Strawberry Finger Millet Smoothie

May 17, 2018mayurisjikoni

EVENT:BLOGGING MARATHON #88

THEME: KID’S DELIGHT – HEALTHY DRINKS – WEEK 3 DAY 1

For the next 3 days I will be preparing healthy drinks for kids. Yes, I know I don’t have kids at home, mine are all grown up. Usually its this fact that prevents me from taking part in the monthly Kid’s Delight theme that is organized by Srivalli.

However, for the month of May, I participated in this event. The good part is that fellow members who host this event can decide on the theme. I will be hosting the kid’s delight healthy drinks from 16th May to 16th June.

There is a specific reason why I chose healthy drinks. When we have so many options of serving healthy home made drinks be it for breakfast, lunch,dinner or in between meals, I’m really disappointed how many mums find it easier to buy ready made juices, flavored milks and the latest craze smoothies for their kids. The main ingredient in all these drinks is sugar, which is so bad for the kids. Its causing early diabetes and obesity in our young kids. Kids suffer from allergies, coughs and sometimes even asthma because of all the additives and colors that are added to the drinks.  How come home made pomegranate juice is never bright red in colour but ready made ones are.I’m really hoping that mums change their outlook towards all these harmful ingredients that are packed in small packets.

For the next 3 days I will be preparing healthy smoothies which you can serve your kids without any guilt as no artificial colors, refined sugar and additives are added.

Today’s recipe is a healthy strawberry finger millet smoothie. Finger millet is ragi, nachni, wimbi. Its a tummy filler and a great way to serve breakfast to your fussy kids who hate to eat anything in the morning. My neighbour’s kid hates to eat anything before he goes to school but loves to drink flavored milk. So I suggested to the mum to prepare this for him and he went to school with a full tummy. Its a great ‘pick me up’ sort of smoothies when kids are recovering from an illness. I cooked the ragi at night in some water, left it in the fridge and next morning it was so easy to whip up the smoothie.

Why your kid should have ragi/nachni/finger millet/wimbi:

  • Its rich in calcium
  • Low glycemic index means that your child will fill full for a longer period of time
  • Its an excellent source iron, there helps to fight anemia
  • It has  tryphophan  which acts as a relaxant. Good for hyperactive kids.
  • A good source of protein
  • Its high in dietary fiber which helps to prevent constipation

Why your kid should not have refined sugar:

  • Causes tooth decay
  • Its has no nutritional value but adds calories
  • Its not good for the liver
  • high consumption can lead to diabetes
  • sugar can be additive
  • sugar causes obesity

For busy mums as I mentioned above, prepare the millet flour at night and store it in the fridge. Next day whizz everything together. Its a healthy smoothie for adults too.

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STRAWBERRY FINGER MILLET SMOOTHIE

For 2

2-3 tbsp finger millet flour (ragi, nachni, wimbi)

½ cup water

1 cup hulled and chopped strawberries

1-2 tbsp honey (depends on how sweet the strawberries are)

½ tsp cardamom powder (optional)

1 cup fresh milk

  1. Mix millet flour and about 3-4 tbsp of water in a pan to make a smooth paste.
  2. Add the remaining water and mix well.
  3. Put the pan over low heat. Stir all the time till the mixture becomes thick.
  4. Let it cool a bit and store in the fridge or use it right away.
  5. Add the cooked millet, strawberries, cardamon powder and milk into a blender.
  6. Blend to a smooth consistency.
  7. Serve.

Tips:

  • Add a fruit of your choice.
  • Add jaggery or maple syrup instead of honey if you wish.
  • Add flavoring of your choice like vanilla extract, cinnamon powder etc.

You may want to check out other strawberry recipes:

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chocolate coated strawberries

 

chia seed pudding

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25 Comments

  • Nalini

    May 18, 2018 at 12:18 am

    Nice way include the millets in diet,lovely color..

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 22, 2018 at 10:23 pm

      Thanks Nalini

       
  • themadscientistskitchen

    May 18, 2018 at 8:06 am

    Wow that’s yummy drink. Taste bhi health bhi

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 22, 2018 at 10:21 pm

      Thanks Archana.

       
  • gayathriraani

    May 18, 2018 at 12:46 pm

    Ever since I read about refined sugar, I stopped giving it for my daughter. She only gets the unprocessed cane sugar which she likes a lot. It is our duty as parents to feeds kids with healthy alternatives. The finger millet smoothie looks so good and a real health drink for kids..

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 22, 2018 at 10:20 pm

      Definitely agree with you Gayathri.

       
  • Usha

    May 19, 2018 at 7:22 pm

    I don’t take up this theme for the same reason as yours. Strawberry smoothie with finger millets looks very tempting and so would kids. Nice way to sneak in millets.

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 22, 2018 at 10:16 pm

      Thanks Usha and yes its difficult for me to find kids to sample what kiddie food I make.

       
  • Priya Suresh

    May 21, 2018 at 10:14 pm

    How brilliant this smoothie looks..Strawberry finger millet smoothie looks filling and nutritious. Ultimate drink just love to finish that glass..

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 22, 2018 at 10:12 pm

      Thanks Priya… it was not only delicious but filling and my neighbor’s picky eater had some when I made it again.

       
  • Srivalli Jetti

    May 23, 2018 at 12:51 pm

    What a fantastic drink this is Mayuri, thank you for sharing. While I don’t get processed drinks for my kids, they hardly try new flavours. This sounds so yummy to try for them!

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 25, 2018 at 8:09 pm

      I too enjoyed this smoothie and now its become a part of my breakfast. Sometimes I add oats and sometimes ragi.

       
  • Renu

    May 25, 2018 at 3:40 pm

    I too agree and do not like giving store bought juices and drinks to my kids…This Strawberry finger millet is an interesting and delicious smoothie..

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 25, 2018 at 7:41 pm

      Thanks Renu.

       
  • chefmireille

    May 25, 2018 at 3:52 pm

    a great filling and healthy way to start the day

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 25, 2018 at 7:41 pm

      Thanks Mireille.

       
  • Varada

    May 26, 2018 at 9:18 pm

    Adding finger millet flour to a smoothie is very innovative. A very healthy drink. The supermarket is flooded with Strawberries, should try this.

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 27, 2018 at 7:12 pm

      Thank you Varada. Can add any fruit.

       
  • Nisha Ramesh

    May 28, 2018 at 9:11 am

    Wow, look at that colour, that alone is tempting and the fact that it is super rich and healthy. A nice way to incorporate ragi to kids and they get used to all kinds of flavours and taste from a young age.

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 28, 2018 at 2:16 pm

      Thank you so much Nisha. Definitely a good way to get kids to enjoy ragi.

       
  • Pavani

    May 30, 2018 at 11:02 pm

    Very interesting smoothie Mayuri. Love the addition of ragi flour in it – makes it so nutritious and delicious.

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 31, 2018 at 8:51 pm

      Thanks Pavani.

       
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  • cookingwithsapana

    June 12, 2018 at 2:57 pm

    Adding finger millet to the strawberry smoothie is a nice and healthy idea.

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 15, 2018 at 8:27 pm

      Thanks Sapana.

       

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