Top 3 On-The-Go Feeding Tips Featuring Yummy Spoon 

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Top three on the go baby feeding tips | the only baby feeding tool that you need | baby essentials | The Crispy MamaAnyone else’s diaper bag weigh more than their kid? (Hand-Raise!) Seriously, why do the smallest people require the most stuff?! With all of the junk that we have to carry around for our little ones, the last thing I want to do is lug around baby food containers, in a cooler, with spoons and bibs, and on and on and on. Then there’s nowhere to warm it up, and that temperamental little thing doesn’t like cold food today. He needs room temperature food today or he’ll lose it. Then he gets carrots everywhere, right before you have to go to a play date, and you know that other mom is secretly judging you. Ughhh, she probably thinks I never do laundry or bathe my child. Seriously, feeding babies on-the-go can be a pain in my big fat mom ass. Liam has gotten to that phase where he gets jealous when we’re eating and he’s not, so simply giving him a bottle and skipping the food isn’t always an option. I’m glad he’s so interested in food. I want him to be an adventurous eater, but sometimes pulling out and setting up all of the baby feeding paraphernalia is a real hassle. BUT! That being said, I’ve found a few simple things that make it easier.

Top 3 On-The-Go Baby Feeding Tips

  1. Light/Neutral Colored Foods! What do you think is going to show up more on your kiddo’s white shirt? A banana or carrots and spinach? (Why the hell did I put this white shirt on him today?!) Bingo! Go for the bananas, apples, pears, potatoes, you get the idea. Luckily, these turn out to be some of Liam’s favorite foods and seem to be baby crowd pleasers in general. Speaking of clothes…
  2. Patterened Shirts For Mom! Same idea here. That big ol baby food stain from when your kiddo raspberry’s a big mouthful at you is way less likely to be noticed on a patterned shirt than a pristine white blouse. Seriously, just shove all of your white shirts into the back of your closet until your kids can feed themselves.
  3. Yummy Spoon! Yummy Spoon is seriously one of the coolest baby gadgets that I’ve found. It has won Baby Product of the Year over lots of products from much bigger companies. It’s patent pending. It’s awesome. The whole thing is made of soft silicone, so all you do is open the top, toss in something soft, like a banana, squish it up, and the mashed food comes out of the spoon tip at the bottom. Seriously, brilliant. It has a handy-dandy clip to attach it to your diaper bag. It’s also super simple to clean. Just open the top, run some kid safe soap and water through it, rinse, dry, and you’re done. The spoon tip is softer than the baby spoons that we normally use, which I like. When Liam is sitting in my lap, his own chair, etc, I prefer the softer spoon so that he can’t gag himself with it while he’s wiggling around. As he gets older, I’ll be able to put bananas, avocados, peanut butter, whatever in the spoon and give it to Liam to feed himself.

What do you think of the Yummy Spoon? Check them out here.

Xoxo,

The Crispy Mama

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What To Do When Your Baby Hates Bath Time


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Bath time has been a bit of a roller coaster in our house. In the beginning, Liam absolutely hated it. I mean, screamed from start to finish. This was during the time that we could only give him sponge baths (until his umbilical cord fell off). When we could finally bathe him in his little tub, his feelings toward bath time improved a little bit, but not 100%. Listening to him cry the whole time made me feel like a real mean Mama. I was stuck between not wanting to upset him, but also wanting to keep a consistent bedtime routine for him. I liked the idea of bath time being right before bed because it’s a very concrete event that indicates to him that bedtime is close. Finally after some trial and error, we figured out why he felt the way that he did about his baths, and now he absolutely LOVES it. He spends the whole time splashing and kicking and playing with his boats. Now, he only cries when we take him out of the bath.

First things first, try to consider why your baby might get so upset during bath time. For Liam, it turned out that the biggest problem was that he was cold. We were bathing him in our bathroom, which is a lot bigger and takes a lot longer to warm up with the heater. Switching to the much smaller guest bathroom helped immensely. He was like a whole new baby. We also started bringing his lotion, clean diaper, diaper cream, and pajamas into the bathroom with us so we could get him ready for bed and dressed without bringing him out into the colder part of the house at all. This worked for us but there could be any number of other reasons. Consider these possibilities.

Time Of Day

Could you be bathing baby too late at night when they are already tired and grumpy? We moved Liam’s bath time up by about an hour and this helped. It also helped us to get him into bed at an earlier time, which improved his sleep. We try to bathe him right after he wakes up from his last nap of the day so he isn’t ready for bed and grumpy. If moving bath time up by an hour or two isn’t an option for you, try bathing baby in the morning instead of at night. Some babies are relaxed by a bath and some are wound up by them, so it’s worth a try.

