Make Your Own Baby Food: Smoothies
Make your own baby food for your toddler and try out smoothies! Once your child can suck through a straw or drink from a cup with help, smoothies become an easy and tasty way to serve fruits. Smoothies are basically just purees are are incredibly easy...no cooking involved.
When my son started getting his molars in at around 16 months there were a few days that he didn't want to eat anything that required chewing. He refused to be spoon fed and wasn't even motivated to feed himself with a spoon either. Smoothies to the rescue!
You can make your own baby food smoothies so easily that you really don't need to follow a recipe, although I include a few just as a jumping off point. If you toss some fruit into a blender it will usually be pretty tasty. Consider all the other healthy things you can add too, baby cereal, oatmeal, yogurt, milk and more!
I like to use frozen fruits rather than adding ice to my smoothies. Packaged is easy, just be sure they are pure fruits with no sugars or colors added. When I have fresh fruit in the house that is getting too ripe I cut it up and pop it into the freezer and use it in smoothies later on.
Also keep in mind that you aren't stuck with just using fruit. Spinach can be snuck in with bananas. Even grains can be added to your smoothies. Yogurt, brewer's yeast, omega 3 drops...oh my!
Constipation Relief Smoothie
- 1 ripe pear
- 1/2 cup watermelon chunks
- 1 tbsp blueberries
When my toddler occassionally gets constipated I make this smoothie for him and it does the trick! The water content in the watermelon usually is enough that you don't need to add water. However, if it is too thick, add a bit of water until you reach the desired consistency.
Classic Berry Smoothie
- 1 tbsp blueberries
- 1 tbsp raspberries
- 1/4 banana
- 1 teaspoon yogurt
- 2 tbsp milk (or rice milk, soy milk, etc)
This makes a small, toddler sized smoothie, however, it is so tasty you might want to make extra so you can have some too! Adjust the consistency by adding more liquids: milk, soymilk, ricemilk, water, juice or whatever you normally give your child as a beverage. You can also add cereal, grains and more to make it a more substantial serving.
***Please note that there are potential allergy issues when introducing new foods to your baby or toddler. Obviously, you can easily adapt recipes to suit your family. When in doubt, contact your pediatrician.