Your child is better of eating their fruits whole than blending them into a smoothie. Yes, smoothies are made of fruits, however these fruits contain natural sugars which have been broken down and can lead to tooth decay. The ones that you buy from the shops may even be worse than a bottle of fizzy drink, so it is best to make one yourself at home so that you are sure of what you are giving your child.
Smoothies and juices should be an occasional treat for your child and should not replace drinking water in your child’s life, whether at home or in school. Read here why water is best for your child. This carrot and mango milkshake is a combination of fruit and vegetable with protein which can make a nutritionally refreshing treat for your toddler and kids.
Carrot and Mango Milkshake Recipe
- 1 carrot
- Slice of ripe mango
- 1-2 tablespoons powdered milk
- ¾ cup water
- Honey to taste (omit for under 1 year)
- Scrape carrot and cut into small chunks. Cut out the mango flesh and chop into small pieces.
- Mix water and milk together.
- Pour everything into a blender and blend until smooth.
- Chill and serve.
* It is best (according to my paediatric dentist) to give smoothies to your child with a meal or at least within 30 minutes after having a meal.
*Smoothies are best taken immediately and should not be packed in your child’s lunchbox. Once broken down to liquid for, the nutrients in fruits are destroyed faster by heat and air, the sugars start fermenting too thus causing tooth decay. If your child is suffering from any form of tooth decay, or you just want to make sure their teeth are as healthy as they can be, make sure you book in regular checkups with a dentist like Dentist West Long Branch to keep everything in great condition.
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