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.

Babies under 12 months - Foods to consider AVOIDING

Avoid any food additives

Salt

White rice

Any animal product high in vitamin A

Animal milk

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

Caffeine

Corn, very often genetically manipulated and low in nutrients

Wheat

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

Cacao

Caffeine

 

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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Green Pea and Mint Yoghurt©

100gr Fresh or frozen peaspea yoghurt

1 Sprig of fresh mint leaves (not dried)

100ml fresh organic natural yoghurt

¼ clove of garlic

½ lemon juiced

Blend with a high speed blender or Thermomix

Serve with red pepper sticks or bread sticks

Or you could even add cucumber too!

 

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Chick Pea Baby©

100gr dried chickpeasPassion 4 Juice October blog 2

¼ red pepper

2 carrots

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:

Molybdenum 200%

Magnesium 70%

Protein 25%

Iron 20%

Half a red pepper contains the recommended daily amount of:

Vitamin C 90%

Vitamin E 10%

B6 5%

Vitamin K 3%

1 Carrot contains approximately the recommended daily amount of:

Vitamin A 60%

Potassium 3%

1 green apple contains approximately the recommended daily amount of:

Fibre 10%

Vitamin C 10%

 Pineapple and Apple Crumble Smoothie©

3 apples

2 slices of pineapple

Inch of banana

Tablespoon of ground oats or muesli  

A few raisins

Honey

Ice

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.

Passion 4 Juice Baby’s Cream Pudding©

250ml or rice milk

Handful of oats

Add 1 Banana

Chopped up dried apricots

A dusting of cinnamon

Ice

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:

Peaches

Sultanas

Cranberries

Rice Milk

It’s the least allergenic of milk alternatives
Rice milk can be used by vegetarians
One cup of rice milk contains 33 grams of carbohydrates, 3 to 4 times the amount in milk or soy milk
Low in protein and calcium
Least amount of fat 
Rice milk is also cholesterol free

Mung Bean Chili Dip Dip©

 

 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 beansavocado dip

1 glove garlic

Dash of chili flakes

1 apple

1 avocado

½ lime

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)

Potassium 10%

Iron 5%

Calcium 1%

Passion 4 Juice Super Baby Pudding© 

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 apple

1/2 banana

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). 

 

 

Purple Berry Bumble© 

Frozen Raspberries, blueberries and strawberries

Inch of banana

Handful of muesli

Honey to taste

Cranberry juice

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.

Trish Tucker-May

Trish Tucker-May, founder of Passion 4 Juice is a nutritional health coach and also a GOLD Thermomix consultant.  If you are interested in preparing healthy food for yourself and your family and want help to get the most out of your kitchen. Get in touch. Trish can show you how to serve delicious healthy food from scratch, avoiding nasties and saving you time and money.

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