Mango Yogurt Smoothie

May 20, 2018mayurisjikoni
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EVENT: BLOGGING MARATHON #88

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

RECIPE: MANGO YOGURT SMOOTHIE

For this theme of healthy drinks I’ve decided to concentrate on healthy smoothies for kids that are not only enjoyable but filling and nutritious too. So here’s a delicious mango yogurt smoothie.

The other two kids friendly smoothies I made are:

 

Kids and Meals – a few tips

I constantly to get to hear mums complaining about kids not eating. They tend to force feed toddlers and as a result meals becomes a constant battle between the mother and child.

Feed the children when they are hungry

Your lunch time may not be your child’s lunch time. No child can go without food. At some point they do feel hungry.

Make meals enjoyable

Make meals a fun part of their lives and not a chore or a battle. Add a bit of their favorite food to the meal.

One meal prepared for all

The other rule we followed as the kids grew up was, they ate what we ate. No special meals to meet their whims and fancies. If our curries, dals, etc were a bit spicy, we would make theirs less spicy. They got what they like over the weekend.

Disguise the Veggies they don’t like

If there were vegetables they didn’t like, disguise them. For example adding cauliflower and mashed eggplants to pav bhaji, adding purees to flatbread, making burgers, etc.

Shop with Kids

Sometimes its a good idea to shop for vegetables and fruits with your children. Let them pick what they would like and cook that.

Small Portions

On several occasions I’ve seen parents fill up the child’s plate and then forcing them to finish everything. Always teach your child that they can always ask for a second helping but don’t over load.

Re -introduce the veg or fruit differently

A child may not like certain food you’ve introduced, don’t give up. It takes a longer time for a child to like any new food introduced to them. For example if your child doesn’t like to eat raw tomatoes that doesn’t mean that he or she may not like a tomato soup.

Choose Healthy Snacks

Often  parents feed their kids sugary snacks and drinks around 5 or 6 p.m. and then expect them to eat a proper dinner at 7p.m. The sugars from the snack or drink makes them less hungry. Give them healthier options like fruits, yogurt, air popped popcorn, nuts, etc.

You are the biggest example for your kids

And lastly, adults are the biggest examples that children follow. If they see you gorging on unhealthy food, then they too will want to follow. If they see you enjoying good healthy food then that’s a good habit you’ve instilled in them.

Some Kids Friendly Meal Ideas:

Mango Yogurt Smoothie

Mostly all kids love mango. Ripe mango is also naturally sweet and it makes a good ingredient for any milkshake, smoothie or juice. Day 3 smoothie which is kid’s friendly, nutritious and filling is made with mango and yogurt as the main ingredients. Most kids also like yogurt. However, bear in mind that ready made flavored yogurts are full of sugar and additives. Some fruit yogurts don’t contain the actual fruit. Its best to go for homemade yogurt or if you have to buy yogurt then go for the plain ones.

Why is yogurt good for kids:

  • Its a very good source of calcium. A cup of yogurt has about 400mg of calcium.
  • It has probiotics which is good for the digestive system. The healthy organisms in yogurt help to prevent diarrhea and constipation.
  • Its high in protein.
  • Yogurt is easy to digest.

I’ve also added some mixed nut powder and chia seeds to the smoothie.

Why should kids have chia seeds? Here are some of the reasons.

Benefits of chia seeds:

  • good for digestion as its rich in fibre
  • rich in omega 3 fats.
  • power packed with protein
  • chis seeds are rich in calcium therefore good for healthy strong bones and teeth.

Smoothies and Breakfast

Serve smoothies for breakfast. Its a versatile meal as you can pack it their sipping bottles and they can enjoy it on their way to school. All it takes is to keep the ingredients handy and you’re good to go. Adding other fruits or a mixture of fruits is a great idea too. Besides being a versatile meal, one can add so many healthy ingredients to make a smoothie into a rich nutritious and healthy meal.

Ingredients required for Mango Yogurt Smoothie

  • Mango – fresh or frozen
  • Yogurt – homemade is best. Go for plain yogurt as flavored ones contain sugar.
  • Nut Powder – I like to keep a small jar of mixed nut powder handy in the fridge to sprinkle it over smoothies, cereals, porridge, desserts. Nuts are a healthy. Use any nuts of your choice. I usually use walnuts, almonds, cashew nuts and pistachios.
  • Cardamom Powder – for flavour. However, if your kid doesn’t like cardamom replace it with vanilla extract.
  • Honey or Maple Syrup – if the mangoes are sweet you may not need a sweetener. However, if you do its best to add honey or maple syrup.
  • Chia Seeds 

Dietary Tips:

  • Gluten free
  • Vegetarian
  • Ideal for fasting days
  • Satvik
  • For vegan version use vegan yogurt

 

MANGO YOGURT SMOOTHIE

healthy, delicous, filling, creamy mango yogurt smoothie is perfect for both kids and adults as a filling snack or as a breakfast option.
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Breakfast, Drinks, kids meal, Light Meal, Snack
Cuisine fusion
Servings 2 servings

Ingredients
  

  • cups chopped ripe mango
  • ¾ cup plain thick yogurt
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds can pre soak them in water for 20 minutes
  • 2 tbsp nut powder
  • ¼ tsp cardamom powder
  • 1 tbsp honey or maple syrup

Instructions
 

  • Put the chopped mango, yogurt, nut powder, honey if using any in a blender.
  • Process to a smooth consistency.
  • Add the chia seeds and cardamom powder to the smoothie.
  • Mix well, pour the smoothie into serving glasses and serve.

