Go Bananas!

Recently I’ve started making Sweet Baby smoothies. We are still having issues with Sweet Baby’s tongue being in the posterior position. His occupational therapist suggested drinking smoothies through a straw, that way when he drinks his tongue will learn to draw in. This new addition has been welcomed. Yesterday I made him a pineapple and papaya smoothie. He really enjoyed that. This morning I made him a peanut butter and banana smoothie. He drank that down fast! I split the recipe in half but go to All-in-Son’s for the full recipe. Photo and recipe courtesy of All-in-son’s.

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  • 1/2  cup vanilla yogurt
  • 1 banana
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon honey, more or less to taste

Instructions

  1. Pour all of the ingredients in a blender, then blend until smooth. Add more honey if you want it slightly sweeter, more ice if you want it a little thinner.
  2. If you prefer to use an immersion blender like we do, pour the ingredients into the “blending beaker” or a tall glass. Blend until smooth.
  3. This makes at least 2 servings. Thick, rich, filling servings. You could easily cut it in half and still have plenty to feed to kids.
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Sweet Baby’s 1st Birthday Party

I can’t believe my Sweet Baby is going to be a year old tomorrow. How a year can go so fast! It makes me sad that he’s a year old (makes me wanna start working on baby number 2!). We had his birthday party yesterday. It was be a small intimate gathering with family. My parents, my in-laws, my brother & his fiancée and some family friends. Sweet Baby was rather grumpy and wasn’t happy to see a tiny apartment full of people to see him. He cried most of time through the opening of presents and didn’t eat much dinner. We had White Enchilada Chicken dish and Carne Asada, they sell at Costco. I know mexican food in December-but it was easy, quick & yummy.  Hubby and I didn’t want to give Sweet Baby a cake packed with sugar. We are trying to do what we feel is best for him. We are trying to mold his eating habits into better than ours. Since joining weight watchers, it has caused me to more conscious about what I’m putting in my body. And his. I found a recipe from Our Haven Hill for a Healthy Smash Cake. I must’ve done something wrong with the frosting-because mine didn’t look anything like the pictures. Mine was runny, her’s is thick. Check out the website for the recipe. He did enjoy it! I think if I could do it again though, I would’ve made my normal banana cake recipe because the way this baked up was odd. I’m assuming it’s because it didn’t have eggs. But regardless he loved it. Against my wishes-my husband purchased (a very yummy) cake from Whole Foods. I didn’t want a different cake for us because I didn’t want to hear the comments about us eating this cake why can’t Sweet Baby. But hubby didn’t want banana cake for everyone else and he was the first to crack a joke about irony. He is only a year old-he will have plenty of time to stuff himself with sugar. Yes call us Quaker-tree-huggers because we don’t want hop Sweet Baby up on sugar.

His theme was Cookie Monster. Which can be surprisingly hard to find just cookie monster, but we did pretty good. Party City had good options. We had a cookie monster: napkins, bib and hats! I hung his monthly pictures up on a blue ribbon and attached the photos with baby clothes pins. It was so cute and was so fun seeing photos of him growing. We still have them hanging up and I love looking at them, so they may be there for a while. It was a lot of fun gathering with family and friends and celebrating my precious, Sweet Baby. I do wish he would’ve been in a better mood, but he was still just so cute!

Vegetables of Kings

I know I don’t feed Sweet Baby enough veggies. He mostly eats: avocados, bananas, sweet potatoes and butternut squash. Sometimes I purchase frozen peas or green beans and cook those for him. I know I need to feed him more veggies. Like carrots, spinach and recently discovered I can give him asparagus. I love asparagus. I love it baked with olive oil, salt & garlic. Hmmm yummy. But I didn’t know if that would be the best way to serve it to Sweet Baby. Gotta love the internet. I can come to it with my questions and bam! I have answers. I searched, ‘how to make asparagus into baby food.’ I found a great website with a few ideas on how to make some yummy recipes. But the simplest way was to steam them then puree them. That was easy enough. I had purchased the thin ones so they were steamed in like 3 minutes. If they are thicker, steam them for 8 minutes. I mixed my asparagus with some fruit so I wouldn’t completely shock his system. 😉 He loved them. His first bite he did look at me funny. Then he smiled and gave his approval, ‘geee’ sound. I made it a second time but I didn’t have the right asparagus/fruit mixture because he didn’t want to eat it. Asparagus is very high in anti-oxidants and also a particularly rich source of folate. You’ll probably remember being urged to take folic acid supplements (the synthetic form of folate) during pregnancy, because it helps protect against birth defects. But folate continues to be good for your baby as it promotes heart health and helps the body both produce and maintain new cells.Asparagus also helps maintain a healthy gut. This is because it contains inulin, a substance that it is not digested and moves to the large intestine, where it provides food for all the ‘good’ bacteria living there! This helps the ‘good’ bacteria grow and flourish, promoting a healthy digestive system. What’s more, asparagus – which offers protection against serious conditions like heart disease and cancer and contains many vitamins!

