Do you have a picky eater in your household? I know I do. My food allergy kid, Lennon, is very “particular” about what he will and won’t put in his mouth. And I know I’m not alone. I’ve had quite a few requests on this blog for kid-friendly, allergy-friendly healthy recipes that will entice your finicky kid to EAT.
Enter the Allergy-Free Protein Smoothie.This recipe was devised to pack more protein, healthy fats, and calories into my son, who like many allergy kids, is a little on the skinny side. Last month, our new pediatrician instructed me to start feeding Lennon Pediasure and more nuts. I reminded her that he has a tree nut allergy, and pointed out that Pediasure is full of artificial flavors and colors.
I decided there must be a shake solution that didn’t involve isolates, concentrates, food dye, and allergens. First order of business? Sourcing an allergy-friendly protein. I’ve tried the rice protein powders and the hemp protein powders on my kids, and still can’t seem to disguise them. So I turned to my favorite allergy-free kid-friendly protein: Sunflower Seed Butter! Sunflower Seed Butter is a great source of allergy-free protein, and is rich in Vitamin E. I then pulled from my arsenal of other allergy-free staples, dairy-free soy-free milk, a banana, a little allergy-friendly chocolate syrup for color and allure, and last but not least, So Delicious Agave Sweetened Frozen Dessert. The following smoothie recipe is so yummy that my kids have asked for it every day for the past month. And I’m happy to report, Lennon is looking robust!
Allergy-Free Protein Smoothie
Makes 2 servings
Smoothies are great between-meal snacks, or can stand alone as a meal. Whip up this allergy-free, gluten-free, vegan smoothie in a matter of seconds to pack some extra nutrients into your daily diet, and fill in the gaps. You may replace the frozen dessert with vanilla vegan yogurt if you like, for added probiotics.
- 4 Tablespoons Sunflower Seed Butter (try SunButter)
- 1 Banana
- 1 cup rice milk (or hemp milk, or try my Sunflower Seed Milk)
- 4 teaspoons Ah!Laska allergy-friendly chocolate syrup
- 2/3 cup So Delicious Coconut Milk Vanilla Bean Frozen Dessert
1. Combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend on high speed until smooth, pulsing a few times to be sure you incorporate the banana. Pour into 2 glasses and serve.
Allergy-Free Protein Smoothie
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(Please note that all my recipes are completely free of all top allergens (wheat, dairy, soy, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, sesame, fish, shellfish, and gluten), so as many people as possible can enjoy them. Additionally, all the ingredients are available at Whole Foods, and online at Amazon.com. If you have trouble finding something, let me know and I’ll help you find it.)
SAFETY NOTE: Because each person’s food sensitivity and reaction is unique, ranging from mild intolerance to life-threatening and severe food allergies, it is up to the consumer to monitor ingredients and manufacturing conditions. If manufacturing conditions, potential cross contact between foods, and ingredient derivatives pose a risk for you, please re-read all food labels and call the manufacturer to confirm potential allergen concerns before consumption. Ingredients and manufacturing practices can change overnight and without warning.