Everyone loves a good smoothie, and what better time to enjoy them than during the blistering heat of the summer season? Whether you prefer blending vegetables, fruits, or a little bit of both, the result is always a sweet, refreshing sip away from a tropical island vacation (or where ever else your smoothie heart desires). Just don’t forget to take your baby with you!
Most of you parents out there must be quite familiar with the blender as you may have blended, pureed and mashed some form of baby food with it in the past few months. Why not include them in your summer blending project? Now I understand introducing your baby to fruits for the first time can be a little scary so make sure you know which fruits they respond well to and which they don’t before transitioning them in the wonderful world of smoothies. The blending possibilities are endless, and many different diets can be accommodated.
Once you’ve figured out which fruits have been approved, let loose! Not only is the consistency of smoothies perfect for babies but you would be introducing them to a bunch of new flavors they’ve never tried before. Fruits and vegetables by themselves are pretty amazing but blend the right combination together and your baby will be hooked! If you feel they won’t shirk at the roaring sounds of your blender, you can even include them in the process and let them press the button. When it’s done, sit back and enjoy a cup with your new smoothie-enthusiast.
Depending on your baby’s reaction to the fruits included, the following recipe may only be suitable for babies 9 months and older.
Banana Berry Smoothie
Makes 3 1/2 cups
Based on Cuisinart Original
1-1/2 cup orange juice or soymilk
1/2 cup yogurt, fat-free vanilla
1 frozen banana
1 cup fresh strawberries
1 cup frozen berries (raspberry or strawberry)
Place ingredients in blender jar attachment in order listed. Place cover on blender jar. Turn to HIGH and press ON. Blend for about 20-30 seconds until smooth.