Sunday, 26 January 2014

Smoothies

In addition to our "Biscuit Bake-Off" the twins and I have been trying some new ideas as I try and hand over a little of the control over their diet.

My daughter is far more willing to experiment, and far less fussy than her twin brother. She had been reading about how to make smoothies in one of the cookbooks we have here and actually came to me unprompted with her version of the recipe.

To be honest, it's not necessarily a "recipe" because you can put pretty much anything into a blender and whizz it up. What interested me was her plan to try with and without banana, which she hates.

Ingredients

Raspberries
Cherries
Grapes
Blackberries (not the cheapest time of the year to be trying this!!!)
orange juice

then the same again with banana added.


She did actually try both versions, but pronounced the second "pretty disgusting, too bananery". No surprise there then....

But what really interested both of us was how thick the one with banana became, and very quickly. It was a useful reminder that banana is an excellent alternative to other raising agents and makes a good thickener too!

20 comments:

  1. I am with her on the banana-hating! Great that she was happy to give it a try though.

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  2. Your daughter did well to try something she which she normally doesn't like! I doubt I'd be so willing to experiment :-)

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  3. I'm really not a smoothie fan at all but my son loves them!

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  4. We love milkshakes and smoothies here - Emmy would have for every meal if she could

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  5. I never knew that about the bananas.

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  6. I am totally with your daughter about the banana hating bit :)

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  7. I love smoothies, my son won't have them as yet though. I love lots of berries in mine.

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  8. Mmm....I adore smoothies - and they are great for making with kids who love chopping (with a safe knife) and watching all the fruits get whizzed up :-)

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  9. Smoothies are great. I have one who likes banana, the only fruit he will ever eat! And another who hates it, and eats any fruit except banana - total opposites

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  10. Awww, bless her. My boys love smoothies - they are expensive this time of year, but so good for warding off colds. Well done to your daughter for trying something different using an ingredient she doesn't like :)

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  11. Ooooh we love a good smoothie we need a bit of an immune booster here as Kyd's is a bit crap. (Hope it has all gone well at GOSH)

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  12. Mine love making smoothies - it's the best way I know to get them to eat fruit.

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  13. My children love making smoothies and it's brilliant for getting a whole mix of fruit into them....although I'm not a big banana fan either and they are usually in smoothies...so more for them!! :)

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  14. Lately (since Mark is on a soft diet) we are huge smoothies and shakes fans... they are perfect way for small "cheer me up"

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  15. Ooh you're making me crave one of those - with the banana! Great experiment :)

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  16. Sounds lovely! We ought to make these more often!

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  17. I like this try with and without idea. Brilliant that your daughter was willing to have a try of both :)

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  18. Sounds like you have a gourmet on your hands there with that readiness to try things and experiment with tastes :-)

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  19. Love that you're getting them involved like this :) I love a good smoothie and I think we'll make them together this evening. Thanks for the inspiration!

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