Check out this website for some more yummy baby food recipes using asparagus, Homemade Baby Food Recipes

Uses for a Garlic Press

My husband was very proud of himself for discovering another use for the garlic press. We were making Sweet Baby breakfast-instant oatmeal his new favorite. I had purchased apples at the store and we wanted to use them before they went bad. Not to mention an apple a day keeps the doctor away. After googling how to make apples into baby food I discovered you have to cook the apples. Now Sweet Baby has no patience when its time to eat. You better have it ready quick or you’ll hear squawking and he’ll start arching his back. I always wonder if he thinks we ever won’t feed him. I told the hubby, “We don’t have time to cook these, He is hungry now.” We thought about chopping them up in tiny pieces but with the loud squawking of Sweet Baby my husband came up with another idea. He peeled the apple cut into cube sizes and pushed them through the garlic press. He smiled, “Put that on Pinterest (I’m always bragging about what I find on Pinterest).” It was perfect because it made the apple into really small pieces and not to mention I got some apple juice out of it! I’ve used the garlic press three other times for the apple. It was nice adding another flavor to Sweet Baby’s oatmeal and he enjoyed it. I even put a hint of cinnamon in it as well. Yum delish! 
 
xo xo

What’s Sweet Baby Eating?

Sweet Baby is so much like his Poppa. He LOVES to eat. The other day he ate two whole sweet potatoes at lunch. He has many favorite foods, like banana and avocado. That is my go to meal-so quick to make for the little guy. He usually won’t eat avocado alone but he loves it banana. Or the other day he tried it mixed with tomatoe & carrots. My hubby said tasted like guacamole. He also loves sweet potatoes! As I type his butternut squash is being cooked in the oven for dinner. I was surprised at how healthy butternut squash is! Also little did I know it’s acutally a fruit, because it has seeds. Butternut squash are low in fat and delivers an ample dose of dietary fiber. It provides significant amounts of potassium, important for bone health, and vitamin B6, essential for the proper functioning of both the nervous and immune systems. It has folate contents which help guard against brain and spinal-cord-related birth defects such as spinal bifida. I’ll remember this when I’m pregnant with baby number 2!  It’s also a supporter of healthy lung development in fetuses & newborns. With only a 1-cup serving, you get nearly half the recommended daily dose of antioxidant-rich vitamin C. I’m awful at picking produce.

Here is instructions on How to buy: Choose an unblemished fruit that feels heavy for its size with a matte, rather than glossy skin. A shiny exterior indicates that the fruit was picked too early, and it won’t be as sweet as a fully grown squash. Most winter squash is available late into the fall. Store whole butternut squash in a cool, dry place (not the refrigerator) with plenty of ventilation; it should keep for up to three months. Cut squash will stay fresh for up to a week, wrapped in the fridge.

Here are instructions on How to cook Butternut Squash or Sweet Potatoes (or Winter, Acorn Squash).

  1. Rinse the outer skin, and place sweet potatoes whole (prick the skin with a fork to help them “breathe” while cooking)/squash in half (cut side down in a glass pan) in a 425 degree oven for about 45-55 minutes or until squishy.
  2. Peel the skin off the sweet potatoes/scoop the squash out of the skin and place in a food processor and puree. If the mixture is not creamy enough, add some formula, breast milk or my favorite, boiled water until the consistency is right
  3. Save some of the food puree for your sweet pea to taste during his/her next meal and freeze the rest in an ice cube tray
  4. After the trays of puree are completely frozen, pop out the cubes and store in a marked freezer bag.
  5. When you are ready, put the number of cubes you wish to thaw either in the refrigerator overnight or in the microwave to cook immediately. If you are going out for a play date or will be on-the-go, put them in a small Tupperware for easy transport.

Source for nutritional benefits on butternut squash

Source for how to cook butternut squash.

Baby Cakes

I was recently on Pinterest wasting precious nap time away did I come across this blog: Family Feedbag. It had a recipe for homemade Baby Cakes for her 9-month-old son who was teething and always seems to have the munchies. I have yet to try the recipe because my Sweet Baby hasn’t got any teeth and at his 9-month check up I will check if he can have these without teeth. Below is the recipe but check out her blog she has some amazing things on there.

1 128 ml (4.5 fl oz) jar of strained prunes baby food
1 egg
2 tbsp canola oil
1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
While my oven preheated to 375 degrees (F), I emptied the jar of prunes into a large mixing bowl and added the egg and canola oil, mixing well. In a separate small mixing bowl, I mixed the flour, baking soda and cinnamon. The dry ingredients were gradually added to the wet ingredients, mixing well to form a ball of dough.
Using a floured rolling pin, I rolled out the dough on a floured surface to a 1/2-inch thickness. Using a sharp knife, I cut away the edges to leave myself a large rectangle. Then I cut smaller rectangles, about 1-inch by 3-inches, and dotted them with a fork in the centre. The scraps were balled and rolled out again until I had about two dozen baby cakes.
I put the baby cakes on a parchment lined cookie sheet, about an inch apart, and popped them in the oven for 15 minutes until golden and puffy. They cooled on a wire rack.
All photos were used off the blog of Family Feedbag-I am not claiming ownership of either the recipe or the photos.