Monday, August 25, 2014

Real Deal Baby Food: Avocado and Banana Smoothie

I've got another Real Deal Baby Food recipe for you today! Last week, I posted an update on how we are feeding Avery now that he is a year old and has been eating solids for a while and I included a recipe for Real Deal Baby Food Popsicles.

One food I've been wanting to make for Avery for a long time has been smoothies. Smoothies are a GREAT way to get your baby lots of fruits and veggies, especially helpful if you have a picky eater. We are lucky (so far) that Avery loves most foods that we feed him, but we do get in the habit of feeding him the same snacks over and over again and I was ready to switch it up.
Umm...I don't think that is  quite right :)
The only reason I hadn't made him smoothies in the past was that I didn't think any of his sippy cups would work for a smoothie, even if it was pretty thin. I've been hunting around for the perfect straw cup that was appropriate for his age, but wouldn't make a huge mess and a friend recommended this OXO Tot Straw Cup. I got the 7oz size and it is the perfect size for him! I gave it to him with water at breakfast the morning after we got it in the mail to make sure he could figure out how to use a straw cup before I made his smoothie. He got the hang of it after only 10-15 minutes so I decided to make a smoothie for his morning snack.

We chose the 7oz cup in Green, but they also come in Blue and Pink and an 11oz version.

Avery LOVES bananas so I decided to keep his first smoothie pretty simple with banana, avocado and water. The straw is still pretty small so the water helps to thin it out, but the avocado and banana give it a creamy, smooth texture. The avocado also adds a healthy dose of fat to the smoothie, which is hugely important for a baby's growth and brain development and the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins A,D,E and K. I actually had a bit of breast milk in the fridge that needed to be used (I am HUGE on not wasting the breast milk - I work very hard for that stuff) so I threw that in, too. You could use water, breast milk or a mix of the two in this smoothie. You could even use coconut milk or coconut water. 

Really, once you have the basic recipe, you can change it up and make many different flavors. An important thing to keep in mind is just to keep that balance by including some fat, carbs and protein by adding various fruits, steamed veggies (cooled), leafy greens, avocado, coconut, yogurt (if you do dairy), even a bit of pureed liver or egg yolk. I know I'll be experimenting and sharing more flavors in the future!

Do you make smoothies for your little one? What is your favorite flavor?

Paleo Baby Avocado and Banana Smoothie
Avery enjoying his first smoothie!

Real Deal Baby Food: Avocado and Banana Smoothie
Time: 5 Minutes
Servings: 2 (Save some for later in the day or drink it yourself)!

Ingredients
1 banana, cut into large chunks
1/2 avocado
1/2 cup water (or liquid of choice)

Directions
Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.