Banana, spinach & kiwi for baby

Let’s talk healthy first foods for baby. I started Charlotte on purees at 6 months and she has now tasted about 28 different foods in the past almost 3 months. Everything from mango to avocado and basics like oats, rice and berries. She is so far a really good eater. She likes it and is eager to try new things and play with her food. Here is a simple puree that she loves that has a banana as a base.

 

Spinach + kiwi + banana:

2 kiwis peeled

1 ripe banana

1 handful of fresh or frozen spinach

Makes approx five 2 oz. servings

Blend until smooth {you will see the black specs of the kiwi and the little bits of the spinach and that’s ok} Also, I didn’t add any water to this one as it has no problem creating its own with the juice from the kiwi. Kiwi is so power packed and good for you and that’s why I love this particular blend! Freeze some and have some now and the next day…

I also made her another banana combo with strawberries +cantaloupe (pictured below) that she adored as well! For this combo I used:

1 ripe banana

2 TBSP water

3/4 c strawberries

3/4 c cantaloupe

Makes approx nine 2 oz servings

 

 

Remember, this phase is about having them try different foods and textures to set them up with good eating habits in the future as well as ween them off of breastmilk or formula eventually. So 1 bite or 10 consider your effort worth it! Have fun with it and they will too!

 

xo, Adrienne

 

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Red Cabbage Smoothies

 

These magical drinks will have you feeling awesome and energized!

I have been using red cabbage in my cooking and in my smoothies over the past two months and I know it is aiding in my overall health. I can feel it! It is very affordable. extremely nutritious and can be used in salads, casseroles or smoothies 😉 I buy one head of cabbage and use 1/2 of it fresh in salads or dinner dishes and then cut and freeze the rest.

Some of you may be thinking gross….it has such a strong taste so how can THAT be good? When you add kale and spinach you can’t taste it so it is the same theory. Trust me.

I will prove it to you!

Smoothie Recipes:

Powerful purple smoothie!
1/2 c shredded raw Red cabbage (I keep some frozen in my freezer)

1/2 c Mixed frozen Berries (blackberries/blueberries/strawberries/raspberries)-any combo

1/2 of a large Apple

1 c Milk (I used unsweetened coconut/almond milk blend by Silk)

1/2 c Greek yogurt

1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder

1 tsp honey

2 tsp Hempseeds, ground flaxseeds or chia seeds

Blend and enjoy!

red cabbage 2

Pretty Purple smoothie:
Small handful of kale or spinach
Small handful of shredded raw Red cabbage
1 cup milk
Ice
2 tsp hempseeds
1/2 of a ripe banana
1/2 of a ripe avocado
1 tsp honey
1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder
Blend

IT IS DELICIOUS!!

red cabbage 1

I hope you guys will try one or both of these.

Don’t be afraid to leave your comfort zone!

xoxo

Adrienne

PNB & Banana Oatmeal

pnb and banana oats

I made this one in my Dutch oven on the stove the other day and I am just finishing up the last batch for tomorrow’s breakfast. Nothing fills me up and sets me up for a good day (nutritionally) like an oatmeal breakfast. It covers all the basis. No cravings and no crazy binge moments because I am all of a sudden starving! Oatmeal and peanut butter “stick to your ribs”, that is for sure! And to think this recipe was created b/c I broke the can opener trying to open the can of pumpkin and I was too cheap to buy pecans to make an official pumpkin oatmeal! I love signs from the universe! This one was, “just use peanut butter and banana silly!”

What you need>>>

2 cups oats

2 c unsweetened almond milk

1 large banana-chopped

2 tsp honey

2 heaping tbsp natural peanut butter

spices-cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger-to your liking

(you could also add chia seeds and or flax seeds….or nuts!)

How to make>>>

In pot or Dutch oven on stove top combine all ingredients over med heat. Let it go for a few min and then stir and simmer for 15 to 20 min.

Makes 5 servings!! Enjoy!! Great for those weekly meal preps or for a family breakfast that morning! xo, A

Triple B Smoothie/Beets, Berries and Banana

Berries, Beets and Bananas! The most Beautiful smoothie ever!

triple b collage

Make this:

1/4 c fresh or frozen beets

1/2 cup fresh or frozen mixed berries

1 small banana

1 tsp chia seeds

1 tsp coconut flakes

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

2 tsp oats

ice if needed (if you didn’t use frozen)

Blend

Enjoy!

***some great additions would be cherries and flax seeds or vanilla protein powder or Super Foods 25 from GNC

xo

A

Strawberry & Lime Smoothie

lime strawberry smoothie 2

Ingredients:

1/2 c frozen strawberries

1/2 c frozen banana

1/2 c plain Greek yogurt (like Chobani or Fage brand)

1 c unsweetened almond milk

1/4 small lime (peeled)

1/4 c cucumber (peeled)

2 tsp flax or chia seeds

3 tsp oats

Fresh parsley (small handful)

Blend until very smooth

Enjoy! A

 lime strawberry smoothie

Greens & Blueberries Smoothie

green blueberry smoothie 2

 

 

GREENS & BLUEBERRIES SMOOTHIE

They say you should start your day with something “Green”!

1 c spinach leaves

1/4 chopped cucumber with skin on

2 sticks of asparagus

Snip of mint

Snip of basil

1/4 c blueberries

1/2 banana

1/2 c Unsweetened coconut almond milk

1 tsp Glutamine

1 scoop Vanilla protein powder

3 Ice cubes

2 tsp Flaxseeds

Blend and enjoy!!!

Notes: you can use anything green you have like kiwi, green apple, fresh dandelion or parsley…all would be great to throw in addition to or instead of!

 

xoxo-A

 

 

green blueberry smoothie

Green tea fruit smoothie

green tea fruit smoothie

Instead of milk I used green tea with extra tea extract and other added natural ingredients that help with cleansing and also have anti oxidant benefits!

Ingredients:

1/2 c cold green tea (from a tea bag, no sugar added)

1/2 c plain Greek yogurt

handful (combined) of strawberries, cranberries and pineapple

1 med banana

2 tsp glutamine

3 tsp oats

4 ice cubes

Blend & Enjoy! I hope you like it and its added benefits from the tea!!

xoxoxo-A

Mango + Banana + Chocolate + Coffee smoothie!

Mango-banana-coffee-chocolate protein powder-flax, chia, oats and almond milk.

1/2 c chopped fresh mango

1 med banana

1 c unsweetened almond milk

1 packet instant coffee-I use Starbucks

1 tsp chia seeds

2 tsp flaxseeds

3 tsp oats

3 ice cubes

1 scoop AMP Wheyabolic Extreme 60 protein powder-from GNC-this is the kind I use (chocolate)

This is a complete and balanced breakfast 20 + grams of Protein, good carbs, lots of fiber, packed with good fats, omega 3 and 6 from the chia seeds, vitamin C and vitamin B from the banana and vitamin A and C from the mangos plus vitamin D and E from the almond milk, also great source of calcium!!!

What if you started every morning this way? I bet your body would thank you all day!!!

Enjoy!!
xoxoxo-A