Baby-Led Weaning, Recipes

isla’s favorite smoothies

favorite toddler smoothiesIsla has a smoothie nearly every day. For breakfast, as a snack or, when she’s teething, all day long. Since she’s been rejecting whole vegetables lately (except for peas), I find smoothies are the best way to sneak them into her diet. My base is almost always whole milk yogurt and I prefer to use whole milk instead of juice if I need more liquid to cut the thickness (though I do occasionally use apple juice, apple cider or OJ). She loves spinach, carrots, pumpkin and avocado, and I add any additional fruits I can get my hands on (we always have bananas in the house and I grab whichever frozen fruits are on sale at the time). I use an immersion blender so they’re quick and easy to make, and they’re great for on-the-go. Plus, they’re filling and packed with all the vitamins and nutrients she needs.

Here are a few of our favorite smoothie combinations. All of these recipes make approximately 16 ounces (Isla drinks five to eight ounces at a time) and the measurements are approximate (I wing it a lot). (Note: frozen fruits add thickness so you’ll usually need a liquid).

Avocado, Berry, Pineapple Smoothie with Honey (pictured above)
1 cup plain whole yogurt
1/2 cup whole milk
1 tbsp honey (if baby is under one skip this)
1/2 avocado
6-7 frozen strawberries
6-7 frozen pineapple pieces

Spinach, Apple, Peach Smoothie
1 cup plain whole yogurt
1/2 cup apple juice or cider
handful fresh baby spinach
1/2 granny smith apple (peeled)
6-7 frozen peach slices

Banana, Peanut Butter, Berry Smoothie
1 cup plain whole yogurt
1 tbsp peanut butter
1 banana
handful of frozen blueberries
6-7 frozen strawberries
(optional: handful of fresh baby spinach or tbsp honey)

Carrot, Apple, Pineapple smoothie
1 cup plain whole yogurt
1/2 cup apple juice or cider
1 peeled, shredded carrot
1 banana
6-7 frozen pineapple pieces
1/2 granny smith apple (peeled)

Spinach, Banana, Peach/Mango/PineappleSmoothie
1 cup plain whole yogurt
handful fresh baby spinach
1 frozen banana
6-7 frozen peach, pineapple or mango pieces (or a combo of these)

Kiwi, Strawberry Smoothie
1 cup plain whole yogurt
1/2 cup water
1 banana
1 kiwi (peeled)
6-7 frozen strawberries
(optional: handful blueberries or fresh baby spinach)

Pumpkin, Banana Smoothie (makes 16 oz):
1/2 cup plain, vanilla or banana yogurt
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup canned pumpkin
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
dash of ginger
1 frozen banana

I’m going to start adding things like zucchini, almond milk and flaxseed, too.

What are your favorite smoothie combos?

Style

tomboy days + a blog update

feeling like a tomboy | reallyrisaWhen I was little, my older sister used to steal my G.I. Joes, take their heads off, put them in soda bottles and bounce them on our trampoline until I cried. Sisters, right? It was no secret that as a kid I had some tomboy in me. I enjoyed a good neon zebra print blouse as much as the next Madonna-obsessed girl, but most of the time I dressed like a boy, wanted to play with the boys and, more importantly, wanted to steal their toys. This all makes the fact that I’m now the girliest sister (out of four) pretty amusing. You see, I was grounded a lot. And by a lot I mean most of my childhood. I think I already told you about that time my mom grounded me to my room for several hours, leaving me alone with my Bedazzler. She came to relieve me from my punishment only to find I had transformed every piece of denim I owned into beautiful, jeweled works of art. When I got older, I retired the Bedazzler and spent my hours of punishment applying makeup and curling my hair (and obsessing over the hundreds of Leonardo DiCaprio pictures I had cut out of magazines and taped to my walls). And long gone were my tomboy days. So what I’m getting at here is, isn’t it funny how something as simple as getting dressed can bring back all these crazy childhood memories? This outfit from Sunday is my adult version of my tomboy days.

And now a blog update. See anything different? Take a peek at the image below and you’ll remember. I made some updates to the design of the blog to provide better functionality and, most importantly, make this place mobile friendly. So many of my favorite blogs don’t have mobile sites, which drives me crazy when I’m trying to read their posts on my phone, so it seemed like a good time to update my own. When my friend Susan, of Letter19Design, helped me design the new layout a few years ago I remember thinking that I’d get to the mobile piece later, not realizing the design we were laying out wasn’t going to transition that easily. So here we are. A slightly updated logo, a similar but cleaner layout, category listings at the top of each post and a top menu bar that also works on the mobile page so you can peruse by category, connect on social media and search the site easily. I hope you enjoy the new look. If you’re reading this on a desktop I hope you’ll also check things out on your mobile. I’d love to know what you think and if there’s anything you really like or that you think could be improved (the comment bubble can be found next to the social icons at the bottom of the post).

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tomboy days | reallyrisa{Madewell sweatshirt + jeans; ASOS coat; Acacia scarf; Gap hat (similar on sale); Sam Edelman booties (on sale); NARS “Never Say Never” velvet matte lip pencil}

Baby

twelve months of isla

baby's first year in 12 monthly photosIt’s amazing how much they grow in just 12 months! When I look at these photos of Isla next to each other I can hardly believe my eyes. What a difference a year makes. These monthly photo shoots were so fun for me and I hope some day she’ll enjoy looking back at them as much as I do. I originally just wanted at least one good photo of Isla on the love seat because there are baby photos of me sitting on it, too, but she had so much fun smiling for the camera and being a ham that I probably have hundreds of photos from each of these shoots. It was hard to narrow them down, but these are 12 of my favorites.