Monday, October 11, 2010

Healthy Milkshakes

After a recent meltdown about my kids fussy eating habits, I came up with a plan of attack. I did a little research regarding my kid's dietary needs and discovered (among other things) that my children only required one serving of fruit a day, minimum.

I was pretty relieved. One serving of fruit a day seems doable. My next battle? How to please two children at once, since they both have pretty different tastes.

And so yesterday I discovered the hidden potential of milkshakes. This recipe ticks all of my boxes. It includes the whole fruit (so the fibre stays in), low in sugar (unlike fruit juices), low in fat, packs a nutritional punch and there's nothing artificial.

Healthy Fruit Milkshakes:
  • 1/2 - 1 cup of fruit
  • 2 cups of milk
  • Yogurt (optional)
  • Honey (optional)
  1. Remove any skin, leaves or other blemishes from your chosen fruit.
  2. In a blender or using a bamix, puree your fruit to a runny liquid. Add 1 tablespoon of honey, if desired.
  3. Add the milk and blend together to mix well. 
  4. Add 2 tablespoons of yogurt and blend.
  5. Serve!

  • You can use soy milk instead to make a dairy free version.
  • You can use whatever fresh or frozen fruit you have on hand. Just blend til the fruit is pureed.
  • Feel free to leave the honey out or use a different sweetener, if desired. Some fruits are sweet enough without needing to add anything. 
  • The yogurt is optional and may be used in place of the honey to sweeten the milkshake. Leave out for a dairy free version.
  • These quantities are just a rough guide. Simply use whatever amount of fruit you have on hand and add enough milk to make a small drink for each child. 
  • You could add a little LSA to boost the nutritional content on this recipe. 

There you have it. Simple, delicious and nutritious. Have this milkshake as a snack between meals or as part of your breakfast. I also have a really good pancake recipe that'll I be sure to share with you another day :)

P.S. I love to hear your comments. What healthy snacks do your kids love?


  1. Can you also do a - what healthy snacks can you put in luchboxes blog... Healthy snacks my kids love are carrot and zucchini muffins... They think they are muffins but have the good bit inside... Not completely healthy but still...

  2. Good suggestion. I actually have written a list of healthy snacks out before, but will share soon :)