Red, White and Blueberries! A Perfect 4th of July Treat

Judah loves blueberries. I can’t emphasize that enough. When we went blueberry picking this past weekend at Johnson’s Farm in Medford, New Jersey, Judah literally ate them right off the blueberry bushes! With the 4th of July this weekend, I wanted to add a little variety to his “blueberry routine” (that is, eating blueberries at just about every meal right now) by whipping up a super easy snack: a patriotic red, white and blue parfait!

Here’s how you can make your own Red, White and Blueberry parfaitand how you can easily turn it into a delicious smoothie treat for your little who may be just getting started with solids.

Red, White and Blueberry Parfait for Toddlers

For the red layer, you can use strawberries, raspberries, or even pitted cherries (seriously, don’t leave in the pits because they’re a major choking hazard).

If you’re going the healthy route, use plain or vanilla Greek yogurt for the white layer. Looking for a super tasty, extra special treat for your toddler? Make your white layer from Cool Whip or homemade whipped cream (make it in your stand mixer with some heavy cream, a tablespoon of confectioners’ sugar with a dash of vanilla extract).

And of course, top it off with fresh blueberries for your red, white, and blue motif. Layer all your ingredients in a clear, tall glass and let your toddler dig in!

Red, White and Blueberry Smoothie for Babies New to Solids

This is such a tasty adaptation of this simple parfait recipe that’s super easy to whip up even for little eaters with few to no teeth. Take all of your ingredients from the Toddler Parfait and give it a good blend with an immersion blender to your little one’s texture preference. If you’re worried about seeds, you can even strain your smoothie with a fine strainer.

If you want to make the texture thicker, add more yogurt. To make it thinner, add a splash of formula or milk. You can also easily turn this smoothie into yogurt melts for your little one, too.

And of course, there’s no reason that these 4th of July parfaits and smoothies are just for your toddler or baby… with a recipe as simple as this, go ahead and make yourself a patriotic treat, too!

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