Room Temperature

Like I already mentioned, the bathroom being too cold was really a cause for a Liam-meltdown. We turn the bathroom heater on about an hour before bath time. It’s really uncomfortably warm for us, but he loves it. Whatever keeps the kiddo happy, ya know?

Water Temperature

Could the water be too hot? Too cold? In general, it should be cooler than what would be comfortable for you, but not so cold that it’s uncomfortable for them. Handy dandy bath water thermometers are helpful for that.

Bath Toys

Make bath time more fun! For newborns, this doesn’t apply as much. Now that he is a little older, Liam loves playing with his little boats and splashing around. For younger babies, try singing or talking to them during bath time to keep it fun instead of stressful.

Lighting

Turn the lights down to help baby relax. If you don’t have a dimmer in your bathroom, try using a lamp instead of harsh overhead lights.

If All Else Fails, Get In!

In the beginning, I would always get in the bath with Liam, mostly out of convenience. He couldn’t sit up well, so he would slip down in his little bathtub, plus once I was done bathing him, Daddy would take him out and dry him off and I would take my bath. Now, if he seems a little grumpy before bath time, I’ll get in with him and he stays so calm and relaxed.

As they get older, your babe should enjoy bath time more and more (until they turn into stinky, rebellious tweens, but cross that bridge when you come to it). In the meantime, trying these simple tips could help you figure out why your baby is fighting bath time so much.

Does your babe love bath time or hate it? Have you tried something else that helped? Share in the comments!

Xoxo,

The Crispy Mama


International Children’s Book Day With Chicory and Roux

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International Children's Book Day With Chicory and Roux via The Crispy MamaI had this incredible art teacher throughout elementary and high school. She truly believed in the importance of art in kid’s lives, and I couldn’t agree with her more. She also wasn’t afraid to call me out on my shit, and I was a well known bullshitter as a kid. (My fiancé would tell you that I still am today, but don’t listen to him.) I didn’t realize it at the time, but she was easily one of the most real people I would ever encounter in that school. I still keep up with her on various social media today and recently discovered that she had illustrated a new children’s book, Chicory and Roux: The Creole Mouse and the Cajun Mouse, written by Todd Michael St. Pierre. Books were such a big part of my childhood, and now reading to my own son is one of my favorite ways to spend time with him. We’re trying to encourage him to love books as much as I do while he’s still young, so we read stories a few times every day. When trying to decide which book focus on for International Children’s Book Day, Chicory and Roux: The Creole Mouse and the Cajun Mouse kept coming to mind. I ordered a copy and patiently waited for it to arrive. When it finally got here, Liam and I snuggled up in our rocking chair and cracked it open. While he’s still to young to really understand a story, he loved the pictures and was getting a kick out of Mama reading to him in funny little “mouse voices” (I probably just sounded like a lunatic, but he liked it. Anything to make our kids smile, amiright?!). Having grown up in Louisiana all my life, this book totally feels like home. The story is precious and the illustration is amazing.

I reached out to my teacher to get a few words on the book from herself and the author.

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What It’s About: Chicory the city mouse would never dream of leaving her home in New Orleans—until she falls asleep in a picnic basket and wakes up in the country swamps. There she meets Roux, a country mouse, and together they experience the simple Cajun life before returning to the big city for a taste of Creole culture. Will these new friends trade in their old lives, or will they just have to agree to disagree? In this Southern retelling of Aesop’s classic fable, Chicory and Roux celebrate the different flavors of their cultures and learn that, sometimes, where you are is exactly where you’re supposed to be! Whimsical illustrations and two original songs make this a story you won’t forget—after all, two mice are twice as nice!

About The Author: Todd-Michael St. Pierre is the author of several cookbooks and children’s books rooted in Southern themes. He has served as a judge for The Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest and has developed recipes for Cooking Light magazine. An avid Cajun and Creole cook, dedicated gardener, lifelong cat lover, and proud Louisianian, St. Pierre considers himself part Creole mouse and part Cajun mouse.

About The Illustrator: With a lifelong desire to be an artist, Lee Brandt Randall graduated from Louisiana State University with a bachelor of fine arts in printmaking. She continued to nurture this passion by working in freelance graphic design, film animation, and book illustration, in addition to teaching private art lessons for children and adults. A member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Randall continues to teach and in her spare time enjoys jazz, cooking, and puppet making.


