When moving from milk to solid foods, use these tips and enjoy the pics!
MASTER TRICK! Make sure you tell your little bundle she’s a great eater. No matter what! They are too little to be deviant so all they can do is their best! They know when you are happy and if you tell them they are “great”- they will be. Sounds like magic? Nope, just psychology. It’s called positive identity development.
Let your infant explore textures in their mouths when they first ween from only milk. They are familiar with only liquid, so give them a chance. Give your baby 10 opportunities for each new food, because it can take that many exposures for them to like it.
Mess is Best! Let them explore the food with their hands too!
Let them explore the safe baby spoon. They see the family with their spoons and they want to try too.
Don’t worry that most of the food comes out instead of going in, at first. Your baby is still getting milk as their main form of nourishment at the beginning, so they won’t miss out on needed nutrients. They have a reflex called “tongue thrust”, and it pushes out the food as a safety for not choking should a larger unsafe item enter their mouth. Texture exposure is what we are after in the beginning, not nutrient intake.
Let your baby explore safe solid food, that won’t break into small pieces, so they won’t choke. Good examples are a hard carrot or sugar snap pea. They see the family eating it and want to try. This is called “Baby Lead Weaning” and it is all about following the baby’s lead. Safe food, liquid, puree or something that they won’t choke on is OK.
Our kitchen is spotlighting healthy foods in an effort to make a Nutritional “FARM”acy we can use when meal planning. Good things are in the foods we eat, and we want to know what they are. We want to know how to cook them up tasty, and as an added bonus were asking kids why they love them! So get your cutting board ready, whether you have a picky eater or athlete to feed; this week we are focusing on Bananas!
What’s in Bananas?: This fruit has B3 (Niacin) for good overall health; B6 which is good for clearing away waste; Vitamin C for immunity enhancement; and manganese which works with the vitamin C to create virus fighting substances. This fruit can give the whole body a boost! Bananas have fiber and potassium which regulate body fluids. They also contain magnesium, which is good for relaxing muscles and plays a huge role in the metabolism of food!
How To Eat Bananas: You can sautée a banana in a bit of butter with brown sugar, make frozen banana chocolate covered popsicles, and make smoothies. You can also cover them in peanut butter and roll them in chocolate for a sweet treat or roll them in Rice Krispies for breakfast sushi! Lastly, you can dip bananas in chocolate fondue.
Why Do Kids Like Bananas? “Bananas are sweet and they look delicious!” “You can make “Banana Splits!” and “You can make fruit salads with them!” Did we mention they are really easy to carry and work great for toddlers on the go?
Make sure to check out Swami Mommi on Pinterest! The “Great Desserts” board has several banana recipes to kick start the fun!
Our kitchen is spotlighting healthy foods in effort to make a Nutritional “FARM”acy we can use when meal planning. Good things are in the foods we eat, and we want to know what they are. We want to know how to cook them up tasty, and as an added bonus were asking kids why they love them! So get your cutting board ready, this week we are focusing on Carrots!
Carrots: Beta Caroten is converted into Vitamin A that is beneficial for vision and heart health. Cells are also protected. We use Vitamin K for blood clotting and the healing of wounds and to help with digestion. Chromium found in carrots helps control blood sugar levels too! It also has zinc, folate, calcium, iron and fiber.
How To Eat Carrots: One easy way is to eat carrots raw with hummus. Remember that whole carrots are difficult to digest so grate or chop them finely before eating. Carrot juice is also a great thirst quencher plus an added blood sugar stabilizer.
Why Do Kids Like Carrots? Because we can go “num num num” like Peter Rabbit, eat them with hummos, and grate them to eat in salads. Juicing carrots is a fun thing to do too!
These treats were so easy and so quick, and full of good stuff to eat like protein and antioxidants. It can also be made Gluten, Dairy and Egg-free for your little ones with sensitivities. It’s the Valentine Solution for keeping the whole family on the right track to good nutrition!
It is also a great kids’ activity; super easy so they could really do it themselves. A great way to have fun and help kids learn about cooking and sharing the Love this time of year! They will probably request these for their lunch box too….just make sure they can be kept cold. 🙂
Ingredients: 1/2 cup nutbutter (peanut, almond, cashew, etc.)
Mix well and spread into a small freezer proof dish or mold into any shape with a candy mold tray. I used a plastic tray with little hearts. (I would try silicone molds the next time to eliminate the small bit of effort I had to use with the butter knife to pop them out of the tray.)
Wrap in wax paper, boxes, or tie in a pretty bag with ribbons….that is if you can wait to eat them. Om nom nom. We ate two or three before they even got in the Valentine Box!