Toddler Green Smoothies

It’s been about a week since I’ve started us, ‘T’ included, on Green Smoothies. Both Rajiv and I are trying to kick the morning caffeine and replace it with a much healthier option. They are super healthy, excellent for the immune system and what better way to get ALL the nutrition and fibre from the greens and fruits than consuming it raw? Also, with ‘T’ slowly transitioning to the food we eat, this medley of greens puts to rest my concerns over whether or not he’s getting enough out of his diet.

There are several benefits of consuming green smoothies. Apart from being packed with nutrition, they are said to be a great source of non-dairy calcium, magnesium and Vitamin C and are a huge booster to the immune system too!

So I am only too glad to start him off on a smoothie a day. I’ve started with smaller amounts and shall gradually increase the quantity.

There are a few precautions I’d recommend while starting your LO on a raw smoothie:

  • Thoroughly wash the greens and fruits in diluted vinegar and water or potassium permanganate crystals dissolved in water. Be careful while using the crystals. You need only a VERY LITTLE amount. The washing will ensure there is no pesticide residue or bacteria on the food. Read more on washing your veggies with potassium permanganate.
  • Start with the easiest combinations. The ones you know will work. I started with spinach and banana in water as a base. One fruit or veg at a time will also help you rule out any possible food allergies.
  • Start with smaller quantities first and increase gradually.

Here’s a little chart I’ve put together on how to fix your toddler a Green Smoothie

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Food Groups & Portions Classification

I’ve been wanting to make this entry for a while now and I am glad I’ve finally put it up.

How often have we mums struggled to figure out what portions of food to offer to our toddlers? Especially when their need for food can range from ‘endless pit’ to ‘don’t even want to look’! I am almost always wondering about the portion sizes to offer to T. Though as a thumb rule I don’t force him to eat. I figured if he’s hungry he will eat it, if not I’ll try again later. I don’t particularly go about presenting him with several options unless he is sick or there is a genuine reason for me to ‘cave in’.

A report on the infanttoddlerforum.org states that ‘Parents can be reassured that when young children eat a variety of foods in amounts within the range of portion sizes recommended, they are eating adequately. Knowing that the small portion sizes of some foods at the lower end of the ranges are adequate can reassure parents who worry that their young children are not eating enough of certain foods.’  Now thats comforting to know isn’t it?

Here’s a portions to age chart I’ve put together after a little research. I try my best to give him all the food groups in a day. Though, may not be in the same serving sizes mentioned. But then again each child is different and the amount they eat will vary from day to day!

How do you manage your toddler’s food portions? I’d Love to know.

Thank you for reading.

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