Mommy and me smoothies

By request, here's some of the ways I ensure my child gets all the nutrients he needs in a day. Whether it's because he's having a picky day, or just isn't feeling well. Or he's teething and doesn't feel like eating as much. Smoothies are great, they're easy, and they taste good too.
Especially since my son doesn't consume animal products, I'm mindful that he gets all the healthy fats he needs for his growing brain from foods like avocado, coconut, and nut butters.
*Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, nutritionist, or pediatrician. I am in no way qualified to make decisions for anyone elses child but my own. Always consult a professional physician when making choices for yourself or child when you are unsure or uninformed. Do your research! From reputable sites and books that are backed by facts and not opinions! That being said, these can serve as ideas. And they are recipes my family enjoys. They aren't the only things my son eats and don't take the place of a balanced diet full of a variety of foods.

I serve up a green smoothie, for the extra fruits, veggies and vitamins. This recipe makes a larger portion as well so it's good to share. I posted that one here.

For a quick breakfast or snack I'll make a Cinnamon Oat Smoothie. Oats provide satiation, and necessary carbohydrates for energy. And they also lend a creamy texture. I choose soy milk for it's slight fat and protein edge over other non dairy milks, but you could use any like almond or coconut, if you prefer.

Cinnamon Oat Smoothie

2 tbsp oats
1tbsp almond butter
1 small ripe banana (fresh or frozen)
Dash of cinnamon
2/3 cup soy milk
1 pitted dried date (optional)
a few ice cubes (if banana is fresh)
-Blend until very smooth

Even on the most picky days, it's hard for a tot to say no to chocolate! So to make sure he's getting a dose of healthy​ fat and protein I'll make a Chocolate Shake with a secret ingredient. Frozen spinach! The cacao and peanut butter easily mask the spinach taste. This smoothie is a favorite and even one I enjoy often. I choose cacao powder over cocoa powder to avoid added sugar and to get an extra antioxidant benefit.

Healthy Chocolate Shake

1/4 cup chopped frozen spinach
1 frozen banana
1 heaping tbsp cacao powder
1 dried pitted date
1 cup nut milk (I use almond)
2 tbsp natural peanut butter
-Feel free to add more cacao powder or less peanut butter or spinach to meet your taste. You can also add ice if you don't have a frozen banana but keep in mind it won't be as smooth and creamy.

Avocados are so good for you, and are a great addition to a vegan child's diet. For my nephew this smoothie is especially good because he isn't that fond of the taste of avocado yet! Ripe mangoes hide any avocado taste and the avocado makes smoothies extra silky smooth.

Mango Avocado Smoothie

1/4 ripe avocado
3/4 cup frozen mango chunks
1 dried pitted date (optional)
1 cup water, coconut milk, or orange juice
-The coconut milk will obviously be the most creamy version. The date is best to add if you're using only water. And the orange juice makes the sweetest and most fruity version!

All of these recipes can be customized to your liking. Get creative and try different combinations and amounts to find what you like best.


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