If you follow me on Snapchat, then you know my daughters capabilities of taking down a 12oz. smoothie in one breath. I really don't know how she does it because I myself can't even do it! This smoothie is actually so rich that it takes me a good 20 minutes to actually finish it! In fact, I never finish it. With that said, she's something of a phenomenon. So if your baby is not drinking 12oz. Or more - that is fine and totally normal! Every baby/toddler digests food differently and also depends on how active they are throughout the day. Even if they just start sipping on yours, it's a start.
One of the highest screenshots and most common questions on Snapchat is about Kats juice. What's in her smoothie? Below is a breakdown. However, I suggest you adjust to your baby/toddlers liking. Kat absolutely LOVES fruit! Over ice cream, cookies, chocolate - she's obsessed with fruit, any fruit (I lucked out with this). Vegetables...not so much! And for this, I make her soup every other day with all the veggies she needs - blog post for another time. Kids likings and preferences are constantly changing as they're discovering new things or getting tired of old things. Don't give up if your baby doesn't like it right away - keep trying until you find a recipe that works for him/her.
Because Kat loves fruit, I load up all the fruits she loves in my Nutri Bullet. Then I load up the things she's not fond of: avocados and greek yogurt! Try to add and hide the foods they don't love in their smoothie - but overpower with their favorites! Kat is a very "texture" type of picky (who do these little human beings think they are?!). I always add at least one type of green, usually Spinach or Kale and for added nutrients, I add honey and/or almond butter & chia seeds. Chia seeds are a GREAT source of antioxidants, omega 3 fatty acids and fiber. As always, make sure your baby/toddler is at the right age for any of the ingredients listed. Lastly, you need liquid to water this down a bit and make it easier to drink. I like to add coconut water because it's very hydrating but you can also add Almond milk as well. Kat usually drinks almond milk instead of whole milk throughout the day - so I go with the coconut water for her smoothie.
With this smoothie, Kat gets in all her fruits, dairy, greens, protein and then some! What I also do is make extra and freeze up the rest into a popsicle - she LOVES this! I got the tray super cheap from IKEA. I even freeze up banana, blueberry and avocado in this way so that she eats her avocados and guess what? She loves it! Cruel isn't it? Haha! It's for their own good :) Hope you guys enjoyed this blog post and find it very useful. Let me know your thoughts!
Apple, Banana, Orange, Blueberry, Blackberry, Strawberry, Spinach, Avocado, Greek Yogurt, Honey, Chia Seeds, Coconut Water