velvetpage (velvetpage) wrote in breast_n_bottle,

Mom and tot smoothie

I made this this morning, and Claire loved it as much as I did.

1 ripe banana
1/2 cup whole-fat plain yogurt (the stuff you buy for baby)
1/2 cup frozen strawberries
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

Throw all of this in the blender and floop until smooth. Pour out baby's portion. Add infant cereal if you want to. If there's more than 1 cup left, pour the extra into ice cube trays for later use. Then add

1 cup skim milk

Floop again, and serve yourself.

It's not as tart as my favourite smoothie recipe, which calls for a scoop of orange juice concentrate. But babies under twelve months aren't supposed to have orange juice, so I substituted applesauce, which is a staple of her diet.

Notes: This is a good way to introduce strawberries, but they can be an allergen so be careful with them. The fat in the yogurt will not do you any harm, and your baby needs it, so if you don't want to have to do the whole thing twice, use the whole-fat stuff. After about nine months, it's okay to give your baby the version with milk in it, whole or otherwise, so long as you don't give very much of it. The prohibition against cow's milk before 12 months is mostly because they don't want parents replacing breastmilk/formula with cow's milk too soon. In a recipe like this, where they're probably getting only a tablespoon or so of cow's milk per serving, it's not a big deal. It's also not that big a deal to use skim milk, provided you're using whole-fat yogurt. Babies need the fat, but again, in tiny quantities when the bulk of their nutrition is elsewhere, it's a minor item. However, if you're just making it for baby, use the kind of milk she drinks normally.

This has two servings of fruit for you, and two dairy.

x-posted to breast_n_bottle, everydaycooking, and my own journal.
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