We have been in a “picky eating” stage of toddler-hood for a few months now and it’s been a little less than frustrating on a daily basis. Baby food jars and pouches seemed to be the only way to get him to eat his vegetables and I’m happy to report that version of feeding is definitely on its way out. (Though squeeze applesauces are still a great snack.) The only downfall of not spending oodles of money on baby food is that I can’t figure out how to give Firecracker his veggies!
One of my best friends met this battle, too, when her son was this age and their solution was smoothies. It took a little more time, but then a miracle happened and smoothies definitely were the answer. He gets a great hit of protein from Greek yogurt and milk as well as a generous handful or two of spinach or kale. I’m definitely open to trying more veggie-fied smoothie recipes, maybe some with carrot? (Speaking of, I’m about to make a batch of muffins with carrots in them after naptime! You’ll see them in next month’s #MuffinMonday assuming they’re a success.) If you have any great healthy smoothie recipes to share, leave me a comment below!
I’m not an expert in smoothie making and always struggle to get the perfect consistency, but making 2-3 smoothies a week has definitely improved my game! I decided to write down my proportions and this smoothie was a hit enough to create a post from it!
I used an individual serving size container of blueberry Greek yogurt that Firecracker tricked me into wanting to eat. Added frozen fruit, spinach, and finished it with some milk. You’d never know there was spinach in it and with no added sugar it’s definitely a healthy smoothie.
This recipe makes 1 serving.
Triple Berry Spinach Smoothie
- 1 container (5.3 oz) blueberry Greek yogurt
- 4 frozen whole strawberries
- 20 frozen raspberries
- 1/2 C baby spinach
- 1/2 C milk
- Put all ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth. Add 1-2 tbsp more milk if needed.
Our first night home with Wesley we were welcomed by our parents and Stuart’s sister with a beautiful home cooked dinner of mashed potatoes, asparagus, and pork chops. My mom made her mashed potatoes, Stuart’s mom made the vegetables, the dads grilled the pork chops, and Audrey made a beautiful berry sauce to put atop the pork. It was a wonderful dinner to celebrate the birth of our first son and the first grandchild on both sides of the family.
Red and Blue Berry Sauce
- 2 shallots, thinly sliced
- 1 1/2 C white wine
- 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
- 4 sprigs thyme
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 2/3 C blueberries
- 2/3 C raspberries
- 4 tbsp unsalted butter
- 2 tbsp honey
- In a medium saucepan over low heat, bring shallots, wine, vinegar, thyme, and cinnamon to a simmer. Cook 15-20 minutes, or until reduced by more than half.
- Add berries, butter, and honey. Cook 2-4 minutes.
*This recipe is modified from Melissa at http://www.nytimes.com/recipes/12604/salmon-with-agrodolce-blueberries.html*
I recently joined yet another food blog linky party. This one, the Foodie Extravaganza is a monthly party hosted by bloggers who love food! Each month we incorporate one main ingredient into recipes to share with you and this month, our host Kaylin of Keep it Simple, Sweetie, chose peaches as the star ingredient.
I admitted in last month’s stone fruit #bundtbakers post that I don’t like peaches. But my husband does! I didn’t want to sit out my very first month as a member of this fun group of bloggers so I “forced” him to actually measure out the ingredients in his morning smoothie so that I could write up an official recipe. 😉
Raspberry Peach Smoothie
- 2 C frozen peach slices
- 1/2 C frozen raspberries
- 4 tbsp vanilla honey (or honey)
- 1/2 C vanilla yogurt
- 1 1/2 C milk
- Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
Be sure to check out the rest of these perfect peach recipes:
Peach & Blue Cheese Prosciutto Bruschetta by Keep it Simple, Sweetie
Old-Fashioned Peach Cobbler by From Gate to Plate
Peach Mousse by Love in the Kitchen
Peach Orange Banana Smoothie by We Like to Learn as We Go
Peach Almond Cake by My Creative Days
Peach Donuts by Rae Gun Ramblings
Peaches & Cream Dessert Bars by The Freshman Cook
Fresh Peach Salsa by Rhubarb and Honey
Skinny Vegan Peach Coffee Cake by Baking in Pyjamas
Pistachio Peach Pie Pops by Pantry Friendly Cooking
We hope you all enjoyed our delicious peach packed foods this month and don’t forget to stop by to see what next month’s ingredient is!
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