How To Keep It Sweet: Jack-O-Lantern Smoothie

by How To Mommy on 10.26.12

I’ve mentioned before how much I love the Toddler Tidbits class at my local grocery store.  The dietitian, Amanda, is fabulous!

This month’s class was all about added sugars and of course, some fun and healthy Halloween treats.

Sugar is often times hidden in many of the foods we eat on a daily basis in many different forms.

Here is a helpful list of 50 other names for sugar.  It’s important to keep an eye out for these words on the ingredient lists of foods you’re eating, especially if it’s one of the top 5 ingredients listed.

Amanda did a fun exercise to show how many teaspoons of added sugar were in 8 ounces of  common drinks that many children in American may be drinking.

  • Welch’s Grape Juice – 9 teaspoons. (!!!) This, sadly, is the highest amount of any of the drinks above.
  • Simply Orange Juice – 5.75 teaspoons.
  • Mountain Dew – 7.75 teaspoons.  Remember, this is in 8 ounces.  There’s over 20 teaspoons in the whole bottle.
  • Hawaiian Punch – 4.25 teaspoons.
  • TruMoo Chocolate Milk – 5.5 teaspoons.
  • Reduced Fat Milk – 2.75 teaspoons.

Now, this doesn’t mean that we should start feeding our kids Hawaiian Punch over Chocolate Milk.  You need to consider what other valuable vitamins and minerals the different drinks provide.

Obviously, water and reduced fat milk are the best options.  But chocolate milk is still a much better option than soda or fruit juices because of the calcium and protein it provides.  We also learned it’s important to aim for 10 teaspoons or less of added sugar per day for your children.

After making the adorable spooky gloved munch mix (using popcorn, healthy cereals and dried fruits in place of typical candy) we made Jack-O-Lantern Smoothie’s that all the kids love!

Jack-O-Lantern Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp. semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 4 clear plastic cups
  • 3 containers (6 oz. each) yoplait 99% fat-free orange creme yogurt
  • 1/4 cup frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
  • 1 can (11 oz) mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1 medium banana
  • 4 ice cubes

How To Make It:

  1. In a small microwaveable bowl, melt chocolate chips on high for 1 minute, until melted.
  2. With tip of the knife, spread chocolate on the inside of the cups to resemble a jack-o-lantern face on each cup.
  3. Refrigerate cups for 5 minutes until chocolate has set.
  4. Blend remaining ingredients until smooth.
  5. Pour into chocolate painted cups and serve with a green straw!

All the kids had so much fun painting their cups.  Look at how cute Little Miss R’s turned out!

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