What books did you read for International Children’s Book Day? Share in the comments!

Xoxo,

The Crispy Mama



Hello Little Monsters Reusable Food Pouches Giveaway! (Plus Apple Pie Baby Food Recipe)

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Hello Little Monsters Reusable Food Pouches Giveaway | Organic Apple Pie Baby Food Recipe | via The Crispy MamaAfter seeing one too many moldy baby food pouch horror stories (yuck!), I decided that store bought food pouches weren’t for us and I would just make all of Liam’s food myself instead. While I enjoy making his food (it’s so easy and so much cheaper), sometimes bringing the food, the bib, the spoon, and all of the other paraphernalia with us on-the-go just isn’t an option. When I discovered these Hello Little Monsters Reusable Food Pouches, I was sold. Then they came in the mail and I was sold all over again. They’re a great size, easy to fill, and they’re dishwasher safe (major mom-win!). The Little Monster buddies on the front of the pouches are fun and brightly colored. I gave Liam an empty pouch to play with while I filled another with food and he was having a ball playing with it and looking at the monsters.

I whipped up some Apple Pie Baby Food and was able to pour it straight from the pouch to the bowl. We gave them a try and Liam was seriously into it. He tends to get really impatient when eating with a spoon because I can’t get the food from the bowl to his mouth fast enough for him. The pouches totally eliminate that problem. The food is readily available to him as quickly as he would like it (which is pretty quick, the boy doesn’t mess around when it comes to food). He made quite a mess with it, but that isn’t really a problem for me. I always strip him down before feeding him. I try to encourage him to have fun while eating and to be independent, and that tends to get pretty messy with or without a spoon. The Double Zipper closure on the pouch was easy for me to open and close, but not so easy that his little fingers could open it.

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The final test was the most important test for me. The cleaning test. For the sake of science, I chose to was one pouch in the dishwasher and one by hand. The verdict is that both ways work great. The whole bottom of the pouch opens up, making them easy to get into by hand without the need for a special bottle brush. I worried that in the dishwasher, the pouch would close itself and not get clean on the inside, or that the heat from the dishwasher would ruin it. I could not have been more wrong. It came out spotless and still in perfect condition.

We brought one of the pouches on-the-go to Maw Maw’s house. It didn’t bust open in the diaper bag and the cap stayed tight. He still loved eating from it, and Maw Maw was ever-so-impressed with how cute and convenient they were.

Sound like something you need for your little one? You’re in luck! I have one set of six Hello Little Monsters Reusable Food Pouches to give away to one of YOU! To enter, head over to my Instagram page, like the giveaway photo, and follow me. For extra entries, you can tag a friend (one name per comment), like my Facebook page, or repost the photo (just be sure to tag me in the photo so I can find it!). The winner must have their Instagram profile set to public at the time of the giveaway, be at least 18 years of age, and live in the Continental United States. The giveaway ends Sunday, April 2 at 11:59 pm CST. (Note that this giveaway is in no way sponsored by or endorsed by Instagram or Facebook.)


That Apple Pie Baby Food mentioned earlier sound good? I thought so too. I’ve mentioned my love of pie before. I seriously have a birthday pie every year instead of a birthday cake. As one of those weird people who finds cake and icing disgusting, pie is where it’s at for me. One of my favorites has always been some good ol’ homemade apple pie. Mmmm. It always reminds me of Thanksgiving at my parent’s house. After having a craving for some apple pie last week, I was eager to find a way to make something similar for Liam with no added sugar. Apples are always a hit with him and Apple Pie was no different. Check the recipe out below!

Apple Pie Baby Food

Ingredients:

  • 2 apples (I used 1 Granny Smith and 1 Honeycrisp)
  • 2-3 tsp prepared Baby Oatmeal
  • 1/2 inch peeled fresh ginger
  • pinch cinnamon
  • pinch nutmeg
  • pinch cloves
  • water as needed for consistency

Method:

Peel and chop apples into chunks and steam. You can steam on the stove top, using a steamer, or in the microwave. I microwave them in a bowl with a splash of water for about 3 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare Baby Oatmeal. Add apples and Baby Oatmeal to blender with ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and water. Blend to desired consistency (we still go for very smooth purees, but will go chunkier as Liam gets older). Check the temperature, spoon or pour into a Hello Little Monsters Reusable Food Pouches and serve.


Do you like food pouches for on the go feeding? Did your little one love Apple Pie Baby Food? Share in the comments, and don’t forget to enter the giveaway!

