My toddlers, like most other kids their age, are very picky eaters. We Moms become instant food artists and thespians during mealtime just to ensure that our kids finish their food and meet their daily nutritional requirements.
I’ll let you in on a secret though. Bananas tone down the flavor of most fruits and vegetables that they have become staples in our shakes and smoothies. Our family favorite is the Mango-Banana-Smoothie but the toddlers enjoy pretty much any smoothie with bananas in it. Carrots, oranges, strawberries, apples, mangosteen, and even spinach all work great with our banana, milk, and yogurt mix.
For a great boost of antioxidants, we mix mangosteen juice in our smoothies. Mangosteen has been shown to be very rich in antioxidants such as xanthones which lower the risk against some diseases. Among the other health benefits we can get from mangosteen are improved joint flexibility, better mental aptitude, and boost in the immune system. It even alleviates my acne problem and has greatly improved my skin elasticity. With the unavoidable effects of air pollution and radiation nowadays, we must ensure that our family, especially our little ones, gets their much needed nutrients to fight off those free radicals that form in our bodies.
Now, the trick to ensuring that picky eaters get the nutrients they need is in choosing the right combination of food. You really don’t have to force feed them with bland or bitter tasting food when there is a wide variety of delicious yet nutritious fruits and vegetables available.
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