Sharing Smoothies

Every morning I make myself a little green love, now that I have a little Cheeky Monkey to share them with it’s even more fun and rewarding!

The below quantities are shared between Tilly and I.

Plum and Arugula (Rocket)

1 Yellow Plum

1 cup of organic Arugula

1/4 cup of purified water

Peach Acai

1 White Peach

1 Pear

1 cup of organic Rocket/Arugula

1/2 packet of organic Acai (frozen)

1/4 cup of purified water

Apple Blueberry

1 organic apple

1/2 cup of frozen organic blueberries

1 Banana

1/2 cup of organic spinach (optional)

1/4 cup of purified water

Method: Cut fruit into quarters, peel and seed. Blend all ingredients and enjoy!

Tips:

For a thicker purĂ©e consistency don’t add water, or reduce to 3-5 tablespoons. I also add organic Rice porridge, which is fortified with Iron (and should be the first food that your baby eats).

I try to use as many organic ingredients as possible, however when not available I peel all fruit that is not organic. Many pesticides reside on the skin of the fruit, so if you are not peeling the fruit I would suggest soaking it before use. This advice of peeling was given to me by a Paediatrician in Italy, where this is commonplace. Also suggested, for both bubs and mum, eating a variety of fruits, to avoid ingesting higher quantities of the same pesticides.

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Tilly is now 5 months old and I started introducing tiny quantities of food from 4 months. People often think it’s too soon, as current WHO guidelines are that infants be breastfed exclusively to 6 months, however there is a huge, increasing body of evidence that suggests introducing solids, in particular allergens (nuts, gluten, lactose) much earlier can decrease the likelihood of developing allergies.

There are different methods of introducing solids and I prefer to blend and offer a fully puréed meal, as I feel it is the safest option.

It is also important to isolate foods when first offering, so that you can ascertain which foods your child may be intolerant to or which foods cause allergy.

These recipes should not be offered until your child has tested these foods individually and should definitely not be offered in place of breastmilk, before 6 months of age.

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