Mindful Eating: Getting your Kids into the Kitchen: Fresh Fruit Smoothies
Getting your Children Interested in Food
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For younger children, one of the easiest ways of introducing them to the kitchen is to tempt them with a sweet, fruit smoothie.
Smoothies are easy and can be made all year, changing
the flavor according to what fruits are in season.
So as to avoid adding sugar, it’s best to choose a fruit that is very ripe and sweet, and, of course, one that your child likes. Letting your child choose the fruit is also a way of teaching him or her how to shop for fresh fruit, and explain why you don’t buy strawberries from Chile at Christmas. Local fruit is not only fresher and therefore has more vitamins, but it is also nicer on the purse.
Bananas are good all year, and can be mixed with different fruits in the summer. There are endless combinations that change with the seasons.
At the moment, strawberries, melons, peaches, and raspberries are already available in the Geneva region or from nearby France or Italy. Indian mangoes make a divine smoothie, similar to an Indian lassi, and always a favorite for children. The buttery, honey-flavored yellow kiwis from New Zealand have a very short season, but are not as acidic as the green ones, and have just come on the market.
Take a look at what’s in season before you go to the market.