[This post is sponsored by Agropur! I used their products to create a healthy, toddler-friendly smoothie and was compensated in return. Regardless, I only work with brands I trust and buy myself.]
If you’re a parent, you know there are plenty of things to worry about (like, all the time). From meeting developmental goals and learning ABCs to wondering if your kid really can survive on raisins and yogurt and if they’ll ever forget the swear word they heard you sigh under your breath. It’s a fact of life with kids, worrying.
I’m pretty lucky when it comes to most things kid-related. We have plenty of family locally to help when needed (often), she sleeps like a champ (!!) and is generally agreeable and adaptable to most situations. Our struggle, like so many families, is in the kitchen and at the table. Up until she was about 2, I couldn’t understand what parents were talking about, toddlers being picky eaters. Ruthie ate everything (including gnawing on raw ginger when she was getting sick around 6 months) … until she didn’t. It was almost like a switch flipped and I felt pretty defeated and exhausted with the situation. Expanding her “OK to Eat” list has been a process, but we’ve found that smoothies are a great way to pack in all the good stuff she wouldn’t be excited to eat otherwise. From kale and spinach to brown rice or chickpeas, I’ve added it ALL to miss Ruthie’s morning smoothie in an attempt to take my will-she-get-scurvy panic down to a manageable level. Another thing I don’t have to worry about? Making sure she’s getting quality dairy in her diet. It’s the one thing she’ll always eat, and one I feel good about giving her when she’s on a vegetable/fruit/solid food strike.
It’s probably no surprise to my readers that I’m a fan of Agropur and it’s brands, Natrel/Iogo/Oka Cheese. I’ve worked with them from a recipe development standpoint on and off for years. But I also buy these brands when I’m not working on campaigns because I trust their products and I know they have the highest quality standards for them. In fact, in 2015, 2016 and 2017, Agropur was ranked Canada’s most trusted dairy brand by the Gustavson Brand Trust Index.
Agropur Dairy Cooperative has a unique business model that engages over 3,200 dairy farmers across Canada, with 13,000 families who are passionate about fueling the economies of their town, city and region. These families, Agropur co-op members, believe that individuals have the power to make things happen by working together within an agreed upon value system based on trust, solidarity, democracy and the pooling of resources.
When I buy dairy, I like to know it comes from Canadian farms and that my money is going back into the Canadian economy. It’s a choice we make every day with food, and those choices make a huge impact on our food systems; when you buy from Agropur’s Dairy Cooperative, it fuels new employment and job opportunities for individuals and families in rural communities in Canada. It’s a choice I feel good making when I’m buying for my own family.
Today I wanted to share a recipe we make almost every day for breakfast in our house. It’s full of nutrient-dense ingredients that fuel all the shenanigans we get into each day… and boy are there a lot of shenanigans living with a 2.5-year-old. We generally use unsweetened iögo Greek Yogurt, but sometimes we’ll use Ruthie’s favourite flavour, Coconut-Banana. Feel free to swap out ingredients for whatever you have on hand. The peanut butter, berries and banana pretty much wipe out any green or bitter flavour, so you don’t have to worry about them turning up their noses at it, and the avocado makes it super smooth and luscious. I get Ruthie to help me make this so she can see what ingredients we’re putting in and familiarize herself with them. She’s FAR more willing to eat new ingredients when she’s the one that added them.
If I'm making this for myself instead of Ruthie, I add some protein powder and various adaptogens (usually chaga or cordecyps mushroom powder and pine pollen) so I can get even more oomph in my day.
- Add all ingredients to a bullet or blender and puree until it's nice and smooth. If we don't finish all ours, I like to pour into ice cube trays and use for the next batch to make it extra chill.