are gorgeous and i loveee smoothies. what kinda camera do you have?

      Lauren on May 25, 2009 @ 6:36 am Reply
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      @Kay:
      i wish you were gay

      larie on May 25, 2009 @ 6:39 am Reply
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      yum yum YUMYMUMUYMYMYUM!!! Arrrrrghhh! way to give me a smoothie craving!!!

      Amycat on Sep 21, 2009 @ 2:39 pm Reply

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