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Nutrient Dense Smoothie for Toddler

My 2 year old loves popsicles, ice cream and cupcakes likes the rest of them. The thing is, I’m perfectly fine serving them to him for breakfast, lunch or dinner because they are always homemade with fruits, veggies(!), healthy fats and no added sugar.

I’m hoping this will help him develop a healthy attitude toward eating, since there are no forbidden foods and no, “eat this first, then you can have that.” This leads kids to believe that dessert is a reward for being good and eating food they don’t like, and also sets the stage for power struggles with toddlers asserting their independence.

He hasn’t reached a vegetable shunning stage yet, but I brace for it every day. In fact, yesterday I was reading in Super Baby Food that between 1 and 2 years of age is the most important time to shape your baby’s taste buds. This is the time to introduce them to a vast array of tastes, consistencies, colors and healthy foods. After their second birthdays most children are very reluctant to try anything new.

I recently read a list of the most nutrient dense foods that you should aim to give your toddler at least once a week. This morning when my son brought me a cup, a lid and a straw and asked to make a smoothie, I thought- why not try to pack as many of the foods on that list as possible!

Here’s what we put in his mid-morning snack:

1/2 cup Whole milk yogurt
1 Banana
Almond Butter (about a tablespoon)
1/4 cup frozen blueberries
2 handfuls of fresh baby spinach
coconut oil (not sure how much- i just poured a little in)
A little water to make it easier to sip
1 teaspoon brewer’s yeast

He helped me with the whole thing- he really enjoys pouring all of the ingredients in and holding the immersion blender (which I highly recommend) while I press the buttons.

It turned out great- he gave me half of it… Yum!

Next time I’ll take photos!

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Best Breastfeeding Pillow!

I can’t let World Breastfeeding week go by without mentioning my absolute favorite breastfeeding “accessory.”

The Nesting Pillow – Organic Nursing Pillow with Washable Slip Cover

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The Nesting Pillow by The Blessed Nest.

This is THE BEST nursing pillow on the market. I say this for many reasons, and here are my top 3:

  • It’s made of organic cotton, and filled with organic buckwheat. Need I say more? No, but I will: most nursing pillows are doused in flame-retardant chemicals and made with synthetic fillers and materials. Your newborn baby will be nestled up to this many times per day, with her nose mere centimeters from the toxins. Have you considered that?
  • It does not have to strap on or “clip on” to your body. Great for moms of all sizes, and those who don’t want to feel restricted while breastfeeding. This non-rigid design also means you can use it before the baby comes as a body pillow, can use it to nurse your baby long past the newborn stage, and a toddler can use it to lounge on…
  • It is great for travel! I take mine on the plane, and it serves as a great “bed” for my baby to nap on (on my lap) during the flight. Hmm, laying on a blissfully comfortable organic, eco-friendly and familiar pillow, or laying on the metal seatbelt??? What would your baby choose?

How Do I Create a Broccoli Monster For Life?

The question that has been on my mind lately is how on earth I am going to shape my child’s eating habits into healthy ones. I know the obvious answer- feed him real, nourishing food, skip the kid food, avoid sugary processed junk, let him see me eating healthy foods and making good choices and all will be well, right? Continue reading How Do I Create a Broccoli Monster For Life?

Cool Kitchen Gadgets for Summer

While having lunch at a friend’s home today, I watched in amazement as she effortlessly took the stem off the strawberries she was serving the kids. Since the majority of the Vitamin C in strawberries is located near the stem I’m always distraught as I lop it off, and sometimes I just throw the whole thing in my morning smoothie- greens and all. Not any longer! Where has this been all my life? This might be the coolest kitchen gadget I’ve ever seen. Continue reading Cool Kitchen Gadgets for Summer