I’ve wanted to participate in Munchkin Meals for a really long time now, but I just haven’t gotten around to doing it. (And already I’m a day late here…I started this yesterday, but couldn’t finish.) I still really haven’t totally participated because I don’t have that many pictures to share.
For some reason I just feel like meal time is so crazy, so I’m not snapping pics. When we started with food it was a huge deal of stress for me. We started oatmeal at 5 months…but took MANY breaks because she was just not ready or into it. Eventually around 6-6.5 months it got slightly easier. I stopped stressing about it and then Olivia took to more food.
I didn’t go baby led weaning approach. I just wasn’t comfortable with it. I did purees because thats what worked for us. I borrowed a baby food maker from my friend Ashely and got to making purees.
My favorite ones to make have been:
- zucchini & bananas (I add the banana after the zucchini was steamed and pureed)
- broccoli, cauliflower, applesauce
- sweet potatoes
Generally I’ll mix the purees with oatmeal or yogurt. Liv is obsessed with yogurt. I give her organic whole yogurt from Trader Joe’s. (It’s impossible to find whole greek yogurt.) Occasionally she’ll steal some of my plain chobani, but I try to keep it organic most of the time.
Breaking it down by meal…
- oatmeal mixed with puree (I still use baby oatmeal. I mix it with water and cinnamon.)
- Yogurt with puree and ground flax
- egg & ezekial bread
- pancakes or french toast (if it’s the weekend)
Lunch: (can be a combo of any)
- yogurt mess (if she hasn’t had any yet) I usually mix in yogurt, veggie purree and ground flax
- applegate farms turkey
Whatever we are eating she eats. Some examples are below, but she’ll really mostly eat anything. (For now, although I hear the picky toddler days are a coming!)
- Homemade pizza
- chicken sausage
- grilled veggies
Snack is usually on the go and it’s usually a pouch. My favorite brands are plum organics, happy baby and ella’s kitchen. We also do the crushers from Trader Joe’s. I like these because they aren’t too messy and she can hold it herself.
Typically in a day she eats breakfast, lunch, dinner and a snack between lunch and dinner. The only thing she hasn’t eaten is peanut butter and shellfish. Those are off limits until a year I believe. (Have to check with my pediatrician.) When Dan’s home (and eating constantly) she’ll basically eat whatever he’s eating. She’s not so interested in my food. Although she did try almond butter from my bowl the other day. She’s already had almonds in almond meal form in a blueberry muffin in small amounts, so I know she’s fine with it.
Olivia is still a bit picky about texture so she doesn’t really love grains like rice & quinoa or beans yet (unless it’s in hummus form). I’ll keep working on that though!
I’m sure I’ll have more to share as she continues to get older and explore more foods. For now, it’s not that exciting, but I still wanted to share!
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