Last week I was at Starbucks and there was a group of moms together with their babies in strollers. One of the babies had what looked like a plastic tube that he was waving around and sucking on. The tube fell on the floor so I picked it up and handed it to the mom who had not noticed.
“Excuse me,” I said, “your baby just dropped this.” She looked at me and smiled, then said, “thanks, but it’s actually food,” and tossed it in the garbage.
I honestly have no idea what it was. It looked and felt like styrofoam.
I want to be very clear that I’m not judging. What works for one mom does not work for another. Not all children should eat the same things.
That said, I have noticed that a lot moms like to give their babies heavily processed and packaged food. I personally don’t think this is the best idea.
Okay, perhaps I’m judging at bit.
When something comes out of a package in the shape of an animal, is brightly coloured or has ingredients you can’t pronounce, chances are it is better left on the shelf.
I have been trying my hardest to keep Noble’s diet as clean as possible. I have been careful not to “label” him as a vegan or vegetarian. It’s not about what he can’t eat but rather what he can. The focus is on high quality, fresh, organic food.
Simply, he eats what we eat.
Vegetables. Fruit. Beans. Lentils. Nut butters. Oatmeal. Brown rice. Quinoa. Brown rice or quinoa pasta. Wild organic salmon. Organic yogurt. Goat cheese. Water. Nut milks. Of course he eats other things, but these foods make up the basis of his diet.
So what do we eat in a day?
If I’m working from home or it’s the weekend I get up and we have lemon water and green juice together. His favourite greens is Green SuperFood but he also enjoys Genuine Health Greens+. I will then make us a smoothie which he will have with sprouted Ezekiel toast and usually almond or sesame seed butter.
Or we have oat bran which takes five minutes to cook, this includes the four and a half minutes to boil the water. I will add a nut butter, cinnamon and goji berries or raisins. I top it with hemp seeds and a bit of organic yogurt.
On the days I go to the office I make us both overnight oats. It’s basically the same recipe as above but I soak the oats overnight in a nut milk and will sometimes throw in fruit, nuts, acai or cacao powder.
Since it’s the middle of February, which means cold, snow and more cold, my favourite thing to eat for lunch is soup. I’m obsessed. Most Sunday’s are soup Sunday’s in our house and I make at least one or two soups for the week. So for lunch Noble will have soup or leftovers from dinner the night before.
Snack time is usually fruit, veggies and homemade hummus or a rice cracker with nut butter.
Dinnertime is always different. We do tend to eat seasonally and because it is the middle of winter I like warm comfort foods. Vegetarian chili. Curries. Fresh inspired rice bowls. Pastas. Wraps. Meeting the criteria of simple and quick is key.
Being a holistic nutritionist and a working mom means that food comes first in my house. I believe it truly has to be a priority or it will not happen. In order to keep our healthy eating habits, as annoying and time consuming as it can be, meal planning and grocery shopping has to happen every weekend. As I have shared Saturday morning is usually the time I set aside to review our schedule for the week and plan out our weekly menu and grocery list accordingly.
It’s always important to do what works best for you and your family. I do think, especially at such a young age, it’s important to remember that the food you are feeding your children is their foundation. When they are so little and developing so quickly, we need to make sure they are getting the very best nutrition possible.
As they are growing they are also developing habits. If you instill healthy habits from a young age they are going to enjoy healthy food. It is much easier to teach a one year old how to love broccoli then it is to teach a five year old. Training their taste buds to like real food instead of teasing them to think it should be sugar or salt covered is important.
Healthy habits start from a young age. Set your child up for success by starting them on the right track.
What do you feed your one year old? What problems have you faced trying to keep your child on a healthy diet? How do you handle the pressure or questionable looks when you try to explain why your baby does not eat animal crackers? I would love to hear your thoughts below.
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