Wednesday, April 29, 2009

How I got Hayden to eat spinach two times a day


One of my friends got me started making smoothies for Hayden everyday.  It sounds weird, but it is delicious, my husband and I drink it with him now too!

Smoothie for one little one
3 strawberries
1 small handful of blueberries
1 small handful of spinach
1/4 of an avocado
1/2 banana
1 YoBaby yogurt (organic whole milk yogurt)
Top off with orange juice

Blend until smooth and I serve it in a straw cup (so no mess!)  Sometimes I add blackberries, mango or peaches, basically whatever frozen fruit I have on hand.


My mother in law bought me a juicer (Jack LaLanne's Power Juicer) and I love it.  Hayden asks for juice ("duce") every time he walks into the kitchen.  I make him fresh juice for a snack almost everyday and he sucks it down before I am done cleaning up.  The juicer comes with recipes but here is my go to combo:

Apple-Carrot Juice ("Sponge Bob Juice" when I make it for my 4 year old nephew)

1 Cup of Juice
2 carrots
1 apple
1 handful of spinach 
4 strawberries
1/2 lemon

What I love about this juicer is that I don't have to peel or core anything.  Just trow it in as is after you cut off the carrot tops and lemon/apple stems.  It is so easy and delicious!  I asked my pediatrician about it and he said that counts as fruit and veggie servings.  As long as you drink it within 20 minutes, you get all the nutrients.

Sauteed Spinach

It took Hayden a little time to believe be that this was food.  He would put it in his mouth and not quite know what to do with it.  But now, he will willingly eat and and ask for more.

1 giant handful of spinach
1 garlic clove
1/4 lemon
sea salt
olive oil 

Saute garlic in olive oil.  Add spinach and cook until all leaves are soft (not any longer).  Toss in sea salt and squeeze in lemon.


  1. Nicole, aka: Monkey Mommy,
    I just want to thank you for sharing your blog with us at Cafe Mom.
    By the way, you are crazy if you think you are lazy! I just had to get that out of the way.
    I am completely inspired to get a juicer and start making my 18 month old son smoothies. I am not a cook. I do not like many foods (very picky) and that is the last thing I want my kid(s) to be!! So thank you for all these wonderful EASY recipes and the motivation. One hour a week: done! Check out my blog(s), no recipes but fun bebe stories and videos. I plan to visit often for... motivation mostly. Have a wonderful day, Monkey Mommy.
    Super cute kiddos, by the way.

  2. I posted one of your recipes and a link to you on my blog. Hope that's ok.
    One question:
    Which Power Juicer do you have?
    Classic, Pro or Deluxe?
    Thanks so much!