This week we discussed our idea to skip any kind of milk (cow’s, almond, soy, coconut) in Baby Babe’s diet and instead offer a well balanced menu full of healthy fats, calcium, and colorful fruits and veggies. We got the OK! I’m really happy that our daughter is thriving and healthy, and we have finally found a healthcare provider who listens and respects our parenting choices! I have been cutting back on the breastfeeding and offering more fatty, filling solids and I can see that she is staying full longer when I am sure to add healthy fats for toddlers and protein to her meals.
beet, raspberry, avocado, mango, kiwi, almond milk and coconut oil smoothies
Why no milk?
Through all of my years working with babies and toddlers I never imagined I would want to skip serving milk to my own child. They need those nutrients in milk, right? The fats, calcium and vitamin D… My daughter and I had great success breastfeeding, and we introduced solids when she was 5.5 months old. We are currently weaning from breastfeeding because we would like to try for Baby #2 soon, otherwise I would continue breastfeeding however long she wanted. Weaning is going well and she has been drinking water from a small regular cup, a sippy cup and a a cup with a straw for months. I started wondering about adjusting her diet to include the nutrients that milk contain and just continuing offering water as a drink. I feel confident that I can offer the nutrients that she needs through food and then I don’t have to feel worried about how many ounces of milk she drinks. I am also slightly freaked out about hormones, antibiotics and food additives in dairy, meat and eggs and how they might cause early puberty or other health concerns. This is a topic that I am learning more about and trying to keep a level head about. Here’s a great interview that I learned a lot from this week on NPR.
sneaky avocado mac and cheese
Plain pieces of avocado used to be a favorite, but lately she has been refusing it. I love the nutrition that an avocado offers so I’m sneaking it into smoothies, spreading it inside of a quesadilla, and I mixed it into mac and cheese sauce this week. It was actually delicious! It made enough for 3 servings and I popped one in the freezer.
It went over really well! It was pretty simple to make:
- Melt 2 Tablespoons of butter in a sauce pan, sprinkle on a small handful of flour, cook for a few minutes.
- Pour milk over flour and whisk out any lumps. Continue adding milk slowly until desired consistency. (I used about 1/2 cup.)
- Turn off heat and stir in 1/2 of an avocado, mashed and a handful of shredded cheese. Serve over noodles.
I have noticed that toddlers are a lot more picky than babies. Sometimes the way I serve a food will make or break the meal. I got these awesome samples from Boogin Head to try out after I heard great things from my mama friends. I love the convenience of taking a smoothie to go! We took a smoothie to music class this week because it starts right around lunch time. I blended raspberries, almond milk, coconut oil, spinach, and avocado for this one. I stuck a straw into the pouch and Baby Babe slurped down the whole smoothie! The same exact smoothie was offered at another meal and she blew it all out making a silly face. Just keep offering healthy, delicious food and try not to stress when your child rejects something! I’ve seen first hand how an adult’s attitude can ruin a meal, or worse influence the child to play games like “Lets throw everything on the ground until I get cookies for dinner!” I am not getting into that!
we love our new boogin heads!
Thank goodness for our freezer foods! I really needed to go grocery shopping after our birthday party and all we had was leftover party food and 1 egg. I made a broccoli swiss omelet, zucchini muffin with 1/2 tablespoon of melted butter and melon. She ate everything and wanted more so I gave her 2 graham crackers with peanut butter. Look at all the fat: cheese, butter and peanut butter! Our pediatrician said we don’t have to worry about giving too much fat. Toddler’s brains are basically grown from fat and they need more than adults. She mentioned that some babies are obese and shouldn’t eat full fat or added fat, but for our little one it’s great for her growing body!
Have you ever noticed that most string cheese is labeled “part skim”? I pass on those even though I love the stringy texture and I shop for full fat cheeses now. 😉
chicken strip, parm noodles with butter and smoothie
We took Baby Babe out to eat on her birthday and I ordered her chicken strips. This isn’t something she would eat everyday, but I feel OK giving chicken strips to her on occasion. The noodles were not a huge hit but she loved her smoothie made with almond milk, spinach, avocado, raspberry noosa yogurt and kiwi.
Daddy’s fried tofu cubes
My husband complained one night that he doesn’t get to cook enough. Woah woah woah! Haha I told him to go for it whenever he wants to. 🙂 He breaded some firm tofu with nutritional yeast and a pinch of Mrs. Dash then fried the cubes in a few tablespoons of coconut oil. A yummy vegetarian protein for dinner!
snacky breakfast tray
I really enjoyed sharing this fun breakfast! I served toast two ways: almond butter and double cheese. Double cheese toast had cream cheese and colby jack on top. Oh my! We both loved it! Haha Slicing the fruit into different shapes was a fun way to change it up.
For a special birthday treat I made blueberry pancakes. I don’t usually offer pancakes because they’re pretty much… cake for breakfast! I think it might be a fun birthday tradition for Baby Babe. She really loved the candle! My family has always enjoyed peanut butter on pancakes. I know some people think it’s weird but it is really good! Try it and let me know what you think! Again, the peanut butter added fat which is what I’m really trying to focus on. The fruits, veggies, protein, and carbs are easy but being conscious about adding fat is a little different for me!