As our readers know by now, our recipes usually come from The Chef, but this Saturday evening’s recipe, Easy Toddler Smoothies (a healthy toddler snack!) is one I actually developed after learning a great tip from Faith Filled Food for Moms and Grandmothers for feeding yogurt to toddlers! We buy some organic foods when possible, and yogurt is one of those that we usually buy organic. One particular brand is runny, and it has always been a messy snack because of that.
So when I read about using a straw and serving it more like a drink, I could not wait to give it a try with The Well-Fed Daughter:
It was a perfect “solution” to the “problem” of yogurt being such a messy snack. Using a knife, you just cut a small slit through the top of the yogurt container, and slide a straw right through it:
After seeing how well it worked, I began experimenting with plain yogurt. I was not pleased with the amount of sugar in the store-bought yogurts with fruit mixed into them, so I wanted to see if I could add fruits and fruit juices to the plain yogurt to aim for an end result with less sugar and still have a drinkable snack. My first recipe that came out of this:
- 1/4 cup plain yogurt
- 1 half of a banana
- Fruit juice (I used the juice from a container of peaches, but apple juice would work as well.)
- Using a fork, mash banana until it liquifies.
- In a cup, mix banana with yogurt.
- Add a little juice and stir. Repeat this process until the mixture reaches desired consistency.
Recipe Adaptation: The Well-Fed Son cannot eat a lot of bananas, so I simply leave the banana out of his, and he loves this “yogurt drink,” as we call it, with just the yogurt and juice from the peaches.
Both of my children love this snack, and it being delicious and healthy makes it a winner to me, too. I hope your children enjoy it as much as ours do… it is now a frequently requested snack in our home!