We love making smoothies for a healthy, delicious snack. Everyone can participate and they are fun to make! For years I didn’t think smoothies were an option for us, due to an allergy to dairy in our house. I thought that perhaps I’d have to use some type of dairy substitute for milk or yogurt.
One day I challenged my assumptions and realized we could still have smoothies and didn’t need milk at all! I learned from Linda Coss (a famous food allergy cookbook author) that she uses fruit juice in her smoothies and frozen fruit.
A ha! Frozen fruit instead of ice… fruit juice instead of dairy. It was brilliant. And while some people may use a formal recipe – here’s what works for us:
1. Start with fruit. We like blueberries, strawberries, peaches and bananas in our smoothies. We always keep store-bought frozen fruit ready to go (you can find it in the freezer section), and I freeze bananas when they start to get over- ripe rather than throw them away.
Typically I’ll use mostly frozen fruit along with some fresh. In the picture to the right, the berries and peaches were frozen, but the bananas were fresh.
2. Add juice. We like to use orange juice. I pour the blender 1/2 to 3/4 of the way with juice. You can start with less and see how you like the consistency. I like ours liquid enough to use a straw, but some people prefer to eat their smoothies with a spoon. 🙂
3. Blend. You only need to do this until the fruit and juice blend up together. It’s usually 20-30 seconds for us. Just feel your way.
My kiddos love these and I do, too! I’d love to hear how you make smoothies at your house. Leave a comment or tweet me!
You can find more food allergy posts, tips & recipes on my Food Allergy page. I’d also love to connect with you on my Marketing Mama facebook page and twitter. This post, and all posts on this blog, are written from my experiences as a parent of a child with food allergies. I am not a medical expert or a nutritionist. Consult with a doctor on your personal medical situation.
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