Well, it has been a while since I shared a recipe and I just couldn’t pass this one up. Before I get to the actual recipe, I wanted to share some strategies on getting your kiddo to expand their variety of foods. Most kids can use a little help in this department, but obviously it becomes more important for those that are “picky” or as I would rather say, more selective about their food choices. Although, I have said it many times before, cooking with your kids is a very powerful tool to get your child trying new foods. This recipe (and the others I have shared in the past) is a perfect example. Click here, here, and here for other recipes and tips to improve your kids eating.
This Triple Berry Cherry Sorbet recipe is made with blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, and cherries. Sam, who is 3.5 will eat lots of strawberries and with some effort he will try the others. Isaac just turned 2 and will eat strawberries, try but spit out blueberries, lick raspberries, and refuse cherries. Needless to say, it was a good idea to get them interacting with the food when the pressure of eating it is off.
Most kids love to help cook, especially toddlers and preschoolers. Let them do as many steps as possible because it gives them opportunities to touch, smell, and hopefully taste the ingredients. Also, they can have some ownership over the food they are trying. As you are working through the recipe encourage questions about the food’s texture and shape. Many kids are unwilling to try foods just because they look different. When you take away the unknown by describing it, then they may be willing to give it a try. For example, if your child is rolling around a blueberry you could say, “Blueberries are soft and squishy with juice inside of them.” Keep your description neutral, even if it is a food you don’t care for.
I used frozen berries which can be great any time of year, but it also totally changes the texture and the taste quite a bit. This can work to your advantage – if kids are game, see if they will experiment with the frozen food. At the same time, if you have the opportunity to pick these fruits from your backyard, a local farm, or farmer’s market with your kid and then use them in a recipe that can also be pretty motivating… and delicious!
Lastly, I set this up outside of a meal and we ate the sorbet as a special bedtime snack. That way the pressure was off for me to have something done at a specific time and I don’t get annoyed with the kids not following directions really well or making a mess. Of course, that isn’t always feasible, but it is something to keep in mind. If you do plan ahead, you could also serve this to company (trust me they will be impressed that you made your own sorbet) and your kid will be proud to show off something they made and may eat it with your guests!
Okay, I could go on and on with the eating tips, but time for the recipe. Personally, I had never made sorbet, but the recipe I came across through Family Fun Magazine was so easy I had to give it a try. I love to pass along recipes that help kids try new foods, especially healthy ones. As you read through the steps I will share how my kids interacted with some of their not so favorite foods!
3 cups of fresh or frozen berries (I used blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and cherries)
1 small ripe banana broken into pieces
1/2 cup of unsweetened fruit juice (I used an all natural watermelon juice)
1/3 cup of lemon juice
1/3 cup of honey or light corn syrup
2 tablespoons of sugar
1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon
Pinch of salt