Smoothies & Resqueeze

resqueezeWhen Hooper was a baby, I was all about the purees. It’d give me great pleasure to see what I could get away with in terms of sneaking vegetables and other healthy foods into his purees. Willy and I giggle now when reminiscing about my salmon and strawberry concoction. Poor kid.
I eventually gave up on the purees and succumbed to doing all sorts of the ridiculous tricks parents do to try to get their kids to eat vegetables. And overtime, I’ve simply accepted the fact that the only vegetables my kids will eat are corn, peas, and carrots. Van is a slightly more adventurous, but not by much in the veggie department.
I hate veggies, so it’s hard for me to bitch about how my kids eat. I started making myself smoothies recently which consist of the same ingredients every time: vanilla yogurt, lots of spinach, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, ground flax seed, and chia seeds.
That’s when it dawned on me that I can reintroduce purees as smoothies. And so, I did.
There have been more hits than misses, though it’s still frustrating when one day they eat the entire thing and then the next they don’t touch it at all. The other issue, for us, was finding a proper way to serve it. A simple cup proved messy and a cup with a straw required me to water it down to make it smooth enough to flow through the straw.
Both boys love the applesauce and puree mixtures that come in the squeeze pouches, so when Resqueeze reached out to me I was so thankful that someone has come up with a solution. 338A5404-8
Things we love about Resqueeze:
-the pouches are dishwater safe
-they come in two sizes (the larger is perfect for my kids)
-my kids like them
-the clear fill line allows you to see how much you’re pouring in
-the bottom ziplock closure is super durable
Resqueeze has been kind enough to offer a 4-pack to one lucky winner. Entering is as easy as doing any of the following and leaving an extra entry for each to increase your chance of winning:
-Visit Resqueeze’s recipe page and tell me which recipe you would like to try
-Follow Resqueeze on Facebook
-Follow Resqueeze on Instagram
Please remember to leave a separate comment for each entry. Good luck. 338A5419-14

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Here’s my latest concoction:

Bowl full of spinach

Cherries

Apple

Strawberries

Broccoli

Blueberries

Butternut Squash

Banana

Mango
And… He liked it. Not sure why he’s picky with everything else, but not his puree… But this mama ain’t asking questions.

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Nearly all of the puree concoctions I make are for breakfast. This one was for lunch. I make just a single serving because the tofu texture changes when refrigerated over night. Here’s what I included:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Organic Tofu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One Kiwi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cherries

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blueberries
He ate it all. Here’s proof:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I used to always push avocados on Hooper. He’s always been in the low percentile for weight and avocados are good for packing on the “good” fat. No matter what recipe I tried, he’d have none of it. I was about to let an avocado go to waste the other morning and thought I’d give it another go. It’s been a while since his last avocado rejection episode. Here’s what I included:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One Avocado

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Strawberries and blueberries

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yes, in case you are wondering I always include a big bowl of spinach for my little popeye

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hooper waiting patiently

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hooper not waiting patiently

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steamed Carrots

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cherries and Banana (I actually used two bananas)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Butternut Squash

And, as always, the result:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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You guessed it, another post about my adventures with puree. Here’s what I made Hooper the other morning. This mixture lasted for four servings and he loved it. It included: 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two kiwis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cherries, Strawberries, Raspberries

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bowl of Spinach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Butternut Squash

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cauliflower

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two Bananas
And, as always, the result:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s Hooper giving me an ovation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Here’s what I made Hooper for breakfast the other morning. I was able to freeze some, so I think this lasted for about 3 or 4 servings. He wasn’t as crazy about this mix as the others, but I think the missing banana is the culprit. Note to self: always include banana. Either way, so long as I add a cheerio with each bite, he’s game. Here’s what I included:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hurry up mom, I’m hungry and I’m going to grab at your legs until you feed me, dammit!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And here’s the result:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And the clean up, compliments of Sarah:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Yes, i have a one-year-old. And before your chin hits to floor, yes, he eats finger foods. But yes, I also puree as much as he’ll allow me to. The truth is, he’ll eat things mixed into puree that he would never touch if made individually. Here’s what I made him this morning:
Two Kiwis…
Two Bananas…
Bowl full of Spinach…
6 baby Zucchini…
Bowl of Mixed Berries…
This particular mix will last for two, maybe three servings. That’s a couple servings of fruit and vegetables in one meal. Around of applause, please. It’s what you do when you have a finicky eater. You do what works. And well, puree still works for us.

How long did you puree your babies food for? Do you have any ideas for mixing in healthy fruits and veggies when this little cutie catches on to his mom’s crazy antics?