Mealtime Favorites: Simple Smoothies
At Gunamuna, we are all about simple – with everything from diaper changes to mealtimes – so we thought it would be fun to start sharing some of our favorite, go-to meals.
Once your baby has started experimenting with solids, smoothies are a great thing to introduce into their diet. Added bonus? They’re 100% adult-friendly!
You can serve a smoothie on a spoon, in a reusable pouch, or in a small open cup, depending on the consistency your baby is comfortable with – some days I’ll make a thicker smoothie and serve on a spoon, and then turn that same base into a smoothie bowl with granola for myself. All about efficiencies!
Here is a simple formula to follow when creating a kid-friendly smoothie:
- Choose your liquid. We recommend using water or full fat yogurt, depending on what your baby has experimented with!
- Choose your fruit - and don't be afraid to use frozen! It's easier to stock your freezer with some favorites than always worrying about having fresh fruit on hand. Some of our favorites are bananas, oranges, blueberries, pineapple, mango, peeled clementines, and apple.
- Choose a veggie. Some of our favorites are kale, spinach, celery – pro tip: you can pretty much sneak any vegetable into a smoothie, so don't be afraid to experiment!
- Go-To Smoothie Ratios: When making your smoothie, always follow this ratio: 1 cup liquid, 2 cups of veggies, and 2 cups of fruit.
- Pop in the liquid and veggies first, and blend.
- Add in the fruit and blend the smoothie really well to ensure that it has a very creamy texture - adjust thickness as needed.
- Serve it in a reusable pouch, sippy cup, or with a spoon depending on what your toddler likes and is already familiar with using.
*Always be sure to follow your pediatrician's guidance on introducing new foods and how to manage any sensitivities your child may have.