Kid-Friendly Fruit Lattes

Looking for a cool, new way to give kids the daily dairy they need? They’ll love a fruit latte. It’s fun to make and easy to enjoy!

Start with fresh or frozen fruit and herbal peppermint tea. Then add milk which gives this fruit-forward latte its delicious creamy finish and provides 13 essential nutrients that support wellness.

Kids can customize their latte by beginning with a third to a half cup of their favorite fruit–think berries, cherries, peaches, or plums. Defrost fruit if frozen, remove pits, peel, and slice. Then, place the fruit in a zipper-style plastic bag with your choice of a tablespoon of sugar, honey, maple syrup, or monk fruit sweetener.

Let kids have fun gently squishing the fruit and sweetener together in the bag until the fruit is macerated or softened as the sugars bring out the natural juices in the fruit.

To serve: Place the fruit mix in the bottom of a glass. Top with a quarter cup of cold peppermint tea; stir to blend. Add ice; top off with a half cup of cold milk and enjoy.

Kids can also enjoy the flavors of this fruit latte in pudding form. Just add three tablespoons of chia seeds, another spectacular superfood, to the mix and refrigerate overnight. Serve with a spoon for a satisfying afterschool snack. You can even sub in chocolate milk if you would like.

Bring their favorite fruit and milk pairing to breakfast, too, with a bowl of fruity overnight oats. Use vanilla Greek yogurt in place of the milk, skip the tea and stir in a half cup of whole oats. Refrigerate overnight and enjoy the next morning.

There are so many different and delicious ways to offer kids the dairy they need to grow up strong. Visit The Dairy Alliance recipes page for even more ideas.         

Heidi Billotto, a Charlotte-based culinary expert, writesabout food, restaurants, and food-centric travel for regional magazines, newspapers, blogs & websites. In addition, Heidi conducts private in-home or office cooking classes for corporate team building & social gatherings. Follow her culinary adventures atHeidiBillottoFood.com.   

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