Monday, September 27, 2010


Blame it on the baby, blame in on the media. We've gotten a lot better about what we eat and drink in our house over the last few years. I don't need to explain why do I? If I do, just watch Food Inc., read Fast Food Nation or take a walk around the grounds at Navy Pier. America, we have a problem.

We're not perfect, I'll put that out there right away. We've made changes in healthy eating that are good for us and don't put us into debt. It's a shame that in order to eat all the stuff that's good for us, you have to pay out the nose for it.

After Abby moved away from purreed fruits and veggies, we had to come up with something to feed the child besides hot dogs. I made a promise to feed her good, healthy foods while I can, before she finds out that Twinkies exist.

Here's what she's eating these days...and loving it.
  • Hummus on wheat toast
  • Shelled edamame
  • Extra firm Tofu
  • Hearts of Palm and Artichokes
  • Guacamole
  • Cucumbers
  • Apples and Peanut Butter
  • Plain chicken breasts, broccoli
  • Peas and pasta with parmesan cheese
  • Polenta with tomato sauce
  • string cheese, chopped up
  • strawberries, apples, blueberries
  • Yogurt mixed with oatmeal
  • Craisins
I meet a lot of new moms who can't figure out how to get their kids to eat anything or they can't figure out what to make, so their kids have a diet of juice and chicken fingers. But there are a few tips you can use to plan out meals that are healthy and yummy. I'll share some down the line. But in the meantime, here are a few tips to take or leave. 

1. Start each meal with the least appealing item and end with your baby's most favorite. No sense in giving them the good stuff up front- otherwise, they won't eat the rest. 
2. Frozen vegetables and fruits are great- store and make them in 5 minutes or less
3. Make pasta (or anything!) in advance- put it in a container in the fridge and serve it multiple times a week. 
4. That whole rule about try and try again? You should try it! It works. One week Abby loves --- the next week, not so much. The next week, she loves it. Keep it up and try your best not to raise them on fries and hot dogs. Trust me, it's possible (so far anyway!).

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