Miles

A Healthy Smoothie Option For Toddlers

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I shared this smoothie that I make for Miles on my Instagram recently and had tons of messages asking for an official recipe. To be honest, I use my hands rather than measuring everything out, but I regularly use the same combination of ingredients which I thought I would list below. Miles is entering the “fussy eater” phase and finding things he will eat that are nutritious can be a challenge. Anytime I was drinking a smoothie he would always want a sip so I thought about trying to come up with something that he would love. He has been a huge berry fan since he was an infant so I bought a frozen bag of berries to try and frozen pineapple happened to be sitting on the same shelf so I grabbed that too to make it a bit more flavorful. In order to sneak as much greens as I can into his diet, I like to put spinach in this smoothie and he never even notices. Ha! The yogurt and milk amounts change based on how thick or thin I am trying to make it, but I tried to give an estimate in the recipe below. If he is being very fussy and picky, I will add a drizzle of honey or a very ripe banana to the mixture to give it some added sweetness. I can normally get at least two or three servings out of this recipe and give it to him in this smoothie container which is perfect! It’s easy for him to hold and is pretty spill-proof. Even though Miles loves this smoothie, it is also a great smoothie for adults so I end up saving a small cup for myself.

Here is what I use in his smoothie:

  • 1 handful of frozen berries (I like a berry mix – blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, etc)
  • 1 handful of frozen pineapple
  • 2 handfuls of fresh spinach
  • 3/4 cup of yogurt (sometimes more or less depending on how thick I want it to be)
  • Almond milk (normally 1/2 cup or more)
  • 1 spoonful of chia seeds (I estimate this is about 1/2 tablespoon)
  • I use a drizzle of honey or one banana to add a bit of sweetness but he also loves the smoothie without either
I don’t know how long he will continue to love this smoothie so I’m am taking advantage of it while I can. LOL I’ll probably need to come up with another concoction at some point to give him options, but for now this is what I stick with. I like to make it for him at least once a week and he will continue to drink it for at least a day or two after.

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Meet Miles!

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He’s here! I’d like all of you to meet my sweet baby boy, Miles Anthony Sye. I’ll be sharing his birthstory in an upcoming YouTube video but I thought I would introduce him to everyone first. My father’s middle name was Anthony so we knew that we wanted to incorporate that in somehow, but struggled with deciding on a first name for almost the entire pregnancy. We had thought about ‘Miles’ for a name a few times but it never seemed like the winner until about a month ago. I mentioned it again to Stan and we both looked at each other and knew it was the one. 
I went into labor late Friday evening and he was born at 9:41 a.m. on Saturday, November 4. He weighed in at 6 lbs and was 19.5 inches long with almost a full head of hair! He has a very gentle and calm demeanor and my mom, Stan and I (and Elmo) are just crazy about him. I’ve shared a few more pics and videos of him on Instagram and Insta-stories though I’m trying not to overdo it (which is nearly impossible because he’s so cute!).
I actually had my mom and Stan help me put up all the holiday decorations so it would be done when I went into labor. And coming home to a festive environment was the best way to welcome Miles. As we speak, I am sitting on the couch typing this post while Miles is snuggled next to me and Elmo is curled up right next to him and the Christmas tree is all lit up next to the couch. I may even turn on the fire tonight and take this entire scene over the top cozy. LOL
Thank you to each and every one of you for all the kind words, supportive comments and uplifting messages sent my way during these past 9+ months. Pregnancy can be such a nervous and stressful time but I feel grateful to have received so much positive encouragement!

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