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Little Foodie Babies: Tips, Tricks & Recipes!
Starting your baby on solids or getting your toddler to eat their greens are a couple of widespread parenting hurdles that we all have to cross.
I propose that it doesn’t have to be all so intimidating if we just get back to some nutritious basics.
These are just some of the things that have worked for our family. Hopefully some of our experiences and recipes will serve as a resource to you in dishing up a wholesome, magical mealtime for your own little ones as they develop their taste buds and personalties!
My Foodie Babies Throughout The Years
Click through for recipes, tips and tricks that have all become a part of our culinary routine!
Tiny portions are way less intimidating and they usually ask for seconds instead of fighting us over taking the first bite.
Click here for Babble’s Baby Feeding Guide!
How Does Your Garden Grow?
Take your little ones seasonal fruit picking, grow some of your own fruits and vegetables or support your local farmer’s markets. Making the purchase of food a fun family outing is a great way to begin your baby/toddler’s positive relationship and respect for good, nutritious food. Gardening is also a wonderful way to nurture their love for fresh food and nature, plus they learn such a valuable life skill.
Click here for 10 tips on gardening with a toddler and/or baby!
Trying New Things
I’m all about letting my little ones to try new food but the key thing is that I don’t force them to eat anything. I’m pretty vocal on suggesting they at least try something, just one bite – but I don’t get into an all-out battle with them about it. Trying new food usually works best when it’s something I’m eating too, or is a pleasing sensory experience. Textures, sharp tastes and smells, etc.
Click here for a popsicle recipe that doubles as a natural teething soother!
Breakfast of Champions
These ones love breakfast. Steel cut oats, yogurt, fruit of any kind, scrambled eggs and coconut flour or spelt pancakes are their top 4 choices.
Click here for 10 healthy breakfast recipes
Bake With & For Them
I’ve been on a steady learning path in the kitchen since having children. I’ve always been into food and cooking, but I’ve really delved into learning about nutrition and sugar-free, low carb baking. Because, as we know, sugar babies/toddlers are just not a good combo. Also, as a mom – I want to teach them the value of respecting and caring for our bodies, health and nutrition as well as a love (not fear) for delicious food.
Click here for 5 tips on baking with toddlers
Monkey See, Monkey Do
Since I do a lot of food blogging, I take a lot of pictures. My baby and toddler have gotten so used to this that my eldest will say, “take maw picther wiff this!” Or he’ll instruct his sister to say cheese. How does this get them to eat? Basically anything revolving around a fun activity involving food puts a positive spin on what can sometimes be considered a chore or a down-right melt-down fest. I still can’t get them to eat kale though. (Unless it’s baked into something or in a smoothie.) One day, one day.
Have Nutritious Snacks on The Ready
Once a week I prep up a bunch of fruit and veggies for easy snaking throughout the week. Things like pineapple, cantaloupe, watermelon, carrots and celery sticks that require some work before eating make quick grabs in the early morning or on the fly nice and easy. I also try to bake a batch of healthy muffins and cookies once a week. Cheaper and healthier, but still yummy!
Click here for a sugar and gluten free baby muffin recipe!
Smoothies = Trickery
Oh heck yes. I’m all about tricking my little ones into eating their greens. Despite what the ‘experts’ have to say about that.
Click here to learn more about getting babies and toddlers to eat their greens!
Click here for 5 quick and easy smoothie recipes
Click here for a green dinner recipe they’ll love!
Asparagus & Couscous Lovers
Asparagus has always been the one vegetable that I can count on. For whatever reason both of my little ones love it and gobble it up no coercion necessary. Same goes for whole wheat couscous. Messiest thing EVER. These are couple of my last-minute dinner side dishes that I can steam up in a flash to serve with grilled (or baked) chicken breasts or fish, faster than waiting for take-out pizza.
Making Food Fun
I’m full-on into making themed food when the occasion calls for it. I get a nerdy sense of enjoyment out of it and my kids LOVE that action.
Click here to read more on making food fun for babies and toddlers
Food is a Celebration
Since birth our babes have been subject to many a dinner party. Regular extended family dinners, music and BBQ nights with friends, big ceremony (Native) and holiday feasts are all frequent occurrences. We eat together almost every night (business/work schedules permitting) and have blessings and conversational theme traditions every meal. Even when they were too young to speak or perhaps get it – eating together and lingering over the dinner table is definitely not a foreign concept.
Pizza From Scratch
Doesn’t happen all the time (you bet I still order take-out pizza on occasion, this isn’t about being perfect) – but I’ve discovered some tricks on making pizza from scratch less intimidating and SO TASTY.
Click here for the recipe!
Play With Your Food
The old school mantra of teaching your kids to not play with their food is so yesterday. (In my humble opinion.) The more fun you have as a family at the table, the more likely your babes and toddlers will be to learn to love and look forward to mealtime!