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It is true that kids will have a manual to train you and not the other way around. The first 15 months of my son's life (he's now 3.5 yrs), I was on top of it. A happy (still is), quiet baby (not so much now), who made it simple by sleeping from 6pm to 6am since age 4 months. I thought to myself: "How easy is this!", " I can have four of them", "what is everyone complaining about?". It was great considering he devoured all the food that I prepared for him, and the fruit dessert after that. And this is what he looked like after a meal!
Thousands of smoothies later (really!), I consider myself a pro at making them. These were loaded meals with a full list of nutrients, proteins, vegetables, the whole spectrum. In fact, Zeno loved his smoothies so much that he would break into a special dance every time the blender was on, and would invite anyone and everyone who was around to join in. Couldn't resist, we would gather around the counter dancing and cheering him on! He still takes three a day in between meals which he started eating again after his two-year hiatus.
Blueberry Pear Smoothie
makes approx. 18 oz.
10 oz. or 1 1/4 cup whole milk, non-homogenized
1 ripe pear, cored and quartered (skin on)
1 cup baby spinach
1/2 cup blueberries
2 Medjool dates, pitted or 1 tbsp date paste (also called baking dates)*
2 tbsp tofu, firm
1 tbsp peanut butter, creamy or crunchy (we will liquify it anyway)
1 tsp wheat grass powder
*You may need to adjust the amount of dates based on the maturity and sweetness of the fruits you're using. Also you can substitute with 1 tbsp Agave Nectar to replace the 2 dates.
Place all ingredients in a high powered blender, turn on high for about 40 seconds or until liquified. Serve cold or lightly warmed depending on your child's preference.