Introducing your baby to solid foods is an exciting time. While I was excited to start my daughter on solids I wasn’t excited about the mess from spoon feeding her, nor the processed food options available. To avoid this, we primarily followed the baby-led weaning approach, a term coined by Gill Rapley. The concept is brilliant! It encourages babies to start to feed themselves simple foods from the family’s regular meals. For example, letting baby feed herself a slice of avocado, steamed vegetables, small shreds of chicken, or banana. No mush, spoon feeding, or processed baby foods needed. It allows baby to discover a variety of flavors and is easy to incorporate into the family routine.
While sharing food from my plate worked best most of the time, there were occasions when I wanted to have the convenience of a food pouch without the nutrient dense mush found in the store bought pouches.
I began filling reusable food pouches with a nutrient dense banana and avocado smoothie. Both bananas and avocados are easily digested, high in nutrients required to support baby’s development, and have the perfect balance of fat and carbohydrates for your little one.
This smoothie is easy to make and have on hand for healthy last minute meals or snacks. I make a batch a week and store in the fridge for up to 4 days or freeze until needed. It is my daughter’s favorite food and has been since she was 6 months old. She can consistently feed herself the smoothie pouch with little to no mess. I anticipate her enjoying this smoothie well into her preschool years.
Makes 5 Bana-cado smoothie pouches (5 ounce)
3 ripe bananas
3 ripe avocados
1/4 cup of water
Place all ingredients into a high speed blender. Puree until smooth. Mixture should be thick, yet smooth. Spoon into reusable food pouches (I use 5 ounce pouches). Store in refrigerator for up to 4 days or freeze until needed.
Makes 5 food pouches.
Mixture will be thick, yet smooth
This is WHY we use food pouches
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