In this post we share a recipe for a breakfast makeover pineapple paradise smoothie. Fruit smoothie recipes are a great quick and easy way to start the day and there are a few simple tricks to keep the sugar content low and add some protein.
Dentists at the UK Royal College of Surgeons recent press release linking fruit juice consumption to dental decay in under 5 1/2 year olds keeping smoothies to a once a week treat breakfast is probably a good idea. (As reported in the Telegraph and the Daily Mail). The problem is that when the fruit is blended or juiced the sugars are released exposing them to the teeth and they are also very acidic. Their recommendation is for smoothies and fruit juice to be part of a meal and to offer water after drinking to rinse the mouth and help to remove the sugar from the teeth.
On the flip side they are a great way for you child to have one of it’s five a day and by using a milk base and yoghurt you can help meet about a third of their calcium requirements too. The recommended intake of calcium for Children in New Zealand aged 1-7 is 700-800mg. I’m also pretty sure you can tempt pretty much any fussy eater into drinking a nutritious shake, making for a relaxed and happy breakfast time.
Smoothies are also a great meal for the teething child who is refusing the spoon and doesn’t want to eat because their gums are too swollen and sore. They can also be soothing for those swollen gums if you use frozen fruits to make them cool.
Breakfast makeover pineapple paradise smoothie
Here is my recipe for a breakfast makeover pineapple paradise smoothie, but really they options and ingredients you can use are pretty limitless! Try mixing in seasonal fruits – peaches, nectarines and apricots are all perfect, as are berries. Bananas sweeten a smoothy and also make a really great consistency, a good tip is to freeze them having cut them into 2cm chunks. You can also try different bases including almond, soy and rice milk. To increase the protein in the smoothie you can add yoghurt, peanut butter, whey powder or even tofu.
For some of our other recipes why not try:
Munch Mum, Kate Day
- 3 cubes frozen pineapple or fresh
- ½ small frozen banana
- 2 tbsp plain yoghurt 100 ml full fat milk
- 1 tbsp peanut butter
- Blend all the ingredients together for 1-2 minutes until smooth. Serve in a plastic mug with a smoothie straw.