If you are now a parent but also a smoothie lover and want to pass on this healthy beverage to your little one, try this baby smoothie recipe!
I am not a parent myself yet, well if you don’t count my dog, but I have so many friends who currently have babies or toddlers.
This allowed me to ask them tons of questions regarding what their babies eat or cannot eat. Furthermore, I did a lot of research outside of that too.
Thinking back, with all the research I have done on babies, I think I am ready to be a parent myself now, haha!
Can I Give My Baby Or Toddler Smoothies?
Can babies have smoothies? Yes, they can.
However, smoothies should be given to your babies once they are at least 6 months old, and the ingredients need to be selected very carefully.
The smoothie should also be more like a puree than a smoothie, so the texture needs to be right since it’s typically spoon-fed to your child.
Nevertheless, the good news is, that once babies can eat solid food, you can introduce them to smoothies!
Smoothies are a wonderful baby food, they are delicious and easy to make.
Benefits Of Smoothies For Babies
Eating fruit and veggies is so important not only for the health of adults but for babies and toddlers too.
Here is a list of the benefits of giving smoothies to your babies:
- Rich in Beta-Carotene: Contributes to healthy vision, which is crucial in developmental stages.
- Good Source of Fiber: Helps in improving digestion and regulating bowel movements.
- Natural Sugars: Provides quick and easily digestible energy, essential for active toddlers.
- Antioxidants: The blueberries used in the toddler smoothie contain antioxidants like flavonoids that support immune health.
- Rich In Vitamin C: Aids in collagen formation, which is crucial for skin, bone, and vascular health.
- High in Iron: The presence of iron in spinach supports healthy blood development, essential for growing bodies.
- Rich in Folate: Important for normal cellular function and tissue growth.
- Plant-Based Protein: Provides essential amino acids needed for growth and development (Source).
- Hydration: The liquid content helps keep your toddler/baby hydrated.
The smoothie contains mostly fruit and leafy greens such as spinach, making this smoothie incredibly healthy.
To encourage the baby or toddler to eat it, have a sip or two yourself. Babies like to repeat what we do as parents. it’s more like being curious.
Ingredients Used In The Making Of Baby Berry Smoothie
Now I am going to break down every single ingredient I used to make this baby spinach smoothie.
Carrots are one of the best veggies to include in your baby’s diet during the weaning journey.
They have so many benefits, and to be honest, most babies love carrots. Carrots have a slight sweetness to them, and are quite tasty, making them quite likable for the palates of babies and toddlers.
I used peeled boiled carrots to make this toddler smoothie. However, you can also use steamed carrots.
Other than boiled or steamed, I don’t recommend using any other form of carrots. Also, preferably cook the carrots yourself.
Blueberries add natural sweetness to the baby drink. However, apart from that, blueberries also add tons of benefits.
I used frozen blueberries because a cooler smoothie seemed to be enjoyed more by babies after testing it.
Bananas are a classic baby food. I used a ripe banana, which helped thicken the smoothie slightly, as well as add sweetness to it.
Furthermore, bananas work well with carrots and are loved by many babies, toddlers, and adults alike!
Spinach might not be a loved food for babies and toddlers, even adults, but adding it to smoothies is a great way to sneak it in!
It has so many benefits, and the good news is, that you cannot taste it in smoothies!
#5. Oat Milk
I used homemade oat milk because the grocery store’s oat milk typically contains a lot of unhealthy ingredients that are not good for your baby.
My homemade oat milk only has 2 ingredients; oats and water.
However, you can also use breast milk! In fact, using breast milk in your baby’s smoothie is so much better and your baby is likely to eat the smoothie because it contains something it recognizes.
So, if you still have breast milk, make a breast milk smoothie for your baby!
How To Make a Baby Smoothie
The first thing you need to do is cook your carrots. allow them to cool slightly.
Once the baby food is made, avoid serving it in a glass, instead, use a bowl, because you will need to spoonfed the smoothie to your child.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Can Babies Have Frozen Fruit Smoothie?
You can definitely feed frozen fruit smoothies to your babies, but only if they are made using plain ingredients, with no added sweeteners or anything of that kind.
Can Babies Have Protein Powder In a Smoothie
You must avoid feeding protein powders to your babies whether they are in smoothies or not. Protein powders may give your babies side effects such as bloating, gas, cramps, and diarrhea.
Can Babies Have Almond Milk In Smoothie
Babies can drink plant-based milk, but ensure that you use clean dairy alternatives. Preferably use homemade plant milks. Avoid dairy-free milk with sweeteners, preservatives, colourings and other add-ins of that kind.
- 1 carrot peeled and boiled (or 1/2 cup)
- 1 small banana (peeled and diced)
- 1/2 cup/75g frozen blueberries
- 1 handful of spinach (washed, ideally, use organic)
- 200 ml oat milk (ideally, use homemade unsweetened)
- Boil / steam the carrot and let it cool.
- Prepare all your ingredients and measure them as listed in the ingredient list.
- Add all the ingredients starting with the spinach and blueberries to a high-speed blender and blitz until smooth. For about 4-5 minutes.
- Serve in a bowl preferably, since you will need to spoonfeed the smoothie!
- Please see the notes!*
Best consumed straight away, however, you can refrigerate the leftovers.
This smoothie makes about 3 servings. Ideally, give 1/3 cup of smoothie a day to your baby / toddler.
- Prep Time: 2 minutes
- Cook Time: 3 minutes
- Category: Smoothie
- Cuisine: American
- Calories: 87
- Fat: 1
- Carbohydrates: 15
- Fiber: 3
- Protein: 2