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Smoothies as a supplement to your child's nutrition

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If your young child is like many others, you may have a hard time getting them to eat enough fruits and vegetables. Parents are concerned that their children are not getting enough of the essential vitamins, minerals and other nutrients their little bodies need to grow and develop. One satisfying and simple solution to this are smoothies. There really is no wrong way to make a smoothie if you are adding tasty and healthy ingredients. You can add virtually any fruit (frozen is best) into a blender with milk and yogurt and create a healthy snack that children would never guess are actually good for them. Vegetables and other immune boosting ingredients can also be added and kids will never know they are there. Some fresh greens like parsley, kale or spinach are a few, as well as carrots. Start with just a small amount so they go undetected, and eventually work up to higher amounts as they get used to it. Adding natural sweeteners, such as honey or agave nectar, are a good way to cover up any slight healthy taste that may slipped through. Finally, you can add in fillers such as hemp, flax and chia seeds (yes, like the chia pet) to give the smoothie even more beneficial nutrients like fiber and protein. Here is one example of a smoothie that sweet toothed children are sure to love. Place in the blender in the following order:

1c. milk (regular or almond)

1 c. strawberries

1/2 c. pineapple juice

1/2c. pineapple

1 small banana

Handful of kale or spinach leaves

1tbs. chia seeds (optional)

Agave nectar or honey

Blend together until a thick, liquidy texture has formed. You may need to add additional ice cubes if fruit is fresh and not frozen. Enjoy!

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