This is a blog dedicated to parents with little ones you want to nourish and keep them healthy. Keep reading for raw food smoothies especially suited to babies and little people. We will also provide a breakdown of the nutrients so you will know they are getting the goodness they need to grow up strong and healthy.
Babies will love to explore colour, texture and taste. Consider introducing a wide variety when starting on solid food. Green seems to be the main issue so think about bringing a positive vibe when preparing green foods. Green foods are vital for providing growing bodies with energy direct from mother nature. It is only TV and peers that prevent greens from being a loved food colour.
Using ice in these recipes will help break down the fibre. However all baby and toddler food is best served slightly warm as it will be comforting and reassuring to your child.
If you have a Thermomix you can also very easily warm the smoothie to 37 degrees, keeping it raw but warm and comforting for your little person to enjoy. If you don’t have a Thermomix all of these recipes can be slightly warmed on your stove top. Don’t overcook as you will lose all the enzymes and some of the dense nutrients.
Avoid any food additives
Any animal product high in vitamin A
White, refined sugar
Fructose (not fruit sugar as it is falsely called, it is made from corn starch by microbes)
Potato, deficient in nutrients and packed with starch which can cause tummy trouble
Corn, very often genetically manipulated and low in nutrients
Soy, even organic non GMO, mimics estragon (female hormone) in the body can cause a harmful hormone imbalance, so try rice milk
Nuts, mycotoxins and risk of inhaling
What if you make too much baby smoothies or food?
We believe fresh is always best, but for busy parents it is easy to run out of time to prepare fresh each day. A good idea is to make large batches and freeze small portions in tiny pots or ice cube trays. Then they are ready for trips out and about, defrosting and warming up. You can also make left overs into iced lollies or ice blocks for older siblings.
Here are a few recipes for you to try. We would love to get your feedback on what works, what your favourite baby food recipes are and what your children enjoy the most.
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100gr dried chickpeas
¼ red pepper
1 green apple
Juice the red pepper, carrots and a green apple
Soak the chickpeas in the juice overnight
Blend once the chickpeas are soft… you may need to add water to make sure they are totally soaked
This is packed with basic flavorings both savory and sweet – making the babies taste buds tingle with delight but not being too over powering. High in protein and low GI
100gr chickpeas contain the recommended daily amount of:
Half a red pepper contains the recommended daily amount of:
Vitamin C 90%
Vitamin E 10%
Vitamin K 3%
1 Carrot contains approximately the recommended daily amount of:
Vitamin A 60%
1 green apple contains approximately the recommended daily amount of:
Vitamin C 10%
2 slices of pineapple
Inch of banana
Tablespoon of ground oats or muesli
A few raisins
Juice the apples
Blend the apple juice with the rest of the ingredients and serve - this recipe can be slightly warmed especially on colder days.
250ml or rice milk
Handful of oats
Add 1 Banana
Chopped up dried apricots
A dusting of cinnamon
Soak the oats in the rice milk overnight
Add banana, apricots, cinnamon and ice. The ice will help break down the fibre.
Blend. If you have a Thermomix you can also very easily warm the smoothie to 37 degrees, keeping it raw but warm and comforting for
your little person to enjoy.
You could add various dried fruits for example:
This recipe is designed to be loved by all at all ages. DO NOT BE AFRAID OF FLAVOR. Introduce new textures and flavors’ - spices and herbs. Stimulate the little ones taste buds
100gr mung beans
1 glove garlic
Dash of chili flakes
Soak mung beans overnight
Juice the apple
Blend all the ingredients together add more apple if needed
Serve with celery sticks, carrot sticks and cucumber sticks
Mung Bean contains approximately the recommended daily amount of:
Vitamin K 43%
Vitamin c 23%
Protein approx 10% ( the information varies on this)
Remember to be aware of nuts and nut allergies.
All these dry ingredients can be prepared and stored in advance:
4 tablespoons rolled oats
2 tablespoons almonds (roasted or plain raw, soaked overnight if you have time)
2 tablespoons organic coconut (no preservatives)
2 tablespoons Linseeds
2 tablespoons sunflower seeds
2 tablespoons chia seeds
Wet Ingredients – this will make at least 2 serves
2 small pears (or 1 large pear)
1 date or prune, pitted
1/4 teaspoon mixed spice or cinnamon
2 drops vanilla essence – organic if possible
160 grams full-cream milk of your choice, rice milk is delicious in this recipe
This recipe is designed for a Thermomix but if you have a good high speed blender it will also work well.
Blend the dry Ingredients for 20-30 seconds on high speed until you get a fine flour like powder. This can be kept in an air tight container. You can use 3 – 4 spoons of the dry ingredients at a time. Add wet ingredients and use whatever fruits your baby prefers. Mine loved pears and apples. Sweet potato, blueberries, raspberries, figs, and apricots also work well. If you are using a Thermomix you can cook at 100 degrees for 8 minutes on speed 2. If not you can soften these ingredients in a pan or blend until smooth. You can serve straight away and also refrigerate for the following day.
You can add more cool water or milk into the individual serving dish if it is too hot or thick. Alternatively you can try adding some organic yoghurt (5am natural yoghurt is my favourite).
Frozen Raspberries, blueberries and strawberries
Inch of banana
Handful of muesli
Honey to taste
The ice will help break down the fibre. Blend.
If you have a Thermomix you can also very easily warm the smoothie to 37 degrees, keeping it raw but warm and comforting for your little person to enjoy.