Xoxo,

The Crispy Mama

Zucchini Bread Baby Food Recipe

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Over the past week, I’ve been trying to find fun new ways to introduce some of the vegetables into Liam’s baby food that he had already tried, but didn’t particularly care for. One of those vegetables was zucchini. The first time he had it, he made a sour face the whole time he was eating (but he kept eating it, little trooper… ha!). To be honest, I feel him. Plain zucchini, steamed with absolutely no seasoning? Blah. Don’t get me wrong, I love some good stir fried, crispy baked, or “zoodleized” zucchini, but soggy plain stuff, pureed into oblivion? No thanks. Since bananas are one of his favorite foods of all time (again, I feel him), I mixed some in with his zucchini, and threw in a little bit of baby oatmeal for good measure and good naps. I added a pinch of cinnamon to keep things interesting, tasted it, and I swear I had a slice of homemade Zucchini Bread in my mouth.

I stripped Liam down (ain’t nobody got time for laundry), strapped him up in his highchair, and we gave it a try. He tore it up. That hungry little guy ate about a half a cup of the stuff, which is easily three times as much as he normally eats. He also took a three hour nap afterwards (shout out, oatmeal!). You can read how to make your own baby oatmeal in this post.

Ingredients

  • 1 zucchini
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tsp baby oatmeal
  • 3 tsp water
  • pinch cinnamon

Method

Cut ends off zucchini and steam or boil until soft. Cut banana into chunks and add to blender. Add cooked zucchini and a little bit of water (or cooking water). Add a small pinch of cinnamon (less is more!) and blend until smooth. In a microwave safe container, stir together baby oatmeal and water. Microwave about 30 seconds. Combine with as much zucchini-banana-cinnamon puree as desired. Stir well. Test temperature on your wrist or lip before serving.

Does your baby say yay or nay to zucchini? What about Zucchini Bread Baby Food? Share in the comments.

Xoxo,

The Crispy Mama


Baby’s First Easter Basket (From The Target Dollar Spot!)


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Liam is still at that age where holidays, like Easter, don’t mean anything to him. He doesn’t know what’s going on, all he knows is there are a bunch of people around and they all want to hold him. He could really care less about Christmas presents or Easter baskets. Pretty much any holiday festivities are solely a formality and only for Mama and Dad’s benefit (hello, adorable holiday themed outfits). Because of all of this, it would be beyond silly for me to spend any more than a few bucks on an Easter basket for him. I thought, this sounds like a job for… The Target Dollar Spot (formally known as Heaven on Earth).

I absolutely cannot wait until the next Easter when we’ll be able to dye eggs, do an Easter Egg Hunt, tell him all about the Easter Bunny, and actually enjoy the things that are in his basket. I still have very distinct memories of my Easters as a little girl. My family and my sister’s best friend’s family would all spend our week off of school camping at the same campground, doing a big Easter Egg hunt with all of the other kids that were staying there, having a huge (and I mean huge) meal with everyone. I can’t wait to start making those memories all over again with my little Liam.

I am completely incapable of entering a Target store without thoroughly inspecting the Dollar Spot. It is a gift to all humans and I love it. This year’s Spring/Easter Dollar Spot items are pretty much all precious. From little pillows, to candle lanterns, to tiny buckets, to summer scarves, to wall decor, to ceramic bunnies, I was drooling in there. Luckily (for my bank account, anyways) Dad limited my time in there and dragged (I mean literally dragged) me away after a measly ten minutes. I did manage to snag the cutest Tassel Basket ($3), Stuffed Carrots ($3), Bunny Rattle ($3), and Chambray Bow Tie ($5). We can reuse the basket for a few years until he starts requiring larger items. The carrots and rattle are for him, and the bow tie is 100% for me (Ugh! So cute!). They also had some precious Sparkly Bunny Ears ($3) that would be perfect for little gals. I’ll probably throw in a banana and an avocado because those are his favorite foods. I plan to use some green tissue paper rather than Easter Grass because that stuff is the hardest thing to get rid of since glitter. I swear I’m still finding Easter Grass from when I was a kid. Who in the hell invented that stuff? I suspect Satan. I’ll be making another trip to The Spot this week in search of some cute stuff for our Baby’s First Easter Photo Shoot (post coming soon!). Hopefully, I can escape without going too overboard, but I won’t be holding my breath on that one. We also just got a brand new Dollar Store less than 1/4 of a mile from our house (yaaaasssss) so I’ll be scoping out the Easter stuff there too. Everyone wish me luck that I don’t go too crazy.

