Can my baby drink smoothies?
Yes, you can give your baby smoothies.
Smoothies are a pureed beverage made from fruit or vegetables and a liquid such as milk, yogurt, ice cream or plant-based milk.
It is recommended that babies under 12 months not be given whole milk, but there are other equally delicious and nutritionally rich substitutions such as breast milk, formula, almond milk.
The American Academy of Pediatrics makes the recommendation that your baby should only be given solid food when they are 6-months-old. This should be done in addition to continued breast milk and formula.
Smoothies are a creative way to add nutrition to your baby’s diet. The best part is you can customize them however you like to suit your baby’s taste. Just remember to never use honey!
Honey is a common sweetener used in smoothies. However, it can cause botulism in babies.
Overall, there are many reasons to add smoothies to your baby’s diet:
1. Smoothies are a nutritional powerhouse
Solids like smoothies provide your baby with an additional nutritional source that will help them grow. Smoothies can help your baby’s body in meeting its energy demands.
The right smoothie can provide your now active baby with an additional nutritional source that provides and replenishes energy for their activities. Your baby’s body is growing, so pump it full of healthy nutrients that can be found in a smoothie.
Careful with the fruit juice
Fruit juice does not offer any nutritional benefits for children under 1 or 12 months, should not be given.
However, smoothies are different from fruit juice. They are made out of real fruit and are a puree of the fruit with its nutrients intact. This makes smoothies an ideal source of nutrition for your baby.
2. Gateway to healthier foods
Smoothies are also a delicious way to encourage your baby to eat foods they wouldn’t otherwise want to eat but are healthy for them. You can add food to the smoothie recipe and blend it with all the other ingredients. Done correctly, your baby will never even know it was there!
Smoothies have always been popular but only hit the mainstream recently. They are popular with children and adults alike. They are a thick, creamy blended beverage made from a combination of fruit, vegetables, dairy or plant-based ingredients.
It’s a good idea to get your baby used to different types of textures and a variety of tastes. This can be accomplished with smoothies.
3. Smoothies are limitless
Plant-based kinds of milk are not a suitable replacement for your baby’s formula or breastmilk. It is simply an add-on and will not provide your baby with all the nutrients they can get from breastmilk, formula, or almond milk.
It is recommended to speak to your pediatrician about introducing smoothies to your baby’s diet.
What to include in your baby’s smoothie:
You can make your baby smoothies with a variety of fruit such as apple, pineapple, oranges, tangerines, bananas, strawberries, mangoes, blueberries, and raspberries to name a few.
You can mix them up into a recipe you will love and your baby will love.
Don’t forget the veggies! Get creative!
You can also add vegetables like carrots, sweet potatoes, kiwis, kale, spinach, beets, to name a few.
Smoothies are a time to get creative.
You can also add spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, dill, ginger for an additional flavor your baby will love.
Make sure to check with your baby first on their preferences before your venture off into creativity land.
Remember, if you can’t stomach it, your baby probably can’t either. They get it from you!
Don’t add anything too crazy.
It is important not to get overzealous and exercise when creating your baby’s smoothie. Only put the food your baby would normally eat in the smoothie.
Smoothies contain whole fruit and vegetables that are simply blended and pureed. Therefore, the ingredients in smoothies maintain their nutritional integrity and do not lose nutrition that could be lost in cooking.
This ensures that your baby has an ample supply of nutrients for their growing body. The variation of the ingredients used to make smoothies also ensures that your baby can easily meet a lot of their daily nutritional requirements.
4. Using formula or breastmilk for the liquid base
If your baby is under 12 months, it is best to use formula or breastmilk as the liquid base for their smoothie. Not only is your baby used to it, but it is the best milk during this stage in their development.
Can I add oat milk to my baby’s smoothie?
Oatmilk is a plant-based alternative that can be discussed with your pediatrician. It is tasty and can easily be made at home for your baby to ensure it is preservative-free to reduce the likelihood of compromising your baby’s digestive system.
It is important to remember that your baby’s digestive system is still in its early stages of development and keep this in mind as you offer them new food, especially with smoothies where it might be easy to venture off into uncharted territory.
5. Smoothies are great for babies with low appetites
Children with low appetites enjoy smoothies. This makes them an ideal source of nutrition for a child who does not show much interest in food.
It is important to find the root cause of your child’s distress and work with your pediatrician to heal it so that your child can enjoy food in its different varieties and grow well.
6. Smoothies might help your sick baby.
If your baby is ill, visit your doctor. While you wait for an appointment, add smoothies to their diet to help them keep their energy up. During this time, smoothies will provide your sick baby with a strong source of nutrition (if proper ingredients are used).
7. They are so easy to make!
Smoothies provide the easiest and quickest source of nutrition for your baby. All you need to do is ensure all ingredients are always on hand.
Preparing a smoothie takes less than 5 minutes if ingredients are well-prepared and stored in advance for use. Remember not to keep any fruit or vegetables past their use dates. Always stock up with fresh ingredients.
There are many blenders on the market you can use. Many are baby-focused blenders and food systems that will help you meet your baby’s nutritional needs in a stress-free and enjoyable manner.
Smoothies offer an easy, tasty, and nutritionally-rich addition to your baby’s diet. You can flavor them in ways that your baby will enjoy or buy them ready-made from the store!
What are you waiting for? Time to make a smoothie! Cheers.