Saturday, February 18, 2012

What does your baby eat?

Maybe it's just me, but I get stuck on figuring out different foods to feed my one year old, so things can get a little receptive. I figure if I post an example of some of the foods Oliver likes to eat, maybe some other moms (or dads, if any read this) will share some ideas on new and tasty baby-friendly foods to give my little boy.

Since he has totally weaned himself off breast milk and all his nutrients come from solid foods, I try to make them as nutrition packed as possible (excluding the rice snacks. Those are basically just expensive packages of air, but he loves his snacky treats)

Oliver still can't have dairy or gluten and is extremely picky about what meat he will eat, so his day usually includes some (or all) of these:

 - Millet bread toast with coconut oil and nutritional yeast (by far his favorite snack. Nutritional yeast has a sort of salty tangy taste that many people use as a cheese substitute in recipes. It's loaded with thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, B6, B12, and folic acid)

- Fresh blueberries, strawberries, and bananas (it all has to be organic or he will have a reaction to the pesticides)

 - Smoothies made with banana, sunflower butter, almond milk, and cocoa powder

- Turkey sandwiches with oatmeal bread and veganaise 

- Applegate organic grass-fed beef hotdogs

 - Homemade soup, usually with lots of organic vegetables and a little chicken 

 - Hummus by the spoonful

- Coco Cassava bars

- Organic baby food pouches. The cost adds up, but it's extremely convenient, he loves to feed himself the pouches, and his skin just glows from getting so many fruit and vegetables everyday. I just view it as an investment in his future health as an adult. 

 These are brands I love:

- Rice snacks

Those are basically the standards in his diet (plus a little of whatever I eat). Any ideas on how to mix things up? Do your kids have a favorite food Oliver might like?


Shirlee said...

Hannah's absolute favorite food on this entire planet thus far is birthday cake. With that said, her other favorites are: regular rice, rice noodles with whatever sauce (meat, tomato, etc.), rice crackers with fake cheese, pickles, raw onion, cooked carrots (unless you feel brave enough to go raw), cucumber slices, red pepper slices, tomato slices, avocado, soy yogurt, fruits galore (by that I mean all the fruits the grocery store has to offer), broccoli, celery (veggie tales), eggs, rice pizza, and vegetable soup. These are Hannah's favorite foods (substitute rice pizza for wheat pizza, fake cheese for real, soy for dairy).

Samantha said...

Ava is only 7 months, but so far she loves banana, avocado, broccoli, apple, toast (or any bread really), rice, and kiwi.
We are following baby-led weaning, so she is just going to get softer, manageable sized bits of food that I am eating. Aside from allergens, there really isn't much that you can't offer to him, even spiced and seasoned food. The earlier you offer such flavors, the more likely he will enjoy them as he gets older. You could also check out ohdeardrea's blog, for what she feeds her vegan (14? month old)

eddie would go said...

So Behr is barely one. He drinks water and eats three meals a day with us. I pack a mini magic bullet cup with food and spin it, usually what we are having. Spagetti meal with whatever veggie we are having, chicken soup, rice and beans, well rice and anything. Often I cook up a little pot of sweet potatoes, carrots, peas, and whatever other veggies we have around and process that, maybe stick a chunk of meat in it. I had a gluten free c.hild for a while. We love tater tots for breakfast (ones with no additives) and ate tons of beans

aliann said...

By the time my kids are one year old, they are pretty much eating all the same things the rest of us eat. We go through tons of fresh fruit in our house - berries, apples, pears, bananas, peaches, plums, grapes, cantaloup, watermelon, I pretty much buy whatever is in season and they goggle it up. My boys both love steamed broccoli, and everybody's very favorite healthy snack is frozen peas! They will eat them warmed up, but they all absolutely love frozen peas. We also eat a lot of cheese and yogurt which of course are dairy, but I guess there are soy versions on those. They also like to snack on peanuts and sometimes pecans.
Hope you are able to find some good treats for him!

Joy said...

My kids love whole chickpeas or other beans as a snack or a lunch. Warmed up a bit and sometimes mixed with a bit of ketchup, but usually plain. Beans have so much good nutrition! Other than those we eat lots of fruit - clementines are a favorite, cut up in little pieces for my one-year old, using scissors, which work way better than a knife! Smoothies are also a great way to work in all kinds of good stuff. We like blueberry, spinach, banana and orange juice especially.