During the summer months, there are days when your child will refuse food because it is too hot and uncomfortable. Keeping him or her hydrated is of primary importance as children are more prone to falling ill due to heat stroke. Even if your child is unwilling to eat a heavy meal, you can ensure that he or she is not missing out on essential nutrients by making fruit smoothies at home. Smoothies are easy to make and contain a world of goodness.
INGREDIENTS (240 ml cup used)
- Kiwi – 1
- Banana – 1
- Strawberry – 6
- Frozen Vanilla Yoghurt – ½ cup
- Pineapple and Orange juice – freshly squeezed or packaged (preferably the unsweetened variety) – ¾ cup
For Vanilla Yoghurt
- Whole milk – 4 cups
- Powdered dry milk – ½ cup
- Vanilla extract – 1 tablespoon
- Powdered sugar – 4 to 6 tablespoons
- Yoghurt starter – ½ cup (plain unsweetened curd)
- Boil the milk and let it cool to lukewarm temperature.
- Add the milk powder, sugar and vanilla extract and mix well.
- Add the yoghurt starter and gently mix it with the milk.
- Set aside in a warm place for incubation. Provided you do not intent to use it for the next couple of hours, inside the microwave oven is a good place for incubation.
- Yoghurt will take lesser time to set during summer months. Once it has set, refrigerate. Leaving set yoghurt outside for too long will result in it turning sour.
- Store in freezer after covering the yoghurt with a wax paper to prevent formation on ice crystals. Use as required.
- Peel and chop the fruits into coarse pieces. Transfer all ingredients to a blender and whip till it turns smooth.
- Serve immediately.
- Kiwi is a good source of vitamin C , vitamin K, vitamin E, copper, potassium, folate and low in calories.
- Strawberries are an excellent source of antioxidant-promoting vitamin C and manganese. They are also rich in fiber, iodine, and folate. Strawberries are a good source of copper, potassium, biotin, phosphorus, magnesium and vitamin B6.
- Bananas are a good source of potassium and magnesium.
- Yoghurt is highly nutritious and a good source of protein, calcium and potassium. Yoghurt contains probiotics that are extremely beneficial for the health of human digestive system. Yoghurt also acts as a natural coolant during summer months.