I don’t know what your child is like when they’re teething, but mine is a nightmare. And quite honestly, I am not much more pleasant to be around when this is going on. We become a family of monsters every other month now, it’s fantastic. Today started out bad and ended even worse. I went from being woken up at 6 a.m. to refusal to eat any way but nursing, which wouldn’t be a HUGE deal except he’s 10 months old now. He generally receives most of his nutrition through solids or bottles at this point. In other words, strictly nursing doesn’t quite cut it. He’s not eating much which means he’s STARVING… Which also means he WON’T NAP. Oh my goodness. Ever try to entertain an overtired 10 month old who refuses to eat or rest and feel better? It’s exhausting. I almost screamed many a time today. Which isn’t something new by any means, but thankfully hasn’t happened since we started food therapy and Emmett’s eating has… HAD improved. Last time Emmett was refusing to eat and I turned to Facebook for advice, I was given an idea I didn’t get to implement until now… But it is a brilliant one. SMOOTHIES. When your kid isn’t eating because they are indeed teething there is nothing better than a smoothie. Cool and refreshing, it doesn’t put undue pressure on their gums, and you can make the dang thing as healthy or I suppose unhealthy as you want! When Russ and I were on our incredibly healthy “fertility diet” we discovered the art of making healthy yet tasty breakfast smoothies. You get so much nutrition in one little drink, it’s wonderful. And you can make them differently every time so it doesn’t get old. Well, too old. 🙂 So I decided to adapt our little “recipe” to make a baby friendly smoothie that is chuck full of healthy ingredients to get some of the good stuff they’re missing out on by not eating enough, but still sweet enough they’ll actually eat it!
- 1 T. oats
- 1/4 c. yogurt
- 1/4 c. milk (for the little guys I use either pumped breast milk or formula but as they get older you can easily use cow’s milk, coconut, almond, soy, or whatever they prefer!)
- 1 tsp. all fruit jam (acts as a sweetener)
- 2-3 slices frozen banana (we almost always have some banana chunks in the freezer! Just slice up a nice ripe banana, bag it and leave it in the freezer for at least 24 hours)
- 1/4 c. frozen fruit (whatever kind your kiddo likes!)
- 1-2 T. frozen or fresh spinach
- Throw everything in the blender and blend until smooth. This makes quite a bit for the little guy but you can save whatever is left and offer it at the next meal!