Sprout Loves Sweet Potatoes and Smoothies | Delicious Healthy Sugar Free Recipes for Your Child

I do not know what you define as baby food. In our household it is NOT what you will find in stores–brown mixtures stored in tiny jars!  Not at all!  In our household baby food is anything that is healthy, vibrant, and mostly raw.  In our household it is EVERYTHING :), which makes feeding Sprout easy and fun.  We do avoid salt in her foods altogether, but outside of that, if we eat it, she can eat it too. We do have to mash/blend foods, since she barely has a tooth now (still teeny tiny), however, it takes only second to do.

She is now going through a new stage–she wants to hold her own food.  Most of the times she does not know what to do with it, so she mashes it in her hands, and throws it down. It is funny, since she grabs any object around her and always takes it into her mouth first, but not with food. Not a big deal–she needs to start and learn somehow.  In the last couple of days, however, with Mommy’s assistance, she has been learning to take her little hands to the mouth.  We start with things she won’t choke on, like bread.

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(She loves bread! When we go to Whole Foods shopping, we always stop by the bakery, to see if they have bread samples.  A tiny piece at a time, keeps her happy the entire trip :)! )

Sprout’s food repertoire is quiet large–anything we eat, she can too.  I do have favorites, of course :).  Things like sweet potatoes, green smoothies, fruit smoothie and whole grains (cooked and mashed).  I personally love to incorporate all the colors of the rainbow into her diet.

She is a pro at green smoothie drinking.  A smoothie like I posted a couple of days ago(“Spring Freshness“) is on her favorites list. And she loves drinking out of her glass straw too. (It took me less than 2 minutes to teach her how to use it!)

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(got greens?!)

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(boiled and mashed sweet potato; cherry and strawberry smoothie; Spring Freshness green smoothie)

Mixing any of the foods in the image above with each other is not a problem. I love to mix-and-match them–that is what’s so wonderful about a whole foods vegan diet–it is all good and safe. When Sprout does not feel like drinking a smoothie out of a straw, while this could be a sign of a “peaky eater” for some, I don’t see it that way, I go with the flow and simply pour some of it (fruit or green smoothie) on her sweet potato and spoon feed her–she LOVES IT! (I also make sure to offer the same food to her several times. There are moments when she does not feel like opening her mouth, and moments when I cannot go fast enough for her.  There is also a possibility of her being full.  If she refuses any foods, I offer it to her later, and, normally, she gobbles it up.  So far there hasn’t been a food that she refused permanently.)

Making Sweet Potato

There is nothing more simple!  Simply peel, chop, boil in plain (filtered water). When cooked, strain most water, leaving some to give potatoes a creamy texture, and mash or blend.  That’s it! When my cooked potatoes cool, I place them in a glass container and refrigerate. One large potato normally lasts Sprout about 3 days, since we incorporate other foods too.

Cherry Smoothie

  • 1 cup cherries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 cup strawberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1-1.5 cups coconut water
  • 2 dates, if additional sweetness is desired

Blend in a blender until smooth.

These foods can be enjoyed by babies and their parents a like, so make sure to make enough for the whole family :)! We do!

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  • Agnes Shanley

    It’s not too late for older children to enjoy fresh fruit and veggie smoothies too. My 13 and 16 year old young adults also love smoothies. My son (16) was excited to try bitter melon today. Even I had a hard time drinking this bitter fruit I used 1/4 of the bitter melon with strawberries, blueberries and a little banana. We use a Nutra Bullet high speed blender. The kids love to use it and they are very proud of their own creations. The only down side is the blending cups are plastic.

    • Agnes, I so agree with you–kids LOVE to share and eat their creations!

  • Meg

    I don’t know why I never thought to give my little on (10 months) smoothies? Duh! I am so excited to try them out on her tomorrow! My little man (3) is the pickiest eater but I think he would do smoothies if he didn’t get a good look at them. Still trying to find a way to hide them so he’ll take a sip! Thanks Elena for the recipes!!

    • How did it go with smoothies? My Sprout was taking away my straw to suck her green smoothies out of today. They make her happy :). She has her days when she does not want them out of a straw, so I spoon feed them to her.

  • Nina

    May I suggest you steam the sweet potatoes instead of boiling them. Apparently you keep more nutrition in it than by boiling. My babygirl had her first sweet potato this week. She refused it a couple of times, so eventually I added some milk (breast or formula- whatever you are using) and it went a bit better. We have just started solids and so far she thinks it is just another game that we play: we put something in her mouth, she spits it out.

    • Nina

      Oh, and if you do choose to boil them it is recommended to chop them only once or twice (same for steaming). Although it takes longer until they are soft they loose less nutrition by it. Hope you don’t mind me suggesting this 🙂

      • Oh, I love suggestions!

    • Great suggestion. Yes, the loos of nutrients (since they will not boil into the water) will be less. So, thank you 🙂 I should have thought of that :)) Breast milk is a great addition into any baby foods.

  • Devi

    Hey Elena,
    I love this post. Coincidentally I was thinking couple days ago as what type of healthy foods we can feed kids. I don’t have any baby (yet ;-)), but when I do I wanted to make sure to train the child to love healthy foods right from the start, so that they don’t turn up their noses at green smoothies when they are older. This is a good introduction for me!
    Cheers,
    Devi.

    • I am happy you are starting to learn all these things now. Your baby will be a happy and a healthy one 🙂