It seems like a simple and easy meal idea, but have we been kidding ourselves?
There is a concerning trend that has nutritionists worried.
A dinner table battle that is being clearly won by the under-fives.
The kids are in control at the dinner table Mums, and the latest weapon in their arsenal is the smoothie.
We all got one for Christmas, didn’t we? The latest innovation allowing us to blast our way to liquid goodness.
While we are finding it a godsend for ourselves, when it comes to our kids we need to think again.
It might seem like a healthy, convenient option for your little ones. The ingredients sure tick all the boxes, and if the advertising is to be believed not only will your kid’s skin glow and their hair thicken, but they will be full of energy and live an extra ten years as well.
But it seems that many of us are taking the smoothie trend to an extreme and using them as a meal replacement for our children rather than a treat.
A browse around any Facebook mother’s group or Pintrest page these days will reveal post after post about fussy eaters and the one solution many mums are coming to is this:
“Look at Jack inhale his green smoothie at dinner time. He simply won’t eat the lasagna the rest of the fam is having so instead I bullet him up an almond milk, kale, strawberry and banana smoothie. With a bit of ice he thinks he is having ice-cream for dinner.”
“Sophie’s tea today: Dairy-free peach, carrot smoothie. Just delic.”
“It’s soooo hot instead of bothering with cooking spag bol I have taken to giving the boys this for dinner: apple, spinach, ice, soymilk and chia seeds. They just love it. And soooo much easier and quicker to clean up”.
Parents replacing their children’s meals with smoothies with a misguided notion that they are healthy and a genuine sense of relief that the kids will actually drink it and the dinnertime battle will be avoided.
For Nutritionist Susie Burrell, it’s another way that children are pulling rank on their parents, and it's one that could prove problematic.
She says that time and time again she sees parents change the family food environment for their children, children are choosing what they will or won’t eat.
“Our jobs as parents is to teach our children. Eating dinner at a table as a family is important for so many reasons.”
Susie says that the number one predictor of fussy eating behaviour is a parent preparing a separate meal for a child.