3 tbs Greek yogurt
3 tbs hemp seeds
1 tbs desiccated coconut
1/4 cup coconut water
- Cut the papaya in half, discard the seeds and scoop out the flesh
- Deseed the cherries
- Add all of the ingredients into a blender, NutriBullet or whatever blending method you prefer. Blend
Dad has been training hard lately, so I’ve been creating post-training smoothies to supply a good hit of glucose to transport energy to the muscles, protein for muscle repair and electrolytes for rehydration. This formula is also perfect for a toddler smoothie, especially in the summertime when extra hydration is needed. The protein in the smoothie with slow down the release of sugar from the fruit, creating a more stabilized source of energy, and keep the body fueled for longer. It’s a great early morning or mid afternoon snack.
I had an idea of how this smoothie would taste when I was making it, but it actually came out better than expected. Drinking it made me feel like I should be dancing in the sun, on a white sandy beach, in the Caribbean islands. Thanks to my little Caribbean Dream smoothie, for that lovely memory recall…
2 cups watermelon
1/2 cup cold water
4 ice cubes
- Add all of the ingredients into the blender or NutriBullet & blend
This is the perfect summer blend – sweet and refreshing. Virgin for the little ones, spiked for the big ones – everyone wins! Double the ingredients and make a pitcher to take to picnics, BBQs, or just for late nights in the garden. It rivals Pimms and beats serving the little ones juice boxes.
The cucumber, which is in my opinion the key to this concoction, might be a toddler deterrent. My girls love it, but they eat cucumber like it’s candy. If you think it won’t fly with your little ones, add a half cup more watermelon and two more strawberries.
2 cups watermelon
2 tbs hemp seeds
1 cup coconut water (or filtered water)
8 raspberries (optional – see note below)
- Put all of the ingredients into the blender or NutriBullet and blend. Make sure the smoothie is served cold.
This smoothie is delicious, nutritious and versatile. It can be added to a source of protein, like eggs or sausages for breakfast, or given as an afternoon snack to keep energetic babies & toddlers (like my girls) fueled, hydrated and happy with balanced blood sugar levels. Dad likes it as a post training drink, as it contains natural sources of glucose, fat, protein & electrolytes for muscle restoration.
If you’re using regular water, you might not need the raspberries – I added them at the last second because I found the smoothie too sweet, and it’s summertime, so I had them to hand. It also helped to add a slight hue to the caramel color of this smoothie.
Organic Cheddar Cheese
- Slice the cheese and watermelon and present however you like
I present the watermelon and cheese in either circles or squares, which makes it more fun for the girls. I serve this with some type of protein – usually scrambled eggs. I wasn’t familiar with the cheese and watermelon combination until my neighbor, who is Turkish, was over one morning helping out Dad with some DIY. I, tapping into my southern Louisiana hospitality, went a step beyond making the tea – I also made a small fruit platter (it was hot that morning). Paul mentioned how much he loves the sweet flavor of watermelon with the saltiness of cheese, and often times he has it for breakfast. Done! I sent him home with a bag full of watermelon for his breakfast the next day – that’s southern hospitably for ya! Watermelon and cheese is now a regular thing in our house.
I serve this with a toddler safe cheese like medium cheddar, however, adults can use goats cheese or feta or blue cheese – be adventurous! The salty cheese with the sweet watermelon is a winning combination. I am quite vigilant with my dairy. I only buy organic, from farms that I know and trust. It’s important to me that the cows roam free and forage on green pastures, making the essential fats much cleaner and free from all the yucky stuff that many conventional dairy farms include in their ethos. We don’t have much diary in our house, so when I do buy it, it’s the good stuff.
2 cups watermelon
1/4 cup water
(straws cut into 2″ sticks & an ice tray)
- Add watermelon and water to blender or Nutribullet and blend
- Pour the liquid into ice tray and add a straw to each cube
- Freeze until solid – serve
Let’s not forget, babies and toddlers are excited by simple things. When it comes to approving a new food, our little ones are using more than their sense of taste. Kids will also employ sight and smell to conclude whether or not they like a food, so something simple like watermelon cubes: pink, cold, fun, sweet and a stick attached – can it go wrong?! Not in my house…
It’s worth remembering that little ones have twice as many tastebuds than adults, so the sweet flavor of foods will strike them much more intensely. This is why it’s so important to withhold processed sugar as long as possible because once their tastebuds become aquatinted with that chemical sweetness, they are going to have an expectation of what sweetness tastes like. Stick with natures candy – fruit!
You can infuse your water with these watermelon cubes. It’ll keep your water cooler for longer, add electrolytes for hydration and give your water a nice sweet summertime flavor. Also, these are great to use as a reward for potty training – my mom friend tried it on her daughter, and they had great success.