The title says, “Recipe: Baby Food Smoothies.” Please don’t quit reading. I know it sounds a bit “childish”, but hang on to your preconceived notions a bit longer, and then decide. Baby food is just mushy stuff, right? What is actually in baby food. Not much really. No salt, no added sugars, no fillers, and no artificial color or flavors. It’s pretty much just good stuff. That’s why we feed it for our precious little lambs. But why stop with the kids? Let’s use this good stuff!
Now I LOVE smoothies. My sister-in-law got me started on them when I was pregnant with Baby #1, and I was always hungry. She said, “Try a smoothie. They fill you up with good stuff and not the bad stuff.” I have been hooked ever since. My kids are hooked also. We almost always have smoothies with Mexican meals as they cut the heat, and classify as a “fruit and vegetable”. (My kids don’t put enough lettuce on their Mexican food for it to count as even 1/8 of a veggie serving. And “forgettah-bout” any tomatoes!)
My Hunni also doesn’t “do” the yellow vegetables. You know squash and squish and stuff. He will only eat two yellow vegetables–pumpkin in a pie and mango in a smoothie. Ergo, I serve him a lot of mango smoothies as I heart him, and want his heart to stay healthy for a long, long, time.
I love mangos! I love their color. I love there taste. And I love their vitamin punch. I don’t like their price tag. If I can get mangos for a dollar, then I buy eight or so, let them ripen, and then cut and freeze them.
And now I have yes sir, yes sir three (freezer) bags full of very delicious yellow mangos. (Add a lot of Fruit Fresh to keep them that beautiful yellow color.)
Great! However, here in Michigan, mangoes aren’t available for $1.00 very often. That’s when I grab some jars of baby food. They have several combinations of fruits. I like Bananas and Strawberries, Banana and Blackberries, Banana Orange Medley, and many single fruits like Peaches, Bananas, or Mango. (Mango is one of the few fruits that has rice cereal added. It won’t kill you, and you can’t taste it in a smoothie.)
I never have followed a recipe for a smoothie, but here are my general guide lines.
- If I don’t use frozen fruit, then I add ice cubes.
- Yogurt (usually vanilla)
- Fruit –frozen, fresh, or jars of baby food
- Concentrate. Usually I use a couple of spoonfuls of orange juice concentrate, lemon juice concentrate or a fresh squeezed lemon/lime, or cranberry syrup.
- Sweetener–honey or sugar
- Liquid–usually water, but sometimes apple juice, orange juice, etc. . .
Put everything in the blender. If you are like me, I ALWAYS overfill my blender and it drips out the side while blending. I haven’t learned yet. Serve in a tall glass with a straw to the anticipating munchkins.
I photographed a couple of smoothie combinations. Enjoy my messy concoctions.
In this smoothie, I used both fresh strawberries, some frozen pineapple, and baby food.
Add the vanilla yogurt. Pioneer Woman left the tops on her strawberries, so I now do also.
Don’t forget the baby food.
Add some concentrate. Here I am using Orange Juice Concentrate.
Add some ice and some water.
Please don’t judge me on the amount of sugar I use.
Blend all that goodness together.
Serve up and enjoy.
The possibilities are endless. Here’s an easy Blackberry, Banana, Strawberry Smoothie. I just used strawberry yogurt, ice, water, and Blackberry-Banana Gerber baby food.
Let me know if you hit on a winning combination.
Now, do you still think that baby food is just for babies? Or do you think you just discovered a little known secret to make your life easier, healthier, and Oh, so delicious.
P.S. It works better to put the ice cubes in first.
P.P.S. I prefer to sweeten the smoothies with honey, but this family just polished off $45.00 of local honey in a matter of 3 weeks. Regular, old, refined, white sugar is going to have to work for a while.