Who doesn’t love a good smoothie? They’re flavourful, there are endless combinations, and they taste great! Ever since I bought my Blendtec, it’s been a lot of fun to try out different combinations of fruits to make delicious green smoothies on the weekends. Smoothies are one of the ways I get my 2 year old interested in cooking. He’s the biggest fan of smoothies (he calls them “green juice”) and helps me put all of the ingredients in the blender. It’s such a fun thing for us to make and drink together which has motivated me to make them more often at home.
I wanted to make a thicker smoothie for my baby while getting him to try a new food – chia seeds! I thought it would be a great new texture and a fantastic way to thicken up the baby food. And here’s the bonus, chia seeds are high in fibre so I know it’ll help my baby stay regular.
One very important thing to remember about chia seeds is that they need to be soaked before they can be consumed, especially for babies. When the dry seeds come in contact with a liquid, they expand and develop a gelatinous coating on them. Use this gelatinous form of the seed in your recipes instead of dry ones, as dry chia seeds can get stuck in your little one’s throat. Once they mix with milk, formula, water, or any other liquid, they’ll expand several times their size, which can cause them to block your baby’s esophagus. It’s a scary thought for any parent but remember, they’re completely safe for your baby to consume with the coating.
Now, this was a really fun recipe to create. I’ve definitely had the winter blues this year so I wanted something that was delicious but tropical.
Since fresh mangoes and pineapples are really expensive right now, I opted for frozen varieties of both. Surprisingly, cantaloupes were on sale at the grocery store so I picked one up. What I love about cantaloupes is that they have a slightly sweet, fresh taste that compliments other tropical fruits and berries really well. There are so many different combinations that can be created with exotic fruits so I’m looking forward to playing around with them over the coming months.
You put all of the ingredients (starting with the yogurt) except the chia seeds in the blender. Mix until pureed or use the “Smoothie” setting if you have a Blendtech.
Once all the ingredients are nicely blended, mix the chia seeds in. Within 5 to 10 minutes, you’ll notice that the texture of the seeds has changed and that they’ve developed a coating.
If you’re interested in making a green smoothie (extra veggies for baby), add some kale or spinach to it.
That’s all there is to it. It’s a wonderful and sweet breakfast or snack for your baby, you, and any other kids to indulge in. Have fun and add other fruits, such as berries, banana, pineapple, or kiwi to add a flavour twist.
EXOTIC FRUIT & CHIA SEED SMOOTHIE
Prep Time: 5 mins | Total Time: 10 minutes | Serving Size: Makes about 1300 mL
• 1 cup mango chunks
• 1 cup cantaloupe chunks
• 1 cup pineapple chunks
• 1 banana, peeled
• 1.5 cups Greek yogurt (full fat)
• optional: 1 cup kale/spinach
• optional: 1/4 tsp lime juice
• 1/2 cup dry chia seeds
- Add the Greek yogurt, mango, cantaloupe, pineapple, and any optional fruits or greens to the blender. Blend on high until smooth.
- Add in the chia seeds and mix with a spoon or spatula.
- Let sit for a minimum of 10 minutes, until the chia seeds have developed a gelatinous coating.
I hope your kiddo(s) enjoy eating this as much as mine have. We recently went on a road trip and they finished all my pouches of these on the way to the destination.
Try out some of my other favourite fruit combinations:
• mango, blueberries, banana, & lime
• strawberry, kiwi, & pineapple
• mixed berries & lime
• pineapple, orange
• strawberries, white grapes, & banana
Another option is to create yogurt drops. These are FANTASTIC for teething babies and those who self-feed. They’re cold and nutritious and fun for little fingers to grab.
This is not a portable snack. Unlike the yogurt drops you find in stores, this isn’t freeze-dried so they’ll completely melt if they’re out of the freezer for more than a few minutes. But they’re an awesome snack for the kids to eat at home.
Put the smoothie mixture into a reusable pouch (or a plastic bag with one end cut off, like a make-shift icing bag). Just cover a plate with plastic wrap (or a tray with parchment paper) and squeeze small amounts of the smoothie onto the plate. Place in the freezer until firm (I keep it for at least a couple of hours).
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