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.

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.

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

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.

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.

About the Author

A resident of the Baltimore area, Rachel Kolar has been writing since 2001. Her educational research was featured at the Maryland State Department of Education Professional Schools Development Conference in 2008. Kolar holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Kenyon College and a Master of Arts in teaching from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland.

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