Sunday, July 22, 2007
Let's Drink to your Good Health!
Fruit juice is a good way to introduce fruits to children, especially for those who are very picky about the apperance of the fruit. My kids will only eat apples, oranges, bananas grapes and mangoes. Any other variety and they say "Yucks" without even sampling one. So the Perfect Solution - Fruit Juices of course.
I've introduced pineapples, papayas, starfruits, strawberries and many others by making it into a frothy fruit juice. My personal favorite is a tall glass of cold Green Apple and Carrot Mixed Juice.
The next step - getting creative by adding fruits to milk or yogurt.
Milkshakes are hot a fovourite with most kids, so make your own at home and add fruits to make it an even more healthier drink for your child.
Lassi is a traditional South Asian beverage, originally from Punjab made by blending yogurt with water, salt, and spices until frothy.
My favourite Lassi is Mango Lassi. Its sweet and sour and just yummy. Add in cut pieces of fruits on top of the glass of Lassi to make it even more delicious.
Here are some of my favourite fruit concoctions.
Fruit Milk Shake
1 banana }
1/2 apple - peeled } Cut into small pieces
1/2 cup milk }
1 tsp honey } Combine together
Put all ingredients in the blender, whirl until frothy.
Chill before serving.
(Any other two fruits of your choice can be substituted.)
Tropical Fruit Smoothie - Serves 2
1/2 small papaya
6 ounce yogurt - plain or fruit flavoured as per your choice.
Whirl everything in a blender.
Add milk or juice if the mixture is too thick.
Pour into tall glasses.
Top with chopped fruits or nuts.
(Makes delicious and healthy desert.)
Walnut Milkshake - serves 2 ( for those who are calorie conscious)
1 cup low-fat yogurt
1/2 cup skim Milk
1/4 cup shelled walnut
Pour all ingredients into a blender and whirl until smooth. (small chunks of walnut will remain.)
Serve in a tall glass.
Mango Lassi - serves 4 - 6
3 ripe mangoes
1 1/2 cups plain non-fat yogurt
3 tbsp brown sugar
a few handfuls of ice
1. Peel and chop the mangoes into chunks.
2. Dump all ingredients into blender, blend and drink.