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 wean 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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Energizing Tomato Smoothie

tomato smoothie blog

 

I had a lot of tomatoes on hand and needed to figure out different ways to use them before they went bad. I used 3 summer yellow tomatoes in my smoothie this morning! Here is the full list of what I used:

3 med yellow tomatoes

6 mini carrots

1 kiwi

2 mini orange sweet peppers

1 tbsp chia seeds

1/4 cup cranberry nectar

4 ice cubes

tomato smoothie

I removed the watery seeds from the tomatoes, gave them a rough chop and then added all of the  ingredients into the blender and blended until smooth!

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This one was definitely energizing! You can also make it spicy if you want by adding pepper, etc.

Enjoy!!

xoxo, A

Dark Green Muscle Smoothie

dark green muscle smoothie

2 handfuls fresh spinach or kale OR 1 cup frozen packed spinach

1 c unsweetened almond milk

1 scoop or approx. 18 g choc protein powder

3/4 c frozen or fresh blueberries

1/2 banana

1 tbsp. chia seeds

3 tsp. oats

1 kiwi

Add some ice, blend well!

Looks swampy BUT tastes delish like blueberries and kiwi!

 

Enjoy!

A

Little bit of everything Smoothie

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Bringing you a new smoothie idea EVERYDAY this week! You’re welcome!!! This one is great and you know sometimes you just want a little bit of everything in your smoothies and if you are anything like me then in life too!!!

Ingredients:

1 c unsweetened almond milk

3 tsp oats

1 tsp chia seeds or flaxseed

1 scoop or approx 20 grams of chocolate protein powder or 3/4 c plain greek yogurt

Few ice cubes

Fruit:

A few of each-strawberries, blueberries, pineapple, mangos, kiwi, blackberries and avocado

(I have frozen bags of strawberries, blueberries, pineapple and mango in the freezer, the avocado, blackberries and kiwi were fresh. Frozen fruit is the way to go as it is frozen at its peak and you don’t have to worry about it going bad in the fridge over time!)

I added some fresh parsley and then blended til smooth and creamy! I write this at 7:45 am and my smoothie was consumed at 5:30 am-I am still satisfied and full but will eat again with in the next hour by 9 am……as I am sure I will be ravenous again!!

Smoothies are a great way to get a balanced on the go breakfast as you can drink it in the car on the way to work or where ever your day may be bringing you!!

 

Enjoy!

A