What did you get your kiddo for their First Easter? Share in the comments!

Xoxo,

The Crispy Mama

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Carrot Cake Oatmeal Baby Food Recipe

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Confession. I am one of those weird people who really doesn’t like cake at all. At weddings, I’m more interested in the buffet than the cake table.I usually have a “birthday pie” instead of a standard birthday cake because I feel that strongly about it. To me, cake is just way too sweet and doesn’t have any real flavor other than pure white sugar. One of the few exceptions to my anti-cake rule is Carrot Cake. It’s delicious, with spicy flavors and just a hint of sweetness. It usually has cream cheese icing, which is far superior to that nasty bright colored stuff that just tastes like sugar and chemicals. If I must subject myself to having a birthday cake, Carrot Cake is usually the winner.

When I make Liam’s baby food, it’s really important to me that it tastes good (and I mean actually good, not just “ehh it’s better than that nasty stuff in the jars” good). We tried carrots on their own and he wasn’t much of a fan. I feel you, buddy. Plain steamed carrots with nothing on them are decidedly not the bomb. I don’t plan to introduce added salt or sugar to him until his first birthday when he can have some (Carrot, obviously) cake. Since he adores bananas, I decided to mix the carrot puree that I had already made with some banana mash and see if he liked that more. It was a hit. Apparently, my kid is going to live on “fill in the blank” mixed with bananas for the rest of his life. I guess there could be worse things. 

Last week, we gave him his first oatmeal. I had mentioned before that we were holding off on grains until he had tried a variety of fruits and vegetables. With bananas, apples, carrots, zucchini, green beans, blueberries, spinach, and kale under our belt, I decided that it would be okay to introduce some oatmeal mixed in with these things. Long story short, he took the longest nap of his life after that meal. #foodcoma. So I tried to come up with some other ways to make oatmeal that would be both good and good for him. I looked at my freezer baby food inventory and came across the bananas and carrots that I had mentioned earlier. I decided to defrost one of those, mix it in with his oatmeal and a a pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg. I tried it and it was so good I wanted to make a bowl for myself. It seriously tastes just like carrot cake without icing (which is how all cake should be served because in my humble opinion, icing is gross). I plopped his little butt down in his highchair and gave him some and it was the biggest hit since applesauce (which was the biggest hit since Titanic). He ate most of the bowl that I made, which is about twice as much as he normally eats. We’ll definitely be putting this one into the rotation. You can read how to make the carrot-banana puree (along with several other Stage 1 purees) here. You can find out how to make your own Baby Oatmeal here, along with another oatmeal recipe for baby, and a smoothie recipe for mom here.

Note: I took Liam’s shirt off before giving him his first oatmeal. This meant less clean up for me, and that I could keep a close eye out for a possible reaction. For some people, hives show up first on the torso area, so it’s a good idea to look out for that.

Xoxo,

The Crispy Mama


Liam’s Nursery Tour


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When we started buying stuff for Liam’s room, we mostly got things that went with the “vibe” of the rest of our house. Mostly muted grays and whites with dark furniture (all from Target) and maybe a navy accent here and there. Never once did it occur to me that we were supposed to have a “theme” until people started asking me what it was. “So what’s the theme of his room?” “Uhhh… Baby?” We ended up with some race car stuff, some outdoorsy stuff, some animal stuff, you name it. Though we don’t have a “theme” it all turned out so much nicer than I expected. We chose furniture that can be converted (changing table to standard dresser, crib to toddler bed, to daybed, to full bed) so he can use to for a long time (budget win!). The crib is pretty much for decoration because he sleeps with me, but I’m confident that he’ll sleep in it one day. Until then, it’s a great place to store pillows, stuffed animals, whatever else, at the moment.

We stuck a little reading nook in the corner for when he’s a little bigger. We read him bedtime stories every day and he really loves it, so I think that reading books in his little nook will be really fun for him. I made this Ruler Growth Chart (tutorial coming soon) for about $10 and I can’t wait to be able to mark his growth on it. We opted for sheer rather than blackout curtains to help prevent our little guy getting his days and nights mixed up. I got a great deal on them on Amazon (duh, everything is from Amazon).

This is the most comfortable chair of all time. I seriously would sleep in it voluntarily. It also shipped already assembled, which is a huge plus for me because my patience with little parts and pieces lasts about 15 seconds. We chose it because it has a higher back than most of the ones that we looked at, which is great for tall Daddies. 

