So after I talked about Baby Led Weaning last week, I had quite a few people ask me what exactly I have been feeding the boys. I love this topic because it gets discussions going about food. REAL food. Not only that but it helps me hit home the point about all the baby weight I lost. I didn’t “just bounce back”. I worked my butt off physically and I maintained my very healthy eating habits (except for my wine problem but that’s another post).
I think I tried to give the boys rice cereal once, until I tried it myself and realized how disgusting it was. After that I made a vow never to make them eat anything I couldn’t stomach myself. What did I gave them? Pureed Oatmeal. The real stuff. That was their first food. I then introduced the principles of baby led weaning, offering healthy choices, no pre packaged or jarred food, and let them decide how much they wanted to eat. In addition to that I also make soups, which we all love to eat. As the boys get older, I become more comfortable with offering them things like pasta and ravioli, but even then, it is always whole grain or spinach pasta and always organic and local. Am I against feeding my kids Mac n Cheese? Nope. But I’ll make it myself, it won’t be KD.
So what exactly have they been eating? Here is a list:
Bananas, Avocado, Carrots, Cucumber, Peppers, Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes/Yams, Toast with Coconut Butter, Cheese, Organic Crackers,Brown Rice, Gnocchi, Whole Grain Pasta,Turkey Meatballs and Meatloaf. Keep in mind they have worked their way UP to these things. I started introducing one new food a week at the age of 5-6 months,
Those are the foods they feed themselves. Simply offer it in sizes they can easily grasp and bring to their mouth.
Here are the things I feed them with a spoon:
Soups, soups and more soups (I will make soup out of anything-lentils, spinach, kale, cauliflower, carrots, coconut milk-you name it, I can soup it)
Cooked Egg Yolk,Greek Yogurt of all Flavors, and Coconut milk whipped cream (this stuff is simply delicious)
Now that I’m back at work, time is even more rare for me. I try to use the weekends to make my soups, boil eggs, or bake yam fries.
Pretty much anything else we eat, I offer to the boys. I am always looking for healthy alternatives, not just for them but for my husband and I also. Diet is a WAY OF LIFE. If we teach our children that healthy food is delicious, they will acquire a taste for it. Having said all that, of course you can’t control what your kids eat forever, and I’m a fan of everything in moderation. There will be times where they will beg for candy and chips and Kraft dinner, and (GASP!) even McDonald’s. I won’t be able to keep those things away from them forever. In the meantime, I do the best I can while I can do it, and hope that is enough to make them want to continue.
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