In a bid to get children to eat healthier, ‘The Cook At Home Dad’ shares tips and recipes he creates for and with his kids.
My number one go-to sneaky ninja-dad meal is the smoothie. I serve smoothies for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even sometimes disguised (while frozen) as dessert!
I know that by serving smoothies on a daily basis, I can get my finicky eater to enjoy a healthy serving (or two) of fruits and vegetables, without her realizing it not only tastes great and is decadent, but is also good for her!
I typically advise everyone to get their kids involved with preparing meals, but for smoothies – because they are such a covert operation – I tend to prepare them in advance of waking my kids, so they can simply know the amazing deliciousness of the meal (and stay blissfully ignorant to what is actually inside the frosty, creamy, frothy deliciousness).
Basic Smoothie Recipe:
1 C Frozen Strawberries
1 C non-fat vanilla yogurt (regular or Greek)
¾ C vegetable infused fruit juice (google for popular name brands – the best is pomegranate blueberry)
Ice, as desired for consistency
- Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
- Serve in a fun glass with a straw and call it “energy power drink!”
- Freeze any leftovers in ice cube trays for after school snacks, or quick “pick me ups” while doing homework.
*** you can add wheat germ, pureed greens (such as kale or spinach), and substitute any fruits for different flavor combinations
***Tip: have your children help you make “ice pops” by having them fill ice pop molds after you have combined all the ingredients!
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Originally appeared on The Cook At Home Dad. Reprinted with permission.