Dates, Banana & Almond Milk Smoothie

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My daughter is a great eater now (tries new foods and loves fruits and veggies), but things weren’t so easy when she was a baby. From 6 months, when we started her on solids, until she got her first molar at 15 months she pretty much ate only Cheerios, yogurt and cheese. She was never at a point where she was underweight and needed to gain weight but I saw other parents of very picky eaters and could sense how frustrated and worried they were. Here’s a smoothie that can help with weight-gain:

Dates, Banana & Almond Milk Smoothie

This smoothie is very sweet and is absolutely not appropriate for diabetics, but is an excellent way to get a kid to gain weight, as it is high in calories and carbs. Dates are are especially high in calories and natural sugars. They are rich in vitamins and minerals and are a good source of fiber. If you have a picky eater who refuses to eat meat, consuming dates is important as they also contain a high amount of iron. Bananas are loaded with potassium and almond milk contains vitamin E, calcium and Omega-3 fatty acids. You can add a little water to dilute it and make it less sugary if you want.

Ingredients:

1 cup Medjool dates (about 11) pitted
1 banana
1 cup unsweetened plain almond milk

Directions:

Place dates in a Tupperware container along with a cup of water. Leave overnight in refrigerator.
Add contents to blender along with banana and almond milk. Blend. (I just pressed ‘whole juice’ on my Blendtec blender).

Makes 3 servings.

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