At nearly 9 months old, Connell has decided he's going on the typical baby hunger strike. Initially I was concerned, as I always am when my kids go through this phase. However, with the lovely new baby food guidelines allowing yogurt, I decided to see if I could sneak something other than breast milk into my teething munchkin's diet.
|Today's smoothie ingredients. They vary all the time.|
I seldom, if ever, take the time to measure things while cooking for the family. Why do anything differently when it comes to the baby, right? So I can't offer you exact measurements. But I can tell you it's wicked easy.
- Two big spoonfuls of whole milk yogurt (Stoneyfield Farms Organic Whole Milk)
- Half of a very ripe banana (the riper the better)
- Handful of frozen berries
- Roughly a quarter cup of whole grain baby cereal (Earth's Best is my favorite)
- a half jar of something green (homemade works, too!)
- and enough white grape juice to make it smooth
(Note: Freeze the other half of the banana and jar o' green for future smoothies. You can freeze the rest of the juice, but I don't usually bother with that.)
Toss it all in the Baby Bullet (purchased at a consignment shop for half the retail cost. Woo! A blender would work just as well.). Whirl until it's smooth. Watch for pesky frozen berries that refuse to cooperate.
|Toss it in.|
|Blend until smooth.|
|Pour into two cups.|
This usually makes two smoothies and as long as they're kept in the fridge, they will last for two days without a problem. My favorite smoothie cups are the Take and Toss Straw Cups by The First Years. The straws are nice and wide, which accomodate the slightly thicker texture of a smoothie.
|See? Smiley babies LOVE smoothies!|
Now, I know not all babies willingly use a straw. Connell is a little unusual in that regard. So here's another way to get the goodness of a smoothie into your happy little hunger striker:
Munchkin makes great molds with rounded handles, perfect for little fingers. I highly suggest offering this treat on a hot day and right before bath time. They're great for teething, too. We've had success with freezing left over smoothie and homemade applesauce.
Other smoothie options: mango, peaches, spinach, green beans, peas, avocado, carrots, prunes, apples, sweet potatoes... well, you get the picture. Anything goes!