Moderation in all things. It’s sounds like a great mantra to live by. Unfortunately moderation does not come naturally to me. I’m an all or nothing, marathon training or don’t leave the house, months of zero sugar or a whole box of fondant fancies kind of person (all real life examples).
Intrepid Bebe seems to have inherited a similar approach. The following print on her wall described her to a t;
But nutrition is something I have had to learn balance and compromise when it comes to my daughter. Whilst her first year I was adamant about zero refined sugar, organic whenever possible and eating a non processed diet. Now she’s two, it’s about doing what works, what she will eat, trying not to make food a big issue for battle ground. But at the same time, she is growing so rapidly, both in statue and skill. I would like for her to be powered by the good stuff as opposed to purely hula hoops.
They aren’t a groundbreaking concept, but I find smoothie really help me kick nutritional goals without the heartache. And it really takes the pressure off in a day if she’s being picky with food that I know she’s had her smoothie worth of mineral and vitamin boost.
I was fortunate to already have a Vitamix, which is so brilliant for turning pretty much anything to liquid in second. But unlike a juicer, it maintains all the veggie/fruit, and thus all the goodness.
My daughter loves the process of getting the ingredients from the fridge and putting them into the Vitamix. She often helps herself to cucumber or grapes as we go.
I buy the green juice boxes every other week from Able and Cole as its a hassle free way to have high quality Organic veg ready to go. But you really can throw most things in. Especially berries which are looking a little tired or slightly wilted greens.
Today’s recipe was-
Coconut water (around a cup)
Handful of Kale
Large handful of Spinach
10 red grapes
Large chunk of cucumber
This made two good glasses full. Add more or less liquid depending how thick you like it. And water is fine if you have no coconut water handy.
My daughter seems to enjoy the green colour, but if your little ones are a bit suspicious add some mixed frozen berries. You can also include half an apple, a few dates or a frozen banana to sweeten it up. Kale/banana/pineapple is another favourite for us.
Turmeric, ginger, mint and organic greens powder all make super boost additions but perhaps introduce flavours if your children aren’t used to them.
If you’re looking to add some extra calories to make it more filling; avocado, oats, coconut milk, or nuts work well.
Pretty much anything goes, I would say less in more (sometimes I have made the mistake of throwing too many different flavours in the mix). If you have any recipe suggestions, I’d love to hear!