I had no idea that as kids get older the harder it is to get them to eat. As a result, I am constantly trying to figure out ways to get my child to eat. He still loves his salty meat like sausage, beef and fish (with plenty of Cajun seasoning), quesadillas, mac n cheese and berries, but everything else is hit or miss. Some days he'll eat broccoli and other days he'll just walk away and then sometimes he'll eat chicken (his previous favorite), but now he usually just feeds it to the dog.
In other words, he can't make up his mind- unless it's made of salt or cheese, of course.
So, when he does eat, I try to really get in the good stuff.
Octavian has been really into smoothies lately. He loves "helping" me dump all the ingredients into the blender and scream when I turn the blender on (I will have no hearing left by the time he goes to college). Since Octavian has been loving mango smoothies (which makes me happy since he eats SO MANY berries) I decided to sneak in a little extra added boost when he wasn't looking.
Avocado and mango go great together and avocado always makes smoothies super creamy! Octavian, whose first food was avocado and loved it, now refuses to touch the stuff (not surprising), but happily drank up his entire cup of smoothie.
Whenever I make smoothies for my child I use full-fat Greek yogurt and whole milk, however when making smoothies for my husband and myself, I love adding plain regular yogurt and vanilla almond milk. Feel free to use what you have on hand. You can sprinkle with nuts, seeds and granola to make it a complete breakfast!
On a completely unrelated note, while at the gym yesterday, a very nice older man who also loves to run struck a conversation with me while we were finishing our runs. Somewhere in the conversation he guessed me to be "in my mid-30's?" After correcting him, "No, not quite 30 yet. I'm close, but I have a couple months to go", I immediately thought, maybe I should start looking at myself in the mirror before I leave the house in the morning. But then I realized how silly that would be and how much energy it would take. Yeah, who has time for that?
Not me. (plus i'm lazy)
Mango Avocado Smoothie
Total Time: 5 minutes
Yield: 2 smoothies
1 1/2 cups frozen mango
1/2 pitted avocado
1 cup low-fat yogurt (plain or vanilla)
1 cup almond milk (or milk of choice)
2 TBSP honey, plus more for serving
Mixed seeds for topping, optional (I used these)
- Place all ingredients except for the mixed seeds in the bowl of a high powered blender. Start low and gradually increase speed, blending until ingredients are smooth and completely blended, approximately 1-2 minutes. Best served immediately.