All you need are a blender and a few common ingredients to make your child an apple smoothie.

How to Make an Apple Smoothie for a 2-Year-Old

by Rachel Kolar

Sweet, nutritious and dirt cheap in autumn and winter, apples make a yummy and nutritious snack for your toddler. When you blend apples into a homemade smoothie, you get the cold, thirst-quenching goodness of apple juice without all that extra sugar -- and with the protein and calcium of milk to boot! With a blender and a little creativity, you can make your 2-year-old a fresh apple smoothie in your own kitchen.

1 Peel the apple if you like. While the skin holds most of the apple's nutrients, it may also hold pesticides if the apple isn't organic -- and the grainy red flecks of peel that will stay in the smoothie no matter how much you blend it may look yucky to your 2-year-old.

2 Core and dice the apple. Freeze it before blending if you want to give the smoothie an icy taste and texture.

3 Combine the apple, milk and spices in a blender and blend until smooth. Add the frozen yogurt or ice cream and blend until smooth again.

4 Pour the smoothie into a glass. If you'd like a prettier presentation, dust the top with a little extra cinnamon or apple-pie spice.

Items you will need

  • 1 sweet apple, such as Gala or Fuji
  • Vegetable peeler (optional)
  • Sharp knife
  • Blender or smoothie-maker
  • 1/2 cup 2 percent or whole milk
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon or apple-pie spice
  • 1/2 cup vanilla frozen yogurt or ice cream

Tips

  • If you'd like to thicken your smoothie without using frozen yogurt or milk, add a banana instead.
  • Experiment with flavors. A dash of caramel sauce will turn this into an apple-caramel smoothie, and a spritz of cider will give it a lovely fall flavor.
  • To sneak some extra nutrition into the smoothie, try adding a teaspoon of flaxseed oil for extra omega-3 fatty acids.

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