Back to smoothie-making for me! I have gotten so much use out of that Sili Squeeze I got to be able to easily feed my 1 year old smoothies. Definitely got my money’s worth out of that one. He absolutely loves smoothies and loves using it! Except for the fact that I still am not at the point where I can just give it to him and walk away or else he would just squeeze it eeeverywhere! So I still just hold it for him but it’s still way more convenient than using a spoon or just a regular cup and straw.
This smoothie isn’t just for babies and kids…I thought it was delicious too! Make a whole blender full and you could share it with the little ones 🙂 And since there is kale in it, even though it looks and sounds so unappetizing, you really don’t taste it so it is super healthy too!! All I could taste was blueberry, pear and yogurt goodness! I used 100% pure pomegranate juice for my liquid, which also has many health benefits.
How to make:
– 1 Pear
– 1/2 Cup Blueberries
– 1 Stalk Kale
– 1/2 Cup Yogurt (When making this for my son I used Stonyfield YoTot Whole Milk Blueberry Yogurt)
– 1/2 Cup Pomegranate Juice
– Handful of Ice
Make sure to wash off fruit and kale. Peel and core the pear. Add everything to the blender and blend well adding more pomegranate juice if you need more liquid.
This tastes so amazing! I really think that blueberry and pear is a great combination! If you have younger babes, check out my Blueberry-Pear baby food puree on my Homemade Baby Purees page. I made this a while back when my son was still itty bitty and he loved that combo even then too!
Today is my son’s very FIRST birthday!! I wanted to start out the day extra special by making him some birthday pancakes!
These were super quick and easy to make and taste delicious too! Of course I knew he would only have a few bites so…oh, darn! More for mommy! 😛
Pomegranate Birthday Pancakes N’ Berries
For the pancakes I just used a simple plain pancake recipe from FoodNetwork.com found HERE.
Here is the recipe from Food Network Kitchen
-1 C flour
-1 Tbsp Sugar
-1tsp baking powder
-1/2tsp baking soda
-dash of salt
-1 C buttermilk
-3 Tbsp melted butter
Beat all ingredients together well. Heat up a skillet sprayed with non-stick spray. Pour small amounts of pancake batter into the pan at a time. I added sprinkles to each pancake. Add whatever fruit or toppings you would like! I chose strawberries and blueberries! Blueberries are my son’s absolute favorite so he of course picked all of those off right away! I think he would just continue to eat blueberries for as long as I gave them to him!
For the syrup I reduced pomegranate juice (bring to a simmer until it reaches a syrupy consistency) then added maple syrup for a pomegranate maple syrup. I had never tried this before (usually just stick to good ol’ maple syrup) but it was really delicious!
My son is now 9 months old and constantly on the move! He is sometimes really good at entertaining himself for short periods of time but most of the time he needs constant attention and engagement or else he quickly gets bored. I am always trying to think of new ideas and activities for him to keep him busy. It is tricky with a 9 month old since he is pretty limited in what he can do yet but there are still so many possibilities and I am trying to switch things up on most days.
I use Pinterest a lot to get ideas from other great minds on activities for babies and fun things to do together. Sometimes I want an activity that will keep my baby busy on his own so that I can get something done and other times I like to think of new things that we can do to spend time together. Then there are times like this one where I do something with the intention of keeping him busy but ends up having so much fun and is being so cute that I just end up watching him and laughing at him the whole time! Lately I have really been into sensory play and giving him things with different textures, colors and shapes to let him explore and learn. There are many quick and easy sensory play recipe ideas that use common items that you have in your kitchen! Check out my Pinterest “Activities, Arts & Crafts” page to see a compilation of different activity ideas.
I decided it would be a good day for some sensory play and what better to do than a Christmas theme?! These are just three super simple ideas that I was able to throw together very quickly. I usually do things like this during nap time so that he doesn’t get impatient while I am trying to do it. This way fun times are awaiting him right when he wakes up!
I used 3 different ideas of completely different textures. The first bag I used was crumpled up tissue paper (red & green for Christmas! Come up with your own theme ideas or it doesn’t have to be a theme at all!). The second bag was…”goop,” for lack of a better term. It was just flour and water mixed up. No need to measure really, I just scooped some flour into a bowl and added water until it was a good consistency. The last bag is dyed spaghetti. I knew you could dye spaghetti with food coloring but I had never actually tried it. I was so excited with how it turned out so vibrant! It is actually a bit ridiculous at how excited I was about this spaghetti! I’m totally doing this again in the future…but for eating, not playing! 😛 All I did was cook the spaghetti (or any pasta) as usual and added food coloring while in the boiling water.
To my surprise, this actually kept him busy for a good while! I mean…he is 9 months, it’s not like it was hours or anything, but hey, he had a great time and that’s all that matters! The pictures really show that he was loving it! The tissue paper was his favorite of course because he just looooooves crinkly things! He also liked the spaghetti and was really trying to figure it out. The goop on the other hand, he didn’t play with it much. I kept showing it to him and he would feel it and act all disgusted with a wrinkled up nose face! By the way, check out all that drool! He is getting his top teeth in and the drool is sure flowing!
Making homemade play recipes doesn’t have to be hard…keep things simple, but switch it up! Enjoy the holidays!
I tried out a new smoothie combination today and I have to say, it turned out quite delicious! Wasn’t exactly sure if avocado would go well in this smoothie, but it really does!
I was on a smoothie kick for a really long time and trying out all sorts of recipes and combinations. I always feel better about myself when I make smoothies, especially when I make them for my lunch since they are so nutritious. Not to mention, I always have that fall back later in the day when I grab a handful of chocolate. “Uhh I shouldn’t eat this….but I did have that smoothie for lunch!” 😉
However, with being busy I haven’t been making them lately so I am trying to get back into it! Kind of tricky though since the weather has been getting really cold, which doesn’t make a cold smoothie sound very appetizing!
Here’s what I did!
Add: -half of an avocado -1/2 Cup blueberries -1/4 Cup raspberries -handful of spinach -1/2 Cup greek yogurt -2 tsp chia seeds -3/4 Cup coconut water
Add ice to your blender. Add everything else and BLEND! I added a lot of ice so needed to add more coconut water. So a little tip, if you’re not a super huge coconut water fan but need to add more liquid, try adding some additional milk or juice instead of extra coconut water or else the taste is very apparent.
There you have it! A delicious Berry-Avocado Chia Smoothie! The chia seeds add a really nice texture. You could even add a bit more if you want. I don’t usually like chunks in smoothies but these are not bad at all!