Healthy from the start
I have fed my son vegetables and fruit as much as possible since he was able to eat them and he actually liked them. Sweet potatoes seemed to be his favorite but he would not eat bananas. I don’t usually eat bananas either, mainly due to texture. His aversion, I believe, was due to their sweetness. In time though he began to like them and they are now a staple in his smoothie.
I started with making him a “yogurt” everyday when he was about a year old. Basically it contained the same ingredients as his smoothie (see recipe below) except I used whole milk Greek yogurt because it was thick. But breakfast began to last longer than 30 minutes, even up to an hour sometimes! It seemed like there had to be something else I could do.
A Welcomed Change
Finally, when he was used to drinking out of a straw, I got the great idea of making his “yogurt” into a smoothie. I switched to plain, whole milk yogurt because it’s thinner than Greek yogurt. I also found a couple children’s cups that were secure yet easy to remove the straw to wash. Now I was free to get a few things done while he sat and drank his smoothie!!!
I used to make a small batch but now I make a large one. It usually lasts 3-4 days, depending on how hungry he is and if on the rare occasion he wants something else but almost everyday he asks for a smoothie for breakfast. I don’t measure anything so the recipe is a general idea, you may have to experiment to get it how you or your child likes it.
His Daily Smoothie
I use a Pyrex 10 cup bowl or I have one that is a little larger that I use when that one is being used for something else or happens to be dirty. The pictures are the larger bowl.
- approx. 3 cups of frozen berries – fairly thawed (an organic mixture I get from Costco)
- approx. 1 cup of frozen spinach – fairly thawed (organic that I get from Costco)
- 2 large bananas (very ripe to make it sweeter)
- 1 avocado
- 2 tbsp. cinnamon
- 2 tbsp. vanilla extract
- 32 oz plain whole milk yogurt (organic from Aldi)
I put everything in the bowl then blend it together with a stick blender and ladle it into his cup. Occasionally I mix it up based on what I have on hand in the house or if I find a great sale on fruit. I may also add a little nutmeg, turmeric or some sort of seed. Generally though I stick to the recipe because I know he likes it and I feel good about feeding it to him.