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Old 07-25-2007, 12:58 AM - Thread Starter
 
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My 3.5 year old just won't sit still to eat and he's getting pretty skinny. We want to start giving him some sort of shake everyday that is packed with lots of good things. I am totally clueless but I know we want to use fruits and veggies and protein and fatty acids.

Does anyone have any ideas or recipes for shakes for children?
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Old 07-25-2007, 01:24 AM
 
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My children love this:

1 banana (needed for the consistency)
4-6 leaves kale, collards, etc
1/2 c other fruit, optional (usually I use whatever's overripe)
1/2 c oj (the acid really cuts the bitterness of the greens, adding pineapple works well too)
1 c water

I am sparing with the liquids until the blender has really pureed the greens, and then add the rest of the liquids at the end. I've never added a protein powder to this, but I don't see why you couldn't.

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We are raw dairy consumers, so here is ours ... (and I so don't do measurements; if I were making a shake for just one person, I'm guessimating this is how much I'd use ) ...

1/2 to 1 cup raw milk (if we didn't do raw dairy, I'd substitute with 1 cup coconut milk)
handful frozen berries
1/2 to 1 banana
1 tablespoon raw honey
1/2 tablespoon raw butter (omit if we didn't do raw dairy)
1/2 to 1 tablespoon coconut oil

Blend it all up and enjoy.

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From my website, www.cookingtf.com

Smoothies

We do smoothies on a regular basis. Here's my basic recipe with different flavoring choices. I have a large capacity blender- you might need to scale it down.

1-3 cups liquid: water, kefir, coconut milk kefir, raw milk, coconut milk &/or cream
1 head chopped romaine lettuce, or half a bag salad mix or spinach, optional
2 tbs coconut oil, melted and cooled but still liquid, optional
1 tbs raw butter, softened, optional
1 cup water kefir or coconut milk or milk, frozen into ice cubes
raw honey, agave or other sweetner to taste
1 banana, cut into chunks and frozen
1-2 cups frozen fruit and flavorings, listed below, if desired
3 egg yolks
powdered supplements or probiotics, optional

Place water/milk and greens into blender. The more greens you use, the less liquid you need. if I'm making a smoothie using a head of romaine, I normally only use 1 cup of liquid, but if I'm omitting the greens, I use 3 cups liquid. Blend until greens are completely liquid. Add other ingredients except yolks and blend to desired consistency. Stir in egg yolks and any powdered supplements or probiotics on low speed after smoothie is desired consistency.

If you use greens, they aren't noticable if you blend it thoroughly before adding the other ingredients, and add enough fruit to cover the taste. Bright fruits, like berries, will cover the color of the greens.

Here are some flavoring ideas:

* chunked canned or fresh fruit with complementing spices, like apples or peaches and cinnamon and vanilla
* chocolate or carob chips
* cocoa powder
* strawberries, kiwi and romaine
* peanut or other nut butter, extra banana
* coconut milk, pineapple, macadamia nuts and coconut flakes
* almond extract and pecan pieces or cherries
* cocoa and raspberries or strawberries
* egg nog- extra egg yolks, cream, cinnamon and nutmeg
* canned or fresh pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice
* chocolate chips and mint flavoring or mint leaves
* raspberries or strawberries and spinach
* blueberries and romaine

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surprisingly, ds won't touch spinach to save his life, but blend it up in a smoothie and he goes wild for it.

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My favorite is yogurt, a little raw milk to make more drinkable, egg yolk, banana, maple syrup and a shot of vanilla. That is just delicious. Every few days I make one with a very small bit of greens
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Thank you for the suggestions.

Today I went on a little shopping trip to Whole Foods and threw the following into a blender:

banana
blueberries
blueberry kefir
milk (so it wouldn't be so thick, we don't do juice)
whey protien
some sort of greens/vitamin supplement powder made just for kids' smoothies.

He loved it. I'm going to just keep experimenting.
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My ds doesn't do smoothies like he did last summer, but we made every concoction possible! We found that with enough raspberries (or strawberries) you can cover the taste of cooked beets!!
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My favorite is yogurt, a little raw milk to make more drinkable, egg yolk, banana, maple syrup and a shot of vanilla. That is just delicious. Every few days I make one with a very small bit of greens
This is very similar to the smoothie I give my DS just about every morning, but as he is so skinny I go with:

Raw milk yogurt, a little raw cream or milk, 1/2 banana, 1 tablespoon of raw, unheated honey, two egg yokes and half a tablespoon of raw chocolate powder.

Personally, my favorite is raw goat milk kefir, mango and 1/2 tablespoon of raw, unheated honey.

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