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Fruity treats for children

Bright colours and fruity flavours appeal to children. You can make delicious thirst-quenchers from just a few ingredients – fruit, fruit juices and mineral water. Here’s one to try: Pour 100 ml banana juice into a tall glass. carefully swirl in 100 ml cherry juice to produce a pretty red and cream pattern. Or try this one: peel and deseed chunks of watermelon slices, puree with a little sparkling mineral water, a scoop of lemon ice-cream and grated lemon rind.

Water is the best thirst-quencher

If your family likes smoothies offer them strawberries, banana, pear and some pale grape juice all pureed together. The best thirst-quencher is still water, but you can pep up a glass of plain water by dropping in an cube of frozen orange, apple or cherry juice or frozen pureed nectarine or berries. The coloured ice cubes look beautiful in the water in a tall glass – everyone loves them.

Make your own iced tea and cocktails

Homemade iced tea is another favourite – and you can control the amount of sugar you add. Pour boiling water onto fresh mint or lemon balm leaves, allow to cool then serve over icecubes, garnished with fruit spears. You can also make cocktails for children – naturally without the alcohol. For an alcoholfree caipirinha, for instance, all you need is ginger ale, two teaspoons of brown sugar, icecubes and a lime that is squeezed into the glass.

Milkshakes with buttermilk

A milkshake can do duty as a snack. Take whatever fruit is in season – raspberries, strawberries or peaches – add a scoop of vanilla ice-cream or vanilla yoghurt and fill up the container with icecold milk. Whip or puree until your shake is well-mixed and foamy. If you use buttermilk instead, the shake will be lighter and creamier. If you don’t have a sweet tooth, then mix buttermilk with chopped cucumber, lemon juice, salt and pepper.

 

Source: Heike Kreutz, www.aid.de