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When it comes to what my kids eat and drink I’ve always been a bit of a fanatic. I don’t really understand those who simply see food as fuel for their bodies; for my family it has always been a way to celebrate, get together, enjoy each other and eat something lovely. It’s an occasion and I think is evident in my (and by indoctrination, their ;) love of cooking and restaurants.
Because of this I’ve always placed an emphasis on the importance of healthy eating with my children. Whether it’s kale, avocado or salmon… they’re pretty good at not being fussy and trying new things and I’m really proud of them for that. Even at the age of almost-five Elfie (and Hux!) has never tried a fizzy drink and is interested only in water or milk. I know some people might think I’m depriving them of the pleasures of fruit juice and squash but having heard nightmares about children as young as four having their rotten teeth pulled out I’m happy with a little bit of healthy deprivation.
They have recently become curious about what other children are drinking however and there was one occasion this supper I caved and let Hux try a Fruit Shoot (he basically went into spasms of joy).
I’d never considered making our own healthy drinks before so when BRITA got in touch to suggest we had a go at creating one at home I thought it would be a great idea. A chance for me to get in the kitchen with Elfie (she loves it), talk about why we eat the way we do (oh god I’m starting to sound like a cult leader) and teach them why we pick healthy alternatives to some food and drinks. BRITA sent across one of their classic water filters and some recipes for us to base ours on and we got cracking.
I’ve never owned a BRITA filter and was amazed at the difference it made to the taste of our water. It definitely now has less of a chemical taste, it’s softer, much easier to drink and as I think it’s so noticeable as our area is hard water. The filter works by reducing impurities and chloring, resulting in the best possible taste.
(They’re standing on a little stool, FYI. Not giant children)
Raspberry and Blackcurrant Homemade Squash
We decided to go for a berry infusion for our homemade squash, beginning by steeping two fruit teabags (Twinings are my favourite – we used Mango & Strawberry and Cranberry & Raspberry) in 210ml of BRITA water boiled on the hob and taken off the heat. Leave these in for about 15 minutes before removing.
Then add your berries. We don’t use anything fancy – just 3tbsp of Waitrose’s Frozen Berry Smoothie Mix which I stick in my morning juices – and 1 or 2 tbsp of Maple Syrup (depending on how sweet you like things, I used 1). Simmer for around 10 minutes.
Strain through a sieve and leave to cool. Discard your berrries or keep to serve with yoghurt or ice cream.
Fill a class about 1/4 full of your squash and top up with BRITA or sparkling water for a bit of fizz – this should serve around 4 people.
Refreshing when cold, warming when hot, yum!
The homemade squash went down well with these two so we’ll definitely be making it again for a special treat. I loved the fact that I knew exactly what had gone into it – all natural, no nasties – so spent the evening polishing my mum halo.
Eat your heart out, Fruit Shoot.