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 will not put in his mouth. And I know I’m not alone. I’ve had quite a few requests on this blog for kid-friendly and allergy-friendly healthy recipes that will entice your finicky kid to EAT. Enter the Allergy-Free Protein Smoothie. This recipe was devised to pack my son, who like many allergy kids, is a little on the skinny side with more protein, healthy fats, and calories. 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 contain isolates, concentrates, food dye, and allergens. First order of business? Sourcing an allergy-friendly protein. I’ve tried the rice and hemp protein powders for 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 packs in 7 grams of protein per 2-tablespoon serving 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 Coconut Milk Frozen Dessert. The following smoothie recipe is so yummy that my kids have asked for it everyday for the past month. And I’m happy to report Lennon is looking robust!
What would you like converted to allergy-free for your kids? Is there a special meal you’ve been missing? Let me know in the comments section below!
Allergy-Free Protein Smoothie
Makes 2 servings
Smoothies are great between-meal snacks or stand-alone meals. Whip up this allergy-free, gluten-free, vegan smoothie to pack in extra nutrients to your daily diet. For added probiotics, replace the frozen dessert with vanilla vegan yogurt.
4 Tbsp. sunflower seed butter (try SunButter)
1 cup rice milk (or hemp milk, or try my Sunflower Seed Milk recipe)
4 tsp allergy-friendly chocolate syrup (try Ah!Laska Organic Chocolate Syrup)
2/3 cup Purely Decadent Vanilla Bean Frozen Dessert (made from coconut milk)
1. Combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend on high speed until smooth, pulsing a few times to be sure to incorporate the banana. Pour into 2 glasses and serve.
Allergy-Free Protein Smoothie
© 2011 by Cybele Pascal
(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 beforeconsumption. Ingredients and manufacturing practices can change overnight and without warning.
Cybele Pascal is the award-winning author of "The Allergen-Free Baker's Handbook" and the "Whole Foods Allergy Cookbook." She lives in Los Angeles with her food-allergic family: husband Adam, sons Lennon and Monte, and their dogs, Izzie and Carly (who also has food allergies). Please visit her website at CybelePascal.com.