I made these little Car Prints. They were incredibly easy, took all of 10 minutes, and look precious. All I did was search for “car scale images” on Google, found ones that I liked, printed, matted, and framed them. The frames were originally tacky brass that I spray painted to match the rest of the room. 

We created this collage wall all with items on sale at Hobby Lobby (HoLo is life!). We used a drawer organizer as a “garage” for toy cars and it turned out way cuter than expected. I love this little 3D bear too. 

I added cubby shelves from Target for toy storage, two lamps from story time (one from Hobby Lobby, one from a garage sale that I spray painted and replaced the shade) and a vintage glass water jug to use as his “piggy bank”.

What do you think of Liam’s nursery? Are you interested in seeing how I made his Ruler Growth Chart? Share in the comments!

Xoxo,

The Crispy Mama


Three Baby Food Recipes Featuring Apples

This week Liam ate his first apple sauce and to say he loved it would be an understatement. He ate and ate and ate until I wouldn’t give him any more (and he was pretty grumpy about getting cut off). Since he struggles with some tummy troubles, I thought that the fiber in apples would be great for him and since he liked them so much, this would be a chance to give some other flavors a try too. I checked out the refrigerator inventory and came up with these combinations. I tried each of them and I would willingly eat all of them (I won’t give him anything that I wouldn’t want to eat). I try to introduce Liam to a really wide variety of flavors while he’s still young in hopes that he won’t be a picky eater (I’ll get back to you on if it works or not, fingers crossed though!).

Apple Ginger Cinnamon Nutmeg- 2 peeled apples (I used one Granny Smith and one Fuji), 1/2 inch piece fresh ginger, pinch cinnamon, pinch nutmeg. Throw it all in the blender and add a little water if it’s too thick. This one tastes like apple pie. The ginger is good for little tummies.

Apple Banana Cinnamon Rosemary- 1 apple, 1/2 banana, pinch cinnamon, pinch fresh rosemary leaves. I blend the bananas first, then add apples, cinnamon, rosemary leaves, and a little water if it’s too thick and blend again.  Bananas are another one of his favorites. I hated rosemary as a kid but I love it now, so I’m hoping he’ll like it. We have fresh rosemary in our garden so I cook with it a lot.

Apple Blueberry Spinach Kale- 1 apple, 1/2 cup blueberries, 3 cups spinach and baby kale. I steamed the blueberries and greens together in the microwave (just throw it all in a bowl with a splash of water and microwave for about 2 minutes) to make them a little tastier and a little easier on the tummy. This is basically a baby green smoothie. Apples and blueberries are both such strong flavors, I’m pretty confident that he won’t even be able to taste the greens. Mom-Win.

TIP: I steamed all of the peeled apples together (2 Granny Smith and 2 Fuji) and blended them into apple sauce first.

So far he has tried the Apple Ginger Cinnamon Nutmeg and he looooved it! We’ll update after he has tried the rest of them! Do you have another way that you like to prepare apples for your baby? Share in the comments!

Xoxo,

The Crispy Mama

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Mom Hack: The Leftover Baby Food Smoothie

Us Mamas pretty much live on a diet of cold coffee and our kid’s leftovers. Incredibly appetizing, right? When I make Liam’s baby food, I always taste it first. Today, as I was whipping up his Avocado-Banana-Cinnamon mash, I took a bite and thought, “Damn, this stuff is pretty good.” As usual, he ate about 1/3 of it before he was over it and ready to get out of his chair and go play. Since avocados and bananas don’t keep particularly well (especially organic bananas, I swear they turn brown in 15 seconds), I either had to eat the leftovers or throw them away. I decided to throw the leftover mash, the remaining half of the avocado, what was left of the banana, some ice cubes, chia seeds, soy milk and some more cinnamon into the blender and this super fresh tasting Mom Hack Smoothie was born. You get a dose or healthy fats from avocado to help keep you full, protein and antioxidants from chia seeds, calcium from soy milk, and potassium from bananas. Plus its way easier to drink a smoothie one handed while holding a baby than it is to eat something. If soy isn’t your thing, you could easily sub almond or coconut milk (I think coconut would be amazing in this). You could also add some greens like spinach or kale for an extra serving of veggies.


Ingredients:

  • Leftover Avocado-Banana-Cinnamon baby food (yum)
  • Remaining half of avocado
  • Remaining half of banana
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 cup unsweetened soy milk
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • 3-4 ice cubes

Throw it all in the blender and call it lunch.

Do you have any other creative ways to use your kid’s leftovers? Share in the comments!

Xoxo,

The Crispy Mama

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