cuppow for baby and toddler smoothies

While fruit is good and healthy and sweet, what makes my smoothies really nutrient dense and filling is the kefir or yogurt (probiotics, protein, calcium), egg yolks (essential fatty acids, protein), and coconut oil (medium chain fatty acids, gives good sensation of satiety).  These are all rich and creamy enough to be called milkshakes, yum!

I’ve recently found Cuppow lids for mason jars, they are great for helping babies and toddlers drink smoothies! I love giving my kids smoothies, but until they can drink well from an open cup, it’s been a super messy endeavor. If you’ve ever tried to put a smoothie in a sippie cup with a valve, you know that it’s too thick and doesn’t work.  These lids are marketed to adults for making mason jars into travel mugs, but I really like them for the baby.  You can find them here.

All my smoothie recipes use bananas to sweeten; this works the best if bananas are really ripe with lots of spots before freezing.  Check the reduced for quick sale area of your produce section – you might be able to find them already ripe and ready for the freezer, and with their price discounted!

Unless otherwise noted, just combine everything in the blender all at once and blend.  These are just starting points; adjust to your family’s tastes and preferences!

I add ice to my more rich smoothies to lighten them up a bit. This is just personal preference.

Kefir-Cocoa-Almond Butter

Kefir Cocoa Almond Butter Smoothie

This smoothie is very filling, I’ll add in nutbutters when I’m using a smoothie as a meal.  The banana makes it sweet, the cocoa indulgent.

  • 1-1/2 cups kefir
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons nut butter, preferably from nuts that have been soaked and dehydrated

Strawberry Banana Ice Cream Smoothie

The egg yolks really make the smoothie taste like ice cream.  If you’re using good pastured eggs with bright orange yolks, it will turn the smoothie peach-colored. If members of your family are squeamish about knowing there are raw egg yolks in the smoothie, you could just call it a ‘peach smoothie’ after the color, you know… ;)

Strawberry Banana

  • 1-1/2 cups kefir or yogurt
  • 1/2 cup strawberries, frozen
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 2-3 egg yolks (raw) from pastured chickens

Piña Colada

Blend the kefir or yogurt together with the coconut oil first, this helps prevent ‘coconut oil balls’ from forming.  Add everything else and enjoy!

Plain Banana

This is what we have most days. Again, if we’re squeamish about the raw egg yolk, just emphasize that it’s banana. Bananas are yellow.

  • 1-1/2 cups kefir or yogurt
  • 2 bananas, frozen
  • 2 raw egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil (Buy Coconut Oil here)

Blend the coconut oil and yogurt first to prevent clumping.

Want to make yogurt or kefir? Find what you need to get started here.

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