Friday, February 8, 2013

A super-tasting kid's smoothie

My 12-year-old stepson Brendan could be a supertaster. (Someone who experiences taste with a lot of intensity.) If he eats something with even a sliver of spice, he detects it and declares it “spicy.” It’s impressive, really.

But getting him to eat a lot of produce can be challenging. As a growing pre-teen, he definitely needs those vitamins and minerals. We’re doing our best to work them into his diet in ways his taste buds agree with. He loves berry smoothies, so lately my husband has been making him a morning smoothie using:

•    about 1 cup of milk
•    a glob of vanilla yogurt
•    about 1 cup of frozen mixed berries
•    a splash of orange juice, to taste
•    half  of 1 medium banana

“Glob” and “splash” aren’t exactly measurements, but it’s really up to your own personal preference. This makes about two glasses of berry smoothie that he and Brendan share.

When it comes to smoothie ingredients, there are many ways to slice it, but this is what works best for our supertaster. What do you put in your smoothie? How do you work produce into your child’s diet?

Megan Brooks is a Sr. Public Relations Specialist for Texas Health Resources, Stepmom to a 12-year-old, Mom to a 14-month-old, and non-supertaster who will eat just about anything.

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