March 10, 2017
Healthy Banana + Peanut Butter "Milkshake"
I'm a firm believer that you have got to let the kids live a little when it comes to food. It's inevitable that they are going to get some not-so-healthy food elsewhere: from friends and even family sometimes (smh). But if I can control what I give Parker at home and help show him that healthy food can taste REALLY good too, then that makes me feel a bit better about it.
I love to tell him what certain foods do for us. Eggs make us strong, carrots help us see better and berries help us poop! LOL. If you could only see his cute little inquisitive face when I say this stuff. He goes "yeah!" while nodding his tilted head up and down with his big, bright eyes.
Anyway, a little while back one of the grandparents gave Parker a sip of a milkshake (a very real, very dairy and sugar heavy milkshake). Parker's eyes lit up and the first thing out of his mouth was "ooooh MMMM." He was a happy kiddo. And hey, I totally get it! I'd probably say the same. But after that, I was determined to get that same reaction out of a healthier milkshake!
Say hello to banana + peanut butter milkshakes...
I have been making him these ridiculously simple things ever since and he inhales them. No dairy and added sugars needed! And I always advise you to make the full recipe so you can enjoy some yourself : )
Toddler Banana + Peanut Butter "Milkshake"
2 medium bananas (frozen)
1 c. vanilla unsweetened almond milk
1 heaping spoonful of organic peanut butter (almond butter is fine too)
1 tsp. ground flax or chia seeds
2 shakes of cinnamon
Place bananas, almond milk, vanilla and nut butter in a blender.
Blend for 1 minute.
Add in cinnamon and flax.
Blend again until smooth.
So easy and so yummy!