prices of foods at natural foods stores are not cheap but the one near me would often have sales. so whenever there was a sale, i would look at the items and if k can eat it, i would give it a try. that’s how i found Benitos.
i saw this online and thought they were too cute to resist! since k is allergic to strawberries per the original recipe, i used raspberries instead. also the original recipe had a marshmallow on top but to keep it completely fruit, i added another piece of banana on top. with the remaining fruit, i made a simple fruit salad with all the fruits k can eat so we all enjoyed a cute and refreshing dessert.
even though k has not read / heard the book yet, she loved how the grinch kebabs looked and wanted more!
- 8 toothpicks
- 1 serving bowl
- 1 serving plate
i was happy to share with k one of my favorite salads which included arugula, avocado, basil, mozzarella and tomatoes. –> recipe on Palatable Palette we omitted the dressing this time because we hadn’t tested each ingredient yet but i look forward to when she can experience the salad fully! Continue reading avocado caprese salad
sweet potatoes / yam and corn – what’s not to love? –> recipe on Palatable Palette bump it up a notch with the shape of mittens? yep! since i bought cookie cutters for k’s daycare cooking class but since i’m not … Continue reading sweet potato / yam corn mittens
there’s a local natural foods store that i’ve been dependent on recently that i purposely roam through the aisles to see if i can find anything that k can eat. as i have been searching for dry snacks for k’s daycare snack time, i found these: Real Foods’ Corn Thins. since it’s a processed food, i have to depend on the labels and according to its packaging, it is made from all natural ingredients, gluten free and non GMO.
in expanding k’s food rainbow palette, i added plums to her diet. the darker the color the better and a little soft but not bruised. when introducing plums, i steamed them first.
- small food storage container
- 1 plum, pit removed
- 1 inch water
we often see parents feed babies apple sauce. it makes sense since the introduction to most foods, including apples, have to be cooked. i hadn’t made apple sauce before but on my first attempt at preparing apples, i boiled it for too long and voila, it became apple sauce!
- 1 organic apple
since i was planning to start k on fruits, it might as well be the healthiest of all fruits: the apple! there is such a variety of apples (macintosh, golden delicious, gala, fuji, pink lady, etc.) so which do you choose?
- i look for the choices of organic apples because unfortunately, apples have consistently been on the “dirty dozen” list *read note 1.
- i look for the type that is less sweet: i.e. Honey Crisp apples are very sweet where as Granny Smith apples have a nice tart flavor. so i started k on Granny Smith apples.
carrots are also a favorite for new eaters because of it’s sweetness and as expected k loved it. carrots do have to be cooked longer so that it is very soft – if you don’t make it soft enough and grind it, little pieces can get stuck in baby’s little throat and cause him/her to choke.
sticking to the less sweet vegetables and fruits, we decided the next item to feed k is the avocado.
during the first two years of the baby’s life, fat is important for baby’s brain development so avocado is a good choice.
it has monounsaturated fats, which are considered as healthy fats as well as omega-3 fatty acids.
cooking tools Continue reading “introducing new foods: avocado”
the next vegetable we chose was the potato. potatoes are easy to find, have many ways to prepare and also pairs well with other fruits and vegetables. if anyone (including baby) is suffering from diarrhea *see note 1. it can help so there were many reasons for our choice.
when i think of green beans for kids, i think of soft olive colored overcooked 1-inch beans. i didn’t want to serve that to my child – after all, the nutrients would have been cooked away!
so i made sure i didn’t overcook the beans but that means after i cook them, i need to put it in the food processor for a litter longer to make sure they are ground into fine shreds since baby can’t chew yet. but remember you can save the water used to cook the beans so you don’t lose any of the nutrients! Continue reading “introducing new foods: green beans”