baby breakfast…

One of Bjørn’s favorite foods, and also the easiest for us to fill him up with (he will eat a whole bowl of this stuff!) is a yogurt/fruit/oatmeal mix that I have been making for him since he started eating solids…

It’s a simple meal that packs a bunch of healthiness, and tastes great too!  (Yep, I eat it too sometimes!  Usually without the oatmeal for me, but not always!)  Store bought baby yogurt is usually chock full of sugar, just like most regular store-bought yogurts, and I like to know exactly what I’m putting in my baby’s tummy…
This is really more of a method than a recipe, and you can use any fruit you want!  We use bananas a lot (just mash up one banana with a fork!) and another favorite is homemade low-sugar applesauce.  Add a little cinnamon or nutmeg and you’ve got a great treat!!
Baby Breakfast Recipe
Ingredients:
½ cup mashed fruit
¼ cup baby oatmeal
½ cup plain whole milk yogurt
¼ teaspoon cinnamon or nutmeg
Directions:
Mix together well.  Serve!  :o)

mama & baby-friendly smoothie

I am always looking for healthy toddler-friendly foods to serve my son.  And since I don’t like to make more work for myself than necessary (who does?), it’s always a plus if I can enjoy the same foods myself as well!

Now, I have spinach in this smoothie for many reasons.  One reason is that Bjørn and I are both anemic and need all the iron we can get.  But also, why not sneak more veggies in our foods (for him and for me!) as often as we can?!  I promise you won’t be able to tell that it’s in there, and you will be so much healthier for it!

I also use that V8 fruit 100% juice stuff, because again…  I like the added veggies.  But feel free to use whatever juice you have on hand!!

Oh, and if you are using something other than plain yogurt, you can leave out the additional sugar in the recipe.  You won’t need it!

Mama & Baby-Friendly Smoothie Recipe

Ingredients:
1 cup 100% juice
1 cup plain whole-milk yogurt
1/3 cup baby or regular oatmeal (I use baby because of the added iron!)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon sugar, any kind
2 small bananas (or 1 1/2 large), broken into big chunks
1 cup frozen berries
1 cup frozen chopped spinach

Directions:
Place ingredients in order into a blender.  Blend on high until smooth and well combined.  Serve!

This smoothie can be easily made ahead and frozen…  Defrost in the fridge overnight!