I get asked frequently for different ideas to feed kids and babies eating solids. I always lean on the side of simple for everything I prepare. Parents often have little or no time to make elegant fancy snacks and that is all the more reason to use whole foods more often- less work!
Now is a good time to start thinking about what fruits you want to stock up on in the summer. They get quite expensive during the winter, and although I’m a fan of eating seasonally, frozen fruit is an ideal snack for kids and for smoothies. Try a bowl of frozen blueberries instead of ice cream for your next movie night.
My dessert tonight (excuse the imperfect iPhone pics):
Organic zucchini cake from scratch with hemp hearts, Camino cocoa and trader joes chocolate chips!
Harper’s dessert tonight: (10 months old)
Our own frozen fruit from local summer supply and Costco organic mango chunks.
Takes about 30min to thaw which is perfect to break up the digestive process from dinner. ALWAYS eat your fruit alone is possible. Yum!
A simple way to increase the immune boosting nutrients little ones need! Next time you make fruit purees, add a handful of spinach and some high quality superberry vitamin C powder. During the winter you may also want to supplement a quality vitamin D3 if your children don’t see much sun. Please use the recommended intake as per the bottle instructions or health care provider. If there is extra illness in the air, or you notice it coming on I wouldn’t hesitate to throw in a drop or two of echinacea.
My personal favorite recipe for one serving:
Half an organic pear
Half an organic apple
Handful fresh organic spinach (Costco)
2 drops of liquid D3 (health store)
1/8 tsp of camu camu powder (bulk foods or health store)
Steam fruit lightly (the least amount of heat and water, just to soften). Blend all ingredients until desired consistency and serve warm or cold. Taste it! It’s awesome. At Christmas I might try beets to make a green and red dip for pancakes or french toast. HOW FUN!
30lb of berries make 1lb of powder – 12 times the RDA in ONE TEASPOON!!!!!
For 7 Months +
Makes about two to three portions (3-4oz)
Lentils, my new favorite addition to meals
1/4c organic lentils
1 organic or garden potato, peeled and cubed
2 tbsp fresh tomato, tomato sauce or homemade salsa (optional)
1 organic or garden carrot, diced
other optional veggies include onion, zucchini or peppers
Place everything in a saucepan and add enough water just to cover. Bring to boil, set temperature to low and cover for about 30 minutes. Veggies will be soft and you can then puree or mash to baby’s desired consistency. Try it yourself! I need to make a big person version!
My favorite re-use – old baby jars I got for free.
*adapted from What to Expect the First Year’s Lentil Stew Recipe