Grapefruit is not an easy food to get to like. It’s often associated with “dieting” and get’s a bad wrap (btw here is my post about diet mentality of parents and the impacts on fussy kids). It’s a super refreshing citrus fruit. Packed with vitamin C. It also teams well with other foods.
My girls enjoyed this simple slushy-drink last week that I made at the same time as these Grapefruit Zest and White Chocolate Cookie Stars (a recipe I made dairy free, gluten free, egg free, nut free). I like trying to get a few recipes out of one piece of fruit. The zest in one recipe – the fruit in the other. Another idea that I saw on pinterest was an avocado and grapefruit salad. This drink is also a great way to introduce fresh mint flavours to kids.
Other smoothie / slushy-drink ideas that we like with fresh mint:
- Carrot (steamed and chilled), Nectarine, Ice and Mint
- Celery, Pear, Ice and Mint
- Frozen Rockmelon, Green Grapes and Mint
- ½ pink grapefruit
- 1½ cup frozen seedless watermelon pieces (freeze for at least 30 minutes)
- 2 full sprigs of fresh mint
- Water (as required)
- Have the kids pick the leaves of the mint off the stems and add them to a blender
- Add the ½ grapefruit and frozen watermelon
- Add a little bit of water and blitz in the blender
- Add more water to your liking to get the right slushy-drink consistency and ensure all the pieces are blitzed.
I also like using frozen slushy-drinks (aka frappes) when children are teething, ill, have sore throats or other sore mouths to help with the pain and avoid prolonged fussy eating behaviours.