Smoothies for Littles

Right after Noam turned six months old, we introduced solid foods to him for the first time. I wrote a post on all of the tools I used to prep, feed and store. Boy, how things have changed. It's funny and slightly scary how different reality is from what you imagine life will be like when you're a first time mom, isn't it?

Here's what I thought would most certainly happen: We'd start with purees. I'd painstakingly but happily mix and mash and store all of his organic food. He'd be so content and clean eating, and it'd be a beautiful picture as we all enjoyed our meals together. At the table. Without a mess or a fuss.

Here's our reality: Noam rejected purees and insisted on feeding himself what we ate from the get-go. My awesome baby food maker is collecting dust in the corner of our kitchen. The rug under the dining room table was a terrible idea. Our dogs have probably gained 5 pounds each from all of the food Noam has fed them instead of himself. Some days, he eats three dinosaur crackers and a mouthful of yogurt. 

See? Funny and scary. 

Anyway, what's my point? Like with many other things when it comes to babies (sleeping, breastfeeding), feeding is not entirely what you expect it to be. Some days, our meals take place on the floor because that's where Noam prefers to eat. Some days require several baths because those raspberries and that hummus aren't going to magically disappear from Noam's ears and nostrils. 

Okay, now here's my real point: we've been trying a lot of different things to get Noam to eat well. Some work and some don't. But one thing I've tried that's worked really, really well is making smoothies for Noam. He absolutely loves slurping them down, and I love that I can get lots of fruits and veggies and wholesome food into him easily and with relatively little mess. And, to make it easy and clean for Noam to feed himself, I put the smoothies in ChooMee's new Snack'n reusable pouches (they're so easy to fill and clean, a great size, you can see through them, and they're adorable) and use the Sip'n food pouch toppers (which are probably my MVP of feeding since Noam started eating - seriously gifting these for every baby shower ahead). 

Anyway, since this has been working so well for us, I thought that I'd share some of my favorite smoothie recipes for the littles in our lives. 

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

1 cup almond milk
1 cup pumpkin purée
½ cup whole fat yogurt
1 banana
¼ tsp. cinnamon
*optional dash of honey, vanilla extract or maple syrup for a sweeter taste

Apple Pie Smoothie

1 cup almond milk
¼ cup apple juice, cider or sauce
2 apples (sliced)
1 cup spinach (fresh or frozen)
1 tbsp almond butter
1 tsp cinnamon
*optional honey and cayenne pepper
*to make it an apple crumble smoothie, add in ½ cup of plain granola

Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie

1 cup strawberries (fresh or frozen)
½ cup whole fat Greek yogurt
¼ cup almond milk, milk or water
2 bananas
1 cup plain granola

PB&J Smoothie

1 cup berries of your choosing (fresh or frozen)
½ cup whole fat yogurt
¼ cup almond milk or water
1 banana
2 tbsp peanut butter
*optional dash of honey

Tropical Superfoods Smoothie

1½ cup apple juice or coconut water
½ cup whole fat yogurt
½ cup mango (fresh or frozen)
½ cup pineapple (fresh or frozen)
1 handful of spinach or kale (fresh or frozen)
1 banana
1 tsp chia seeds or ground flax seeds
*optional coconut flakes

Blueberry Oatmeal Breakfast Smoothie

1½ cup almond milk
½ cup whole fat yogurt
½ blueberries (fresh or frozen)
½ cup rolled oats or plain granola
½ tsp cinnamon
*optional honey
*optional flax or chia seeds

Green Smoothie

1½ cup apple juice or coconut water
1 apple (sliced)
1 pear (sliced)
1 cup spinach or kale (fresh or frozen)
½ avocado (sliced)