As a mom the list of responsibilities seem endless. Just when you think you’ve got the baby thing down, starting solids is thrown into the mix. It’s both exciting and a little stressful at times figuring out what to feed them and keeping it mixed up so they have a variety of foods to enjoy. Evie is approaching the 10 month mark now, but I have been feeding her foods in this post since about 8 months, and plan on continuing until 12 months before changing up or anything or adding ingredients that should wait until she’s a toddler. A toddler. What?! Ah!
Evie is now a pro at chewing most (softer) solid foods and can pick up anything with her little “pincher grasp” so the purees are infrequent and the menu has broadened (it has for the dogs, too). That means I’ve been spending (even more) time in the kitchen steaming, chopping up, and preparing various combinations for Evie to eat. I try to introduce her to as many foods as possible (except for honey) to a) see if she has any allergies to anything b) get her palate used to a wide range of foods and c) lessen the chance of having allergies to foods later due to lack of exposure. I am not keeping her away from gluten just because I am gluten intolerant myself. I am however restricting plain, white, bleached type breads and other carbs that do not contain any nutritional value. Not only are they “empty calories”, but during this time in her early stages of growth providing nutritionally dense foods are even more important. It works out well since they’re too young to have discovered much if any salt or sugar (other than that naturally occurring in fruit), so that’s nice and I’d like to keep that going as long as possible! Luckily she likes everything I give her and hasn’t had any bad reactions to anything.
Here are some of the foods I give her:
As you’ve also seen on Instagram I frequently make her pancakes for breakfast. I either make banana or apple pancakes which is basically just the fruit mashed (or the apple grated) and one pasture raised egg. I add oat flour (ground up oats) to the apple pancakes. If it’s not pancakes for breakfast it’s sliced fruit (such as kiwi, peaches, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, pear, and/or banana) with a little yogurt, oats, or nut or seed butter.
Lunch is either fish like salmon or a white flaky fish, chicken, or string cheese with veggies. I steam and chop up carrots, beets, zucchini, broccoli, avocado, green beans, sweet potato, parsnips, brussel sprouts, the list goes on! Nothing is really off limits in the fruit or vegetable category. I also recently made her a grilled cheese sandwich for the first time. I picked up this bread with sprouted grains and 100% organic whole wheat. It’s certified non-GMO (and even peanut, nut, and dairy free).
Dinner time is a rice or bean-based pasta, and pretty similar to lunch. If she had fish and avocado at lunch I make sure to change it up for dinner and pick a meat or cheese and other kinds of veggies. But like she had at Easter brunch, don’t expect poached salmon and caviar very often (or ever), Evie 😉
It’s also fun to make little meatballs and veggie balls/patties that combine a grain, protein, and veg. It’s an easy way to also get creative using and introducing different types of grains, proteins, and veggies that may otherwise not be easy as finger foods on their own. It’s great to make your own food during the first year too because it will not have any additional salt or sugar like many products on the market. The boxed items (like the veggie patties) contain one additional sodium so I don’t give her too often (and it’s usually combined with something else, not the main part of the meal). Leftovers are nice too because that means less I have to do later when it’s time to eat again! I am also a big fan of frozen organic veggies because they’re already chopped so all I have to do is make sure they’re warmed up and just mushy enough for her to be able to chew it without concern. They were also likely picked, packaged, and frozen at the peak of harvest which means they can even contain more nutrients than produce traveling far distances and sitting in the store.
She’s also caught on to the sippy cup recently so she can enjoy a little water during her mealtimes. We put just 2 ounces at a time so she doesn’t fill up too much on it or dilute her food. Here’s the one we use the most:
She also enjoys dining out and of course, with friends 🙂
What do you feed your baby? Any likes, dislikes, or allergies?