Smoothies have come to save the day!
Like many kids with sensory processing disorder, my son has very distinct preferences for tastes and textures.
Many kids with SPD have an affinity for cold or frozen foods because it gives more oral sensory input and is more pleasant to them.
It's hard enough to get the day started without fighting over what to eat for breakfast. Some of us folks who are not morning people, find it even harder to deal with the unpleasant nature of food first thing in the day.
So our strategy now is to just offer our son a smoothie for breakfast.
Our son had asked for a Ninja blender for his birthday and it has been a lifesaver. Unlike our blender, it can really crush ice and frozen fruits into smooth textures.
It was certainly a gift we are all enjoying, not only because it makes mornings more calm, but because we all get to enjoy the tasty frozen (and healthy) treats.
Some of our favorite healthy concoctions:
- Orange juice, carrots, pineapples, ice, sugar to taste
- Frozen blueberries, frozen bananas, strawberries, yogurt, wheat germ
- Orange juice, ice, honey, powdered milk
- Frozen strawberries, ice, sugar to taste
- Frozen strawberries, ice, lemonade power with water (more concentrated than normal) to taste
- Mix in Ninja or other Blender that crushes ice:
- 1 tray ice
- 1 cup milk
- 3 tablespoons Ghirardelli sweet cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon Hershey's unsweetened cocoa powder