A few weeks back, we went to Scottsdale Culinary Festival. It was a six-day festival, that offered a diverse menu of luxurious dinners, themed cocktail parties. They had a signature event, the Great Arizona Picnic, featuring 50 restaurants, chef demonstrations, live bands and specialty tasting venues. It was a fun family event. There, I had this Orange-Pineapple shaved ice, which was really good. My little toddler enjoyed it too. So, I thought of using these two flavors for a fresh summer drink. For today’s recipe, I have mixed pieces of orange and pineapple and added a little mint to it. It turned out to be a fresh summer drink for the whole family.
Oranges are best known for its high amount of vitamin C. It is also a good source of fiber, folate, vitamin B1, copper, potassium, and calcium. They have antioxidants which protect the immune system along with various other health benefits. I introduced my daughter to citrus fruits after she turned 1. It is usually said that acid in citrus fruits can cause diaper rashes or mouth rashes. So use caution and talk to your Pediatrician, before introducing it to children below 1 year of age.
Pineapple is yet another fruit which is acidic and can cause a rash to babies. So it’s best to introduce raw pineapple after baby’s 1 -year birthday. My daughter tolerated almost all the fruits well, so I introduced her to cooked pineapple at the age of 10 months. They are an excellent source of vitamin C and manganese. They have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, and they protect the immune system too.
I have added mint to this juice. Mint acts as a flavoring agent here. It gives a fresh minty taste to this drink, which I loved. Mint is an excellent source of vitamin C, manganese, and copper. It soothes tummy aches and works as an anti-microbial and anti-cancer agent.
Let your children enjoy this drink on a hot summer day. For parents, add your favorite liquor and enjoy it.
- 1 orange (peeled and cut into pieces)
- ¼ cup pineapple cubes (frozen, ½-inch cubes)
- 3 mint leaves
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 3 ice cubes
- 1 cup water.
- Gather all the ingredients in a blender and give it a churn.
- Strain the juice and get rid of the pulp if any.
- Pour it in a glass and Serve immediately.
Since this recipe has honey in it, do not give this juice to babies below 1-year-old.
If you wish to give, then omit honey from the recipe.
Enjoy this drink fresh. Storing will turn it bitter.
Talk to your baby’s/toddler’s Pediatrician before starting any new food.
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