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
- 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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- Little Black Book of Smoothies; Ruth Cullen
- Smoothie Recipies For A Healthy Life; Ian Newton
- The Baby Book; William Sears et. al.
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