I am home with a sick Greta today. She woke up in the middle of the night with a fever, so I ran in to school, put together some sub plans, switched with Eric, and came home to a runny nose, feverish, whimpering and hand-pumping toddler. Greta uses a mixture of baby sign language and American Sign Language to communicate her needs. She pumps her hand like she is milking a cow and says, “Peez,” when she wants milk. I am telling you, baby sign language is one of the best things we ever did for our daughter and I recommend that EVERYONE use this communication tool. For the most part, it has prevented meltdowns over the simple things.
So back to her being sick, she still has an appetite but keeps asking for milk, and due to past experiences, I wanted to avoid dairy until her fever subsides. I made this smoothie because it is filling, simple, not sugary, and would hopefully interest her until she forgot about her repeated requests for milk.
I chose frozen berries and peaches because they are two of Greta’s current favorites. I threw in some spinach as hidden greens.
The oats were added for a little filling grain and the ginger for flavor and to prevent a possibly unhappy tummy.
I blended the fruits, spinach, ginger, and oats together with almond milk and orange juice. I am still loving my Baby Bullet and still recommend it to all parents – it doubles as a great compact blender when you are done making baby food purees.
Greta has a cough right now too, so I added in some honey for sweetness and to slow down her coughing. One of the nurses at her doctor’s offices told me to use honey, not cough syrup for her cough. Children below 1 year should never be given honey due to the risk of botulism, a serious form of food poisoning.
The finished product – Greta’s fire fighter cup, or in this case, germ busting smoothie cup and my breakfast smoothie. She loved it and I think it distracted her from her milk hankering. I’m off to find a bagel before she wakes from her nap. Smoothies never hold me over for very long.
Berry Peach Oat Smoothie – makes 1 large serving or 2 smaller servings
1. In a blender, combine 1 cup frozen mixed berries, 4 – 5 frozen peach slices, 1/2 cup frozen spinach, 1/4 cup oats, a sprinkling of ginger, 1 cup almond milk, and a splash or two of orange juice to help blend.
2. Blend until smooth and free of lumps. Garnish with a drizzle of honey.