Most children will eat some fruit without too much fuss. If yours isn’t one of them, a smoothie might be the answer. You can also pour it into moulds and freeze for delicious, healthy iceblocks. The tofu offers a boost of protein, as well as some iron, calcium, vitamin E and omega-3 fats.
- 1 cup chopped fruit (choose from banana, strawberry, papaya, mango or mixed berries)
- 3 tablespoons plain yoghurt
- 250ml (1 cup) milk (or almond milk, rice milk or soy milk)
- 1 tablespoon honey (not suitable for children under 12 months)
- 1 tablespoon wheatgerm
- 1 teaspoon tahini (optional)
- 2 cm slice silken tofu (optional)
- 4 ice cubes
- Place all the ingredients in a blender or Thermomix and process until smooth and frothy.
Papaya is a wonderful ‘superfruit’ to add to a smoothie. It is a good source of vitamins A, C and E, as well as calcium, iron, phosphorus and potassium. Many of these nutrients are found in green vegetables, so if your child is not so good with her greens, try introducing more papaya into her diet.