Thursday, 5 September 2013

Part II - Soups, sips and licks for older infant and toddler

In my previous post ‘Part I - Soups, sips and licks for older infant and toddler’, I’ve shared few recipes of healthy soups for an older infant and early toddler. These recipes are tried by me and tasted by my little princess 'Erishka'.  I hope you guys would have liked it and tried it too. Let me know about your experience of trying these new recipes with your baby.
Now here is the my latest post regarding Sips for (6-10months) and early toddler (11-15months) , which includes fresh juices, creamy milkshakes and smoothies. You can definitely keep the soups in one of the meal menu for a day.

But before we begin here are few pointers to keep in mind while preparing baby's sips(Juices, milkshakes and smoothies)

Below are the list of juices I use to give to Erishka when she was older infant.

Sips: Fruit and vegetable juices

Fruit and vegetable juices are very important to keep baby hydrated in summer time. My little one is a summer baby. So it was very important for me to keep her hydrated with required nutrients and vitamins.

  1. Watermelon- Perfect summer drink 1 Large cup of seeded watermelon cubes Pinch of crushed mint leaves (optional)
    Pinch of pepper (optional)

    Add all the above ingredients, crush it with blender and add water according to the desired consistency.   This juice is perfect as a ‘
    Summer Drink’ for your little ones.
  2. Apple
    ½ Apple of medium size
    pinch of Cinnamon powder (optional)
    Crush the all the ingredients and you are done. Make sure it’s consumed within 30mins as it starts getting discolored if kept for long. Even if you referigerate, it will turn brownish. when i had low HB count , my gyno told me that any ingredient which turns black while exposed to air is very rich in Iron, and so Iron rust are for.
  3. Sweetlime Simplest of all. Just crush the diced peices  of 1large  Sweet lime and one cup of water. Then sieve it and serve it. please ensure that it is consumed as quickly as possible, s the taste starts getting bitter if kept unconsumed for long. And it will turn off your child to try any juices in future.
  4. Power punch½ Apple medium size
    2 chunks of Beet root
    1tbs Honey (optional)
    Pinch of pepper(optional)

    Stew the above fruits and let it cool. And then crush it with blender and add honey and cooled water. Add a pinch of pepper before serving it. I call it power punch as both the ingredients used are highly rich in Iron, you may call it anything funky to suit your style.

  5. Tender coconut WaterThe most easiest drink to make. Yes it is, if your child like it’s taste, then nothing like that. For variation you may add pinch of grated ginger, it tastes good.

Slurp! Milkshakes and smoothie Milkshakes and smoothies are best for the early toddlers ( 10-14months). It’s a perfect combination for fussy toddler and picky eaters. As it includes fruits and a goodness of milk, which helps are little monsters to consume vitamins and required fats to gain more energy to play around. I like to use whatever fresh fruits are in season like strawberry, mangos, papayas, kiwi fruit, banana - all make a great smoothie. Experiment with anything tangy you have in your kitchen.

  1. Banana blast Simple, quick and easy. Banana are the most easily available ingredient in every kitchen.
    One large banana cubes+honey (Optional) +single creame milk, then blend it in mixer, taa-daa. Banana blast is ready, you may top it up with some dry-fruits powder.
  2. Berreis’ best Blend some berries(any would do), 1 cup creame( I used Amul fresh creame) and Milk for consistency. Your berries best is ready!
  3. Brainy Milkshake No rocket science in this recipe. I just gave fancy name to the our very old India ‘Badam Milk’. Almonds are highly rich calcium, iron, zinc to name few and which is very important for brain development. Yes it’s perfect for growing years.

    You would need 1 cup of Milk+1thread of saffron+2 crushed overnight soaked badam (Almonds)+powdered elaichi chiroli. Heat milk in a pan. Bring it to boil, then add all ingredients and simmer it for 20-25 mins. Top it with a scoop of creame and serve hot or cold, depending on your child’s health and preferences.

    To make it more easy you may also use ready made Badam milk mix(Contains powdered almonds, herbs and all above ingredients). While travelling i used to use this as it’s convenient and easy to prepare.

    I’ve used both Everest Badam Milk mix and MTR. Both are equally good. Just add 1tbs of the powder to the boiling milk and your
    ‘Brainy Milkshake’ is ready.

  4. Seasonal Fruit milkshake
    Be it mango/chikoo/avacado, all  seasonal fruit milkshakes are quick, easy and simple to make. Just add 1 cup of chopped seasonal fruits. Crush it in blender. Add some cold milk + 1tbs Amul Fresh cream and blend it again. Thick fruit milkshake is ready. For early toddlers you may add some cubes of self fruit in the same. It will make them more eager to drink as they love looking for surprises.
  5. Apple Milkshake This recipe was out of necessity. I didn’t like when apple juice use to turn brownish. So I discovered this recipe.
    1 large apple (cubes)
    ½ cup water
    1 cup Milk
    Crush the apple in mixer, add water, milk and then blend it again. Now, Top it up with 1tbs cream of Amul fresh and serve.

  6. Kheer milkshake This was again out of necessity. I've been travelling a lot, especially after the arrival of my little princess. To make sure she has nutritive food through trips.
    Just prepare kheer in advance of travel time and put it in fridge for around 2 hrs. After it is cooled enough. Simply blend it in blender , with coarse texture. no need to add anything then. Store it in steel hot-cold flask and put it back it freezer. Now only take it out of fridge just before locking the doors. This kheer milkshake in hot-cold flask can stay fresh up to 4-6 hrs. Very convenient for frequent traveller with older infant or toddler.
  7. Fruity Lassi

    Lassi is India’s good old healthy beverage. By adding few chunks of favourie fruits can a delicious serving for your older infant and early toddler. Lassi is made up of yogurt/curd, which is rich in calcium. And when you blend it with fruits it add the richness of Vitamins A and C, phosphorus, folic acid, iron, antioxidants and fibre.

    Blend 1/2 cup chopped fruit of your choice +1 cup yogurt/curd. Add some water if you want a thin consistency. Now, it’s ready to serve.

    Please note my upcoming post '
    Part III - Soups, sips and licks for older infant and toddler will be focused on Licks  (finger food, snacks, bites).

    Be happy, be healthy!
    Smart Mom At Home

    Read also
    Part II: Raising 'readers'
    Part I: Rasing 'readers'

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