We all know how difficult it is to teach our children to eat healthy. I remember when my kids were young and the kind of conversations we had. “Dad, can I eat some ice-cream?” my son asked. “Son, you just had some chips, you are eating too much junk food” I replied. “And?” he responded. So I told him I’ll make him a sweet delicious tasting surprise. He went along with my idea and patiently waited in the living room. So instead of serving him a big bowl of ice-cream I decided to mix him a smoothie. I for myself usually make the really healthy ones with kale and spinach…you know what I mean. However that kind of smoothie wasn’t sweet enough for this occasion. I pulled out some frozen assorted berries from the freezer, a banana, Greek yogurt, just to name a few. Once he saw me placing the berries in the mixer he got really excited and he ask me if he could help. So what is better than to lead by example? To engage them in healthy eating habits, that way they will hopefully continue to make healthy choices for themselves; and most importantly for the rest of their lives. That was many years ago and rest is history…
I prefer to get organically grown or wild berries so I don’t have to worry about pesticides. This is in particular important for berries, since you can’t scrub them clean. I didn’t use ice-cream in this recipe, but Greek yogurt. Guess what, he never realized the absence of ice-cream. However, if you do have a sweet tooth, like me, go for it.
Another important aspect is the health benefits of berries. Don’t under estimate the incredible power that berries bring to the table, literally! There are packed with antioxidants, vitamin C and cancer fighting ingredients. The darker the colors the more health benefits they have. Many guides also recommend using a variety of colored fruits, ranging from red, blue, orange to yellow, that will increase the intake of different vitamins and minerals. So make it colorful.
Try the very berry minty smoothie with your kids and let me know how they liked it.
What is your twist to get your kids to eat healthy?
- 1 cup blueberries
- 0.5 cup strawberries
- 0.5 cup cherries
- 0.5 cup raspberries
- 0.5 banana
- 1 Greek vanilla yogurt
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 0.5 tsp cinnamon
- 0.25 cup pomegranate juice
- A few mint leaves,
- Place all ingredients in a mixer and blend until well incorporated. Pour in a 6 oz glass and decorate with a leftover fruit. Enjoy