We made fruit smoothies today and last Friday too, I think we will make a tradition out of it.
I find that making smoothies with the children serves three primary purposes: nutrition, practical life work, and exploration. Of course, we know smoothies are an easy way to get fruit into your children's stomachs. And they are delicious! If you are bold, you can incorporate vegetables into your smoothie too.
When we work together to make the smoothie, the children patiently take turns contributing to the work. We measure and decide together which ingredients go in.
The most interesting part is watching the blender make changes to the produce size, shape, and color. We talk about the food changing from solid to liquid.
Some of the children really enjoyed these smoothies but others have their doubts. We know they are sweet and delicious, but sometimes the sensory processing of the cold drink feels strange. If you add green vegetables, the green color can really deter some of our friends!
If you make smoothies at home but your child is not interested, continue to encourage your child to try the drink. Sometimes it takes several tastes before a child is ready to commit to the colorful, cold refreshment.
- 1 cup berries (frozen is best)
- 1 half banana (frozen)
- 1/2 cup apple juice
- 1/2 cup ice
- Handful spinach (optional)
Add all ingredients into the blender. Blend on high until the smoothie swirls at the top. If the blender stalls, add juice or water until it moves again. Pour and enjoy right away!