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A Foolproof Breakfast for the Picky Eater

I usually start my mornings with this conversation with my 3-year old picky eater,

“Do you want toast?”

“No,” he says

“Cheerios?” I asked hopefully

“No”

“Bagel?”

“No”

“Yogurt?”

“No”

“Special K?”

“No”

“Pancakes?”

“No”

Then he switches to doing the asking:

“How about goldfish?”

It’s my turn to say no.

And this goes on for 10 minutes.  If he’s having a particularly picky day,  I know I can always get him with my secret weapon:

“How about a milkshake?”

“mmm, yes!”

I call it a milkshake, but it really is a smoothie of sorts.  True, I start with 1 cup milk in the blender, but then I add whatever frozen fruit I have in the freezer or I add fresh fruit with some ice cubes to give it that cool crunch.  If I am using frozen berries that are not particularly sweet, I will add a touch of either honey, maple syrup or agave syrup just to liven it up a bit. I find that if I use a banana, there is no need for additional sweeteners.  So the general rule of thumb is:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup frozen berries
  • 1 teaspoon-1 tablespoon honey, maple syrup or agave syrup (my preference)

or

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup ice or a couple of large cubes

A note on dairy: If you don’t want to use regular milk, you can absolutely use plain soymilk as well.  I wouldn’t use the flavored ones because they are too sweet for my taste, but those would work too if that’s what you prefer.  I have found, however, that if you use orange juice in place of the milk, it doesn’t get thick enough, but you could do this in a pinch.  In fact, that’s the beauty of this drink-it’s kind of the kitchen sink in a blender!

Instructions: Blend away until smooth-you know a picky eater can’t have any evidence of a piece of fruit in there or he’ll walk away.  Plus, it has to be able to fit through a straw because that is definitely the most fun way to drink these.

I have gotten my picky eater to eat mangoes, all kinds of berries, bananas, and all sorts of other fruits.  Really, it’s true.  And believe it or not, he asks for seconds!

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