Notes

  •  I keep a small jar of soaked chia seeds in the fridge. Its handy to add to smoothies, porridge, yogurt, milk etc. Use either dry chia seeds or soaked ones.
  • Adding honey or any other natural sweetener is optional if the mangoes are sweet.
  • Add other fruits of your choice along with mango.
Keyword breakfast mango yogurt smoothie, healthy kids meal, healthy mango yogurt smoothie

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24 Comments

  • Nalini

    May 21, 2018 at 12:56 am

    My kids love mangoes.This is one such refreshing smoothie .

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 21, 2018 at 1:51 am

      Thanks Nalini

  • Priya Suresh

    May 21, 2018 at 10:27 pm

    Lipsmacking smoothie, how tempting this smoothie looks. Especially that addition of chia seeds looks absolutely incredible, drooling here.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 22, 2018 at 10:10 pm

      Thank you Priya.

  • Usha

    May 23, 2018 at 9:00 am

    This is a great smoothies. Like the addition of chia seeds and nuts powder.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 25, 2018 at 8:11 pm

      Thank you Usha.

  • Srivalli Jetti

    May 23, 2018 at 1:53 pm

    Mayuri, your intro is so helpful for moms if they didn’t realize it yet! So true that when we follow our kids whims and fancies, we always end up doing the wrong thing! This is a great one to enjoy anytime. I enjoyed this series, more so the intros you write!.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 25, 2018 at 8:07 pm

      Thank you so much Srivalli.

  • gayathriraani

    May 25, 2018 at 3:25 pm

    Fortunately I have followed most of the points you listed. Mango and yogurt are very good together and this smoothie will make any kid drool..

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 25, 2018 at 7:42 pm

      Thanks Gayathri.

  • Varada

    May 26, 2018 at 11:57 pm

    I agree 100% with your intro. A would add, if your child does not like a vegetable, it could be because of its texture, introduce it in different forms before concluding they do not like it. Your variation of mango smoothie looks delicious.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 27, 2018 at 7:10 pm

      Thank you so much Varada. I’ve seen so many times when a veg is introduced in a different manner it’s liked by kids.

  • Renu Agrawal Dongre

    May 28, 2018 at 2:27 pm

    This is one healthy drink…Even I make this smoothie….Beautiful clicks.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 28, 2018 at 11:50 pm

      Thanks Renu.

  • Nisha Ramesh

    May 29, 2018 at 9:30 am

    Mayuri, your kids are so lucky to have such a caring and concerning mom. 🙂 You think from their point of view rather than being forceful and demanding. Love your tatctis to deal with kids. I am sure no Indian kid would deny a mango smoothie! Well presented.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 29, 2018 at 12:09 pm

      Nisha thank you so much. My kids are now adults and they tell us what to do 😉 Yes we never forced them to do anything they didn’t like right from food, to careers and spouses too.I still have to come across a kid who doesn’t like mango.

  • Pavani

    May 30, 2018 at 11:08 pm

    Mayuri, my husband and I are exactly like you – we never force fed our kids but when I see other moms do that – I feel guilty that I am not feeding kids enough. But then like you said, kids need to know when they are hungry and need to know when they are full.
    Smoothie with mango and oats looks delicious. My kids will LOVE these.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 31, 2018 at 8:50 pm

      Don’t feel guilty Pavani, kids eat how much they can. I’ve seen mums complain about that but when you see what they eat its enough.

  • chefmireille

    June 4, 2018 at 4:29 am

    what a thick and luscious smoothie – looks like a delicious and filling way to start the day

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 4, 2018 at 10:41 am

      Thanks Mireille.

  • themadscientistskitchen

    June 5, 2018 at 7:56 pm

    Mayuri I agree with the points you have listed. Since I never force fed the kids I was always labelled a bad mom ;( but now I feel my children make conscious healthy food decisions and that is what matters. The smoothie looks yummy.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 6, 2018 at 8:47 pm

      I totally agree with you Archana and thanks.

  • cookingwithsapana

    June 12, 2018 at 3:36 pm

    I too agree with your way Mayuri and I also never force them. I wait until they are hungry ask me to give food. Sometime I need to give vegetables in different forms but I guess that is ok.Mangoes are loved by everyone so no tantrums to eat them even as smoothie.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 15, 2018 at 8:25 pm

      Thank you so much Sapana.

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