This post is sponsored by Little Green Pouch
Feeding a toddler has turned out to be one of the hardest parts of motherhood. I don’t blame Mazen at all for being a picky eater – imagine if someone was creating your whole menu and you had very little way to communicate back. Sometimes you just don’t want meatballs. Sign language has helped us a lot (“Mazen would you like an apple or some cheese?”) but beyond the basic foods, it’s hard to tell what he’s in the mood for until he pushes it off of his tray.
I give Mazen a lot of credit – he is an adventurous eater and will touch his tongue to a lot of new foods. But he lets us know with a loud NO if he doesn’t like it. Texture plays a huge part in his likes and dislikes. And it’s for this reason that I often still make smoothies, soups and purees for him. If he hates the texture of string beans but will eat them in a soup, then let’s eat more soup!
Just like adults, I believe that the more variety you can get into a child’s diet the better. It’s hard for a toddler to chew kale or celery and texture can make or break a dish. Thus, the more you can adapt things to make kiddos like them the better off their diets will be. Smoothies and pureed soups are as versatile as they come and offer an easy way to introduce more real food. Best of all – you can enjoy them along with your toddler.
This recipe came to me as I was thinking up a way to get Mazen to eat more greens. He is really into pears right now and loves coconut. He’s iffy about the texture of rice and can’t really chew greens yet. So I made this simple blend that he loved eating all by himself from his Little Green Pouch. Think of it as a hybrid smoothie + soup. It’s on the sweeter side thanks to the coconut milk and pear so little taste buds will like it, but it has the nutrition and veggie backbone of a soup. I served it room temp in his pouch and warm in a mug for me.
Coconut Rice & Pear Soup
Ingredients (4-6 servings)
- 1 cup cooked brown rice
- 1 can full-fat coconut milk
- 1 ripe green pear
- 2 cups baby spinach
- 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
- Pinch ground ginger
Puree all ingredients in blender.
Serve with extra rice for garnish.
Heat to taste.
Clapping means he liked it!
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