My son started orthodontic treatment last week. Boy we were all in for a shock. Not only was his mouth sore, but the poor guy is really having a tough time eating. Besides feeling like he’s going to choke on everything there’s the list of no’s from the doctor – nothing sticky, chewy, hard. He asked “what’s left?” Well, I’ll tell you – creamy, smooth and watery. At least at first it’s been soups, smoothies, and shakes. Even pasta was a chore. He’s getting better at eating. I’m getting better at packing a thermos for lunches, steaming and cutting things in small pieces and trying to keep him nourished and interested when sometimes it’s just too tiring and frustrating to eat. Here’s a new shake we’ve created which makes him smile…
Peanut butter and banana is always a classic combo. Whether it’s a sandwich (my childhood favorite), a muffin or this cool shake. Feel free to substitute any type of milk. The almond milk gave some added nutrients, vitamins and good (monounsaturated) fats here.
1/4 cup plain organic yogurt
1/2 cup vanilla almond milk
1 frozen organic banana
1 heaping tablespoon organic creamy peanut butter
1 teaspoon honey
Cut frozen banana in same size chunks. Add all ingredients to blender and blend until smooth and combined.