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Feeding your kids can be tricky...

I've been talking to our Graphic Designer, Andy, about her struggle with getting her son to eat healthy foods. It's been an uphill battle, but she seems to have figured it out, so I asked her to share her experience with you.

Meal Planning for a 1-Year-Old

Jace Eating

I was so excited when my son turned 6 months so he could start eating something other than milk. I did all the online research, made homemade purees, and bought only the organic baby foods with no artificial ingredients...and it failed. He hated all of it. On a good day, I could maybe get him to eat a little sweet potato or apple. On a bad day, he spit everything out.

So I figured "he must just not be ready for real food yet." I thought that if I just kept trying at least once a day, he would eventually start eating better. Unfortunately, it just seemed to get worse. By about 8 months, he refused all of the purees. Luckily, I was visiting my parents at the time, and my mom suggested putting some of our strawberries in her Black & Decker food chopper so that it was in small pieces but not pureed. It worked! He ate the chopped strawberries...and even ate some chicken that way!

When we got home, I researched all the fruits and vegetables that were okay to give my son cut into small pieces (he only had about 4 teeth at the time). It worked...okay. He still wasn't super enthusiastic about eating. Then came what I like to call "The Great Food Revelation." I was eating some Turkey Chili on the couch and he was bugging me to try some. Finally I told him he wouldn't like it, but I left him lick the spoon. He loved it! I seriously could not believe it. Who had ever heard of a baby loving chili?

Jace Eating 5

That was really the turning point for us. I stopped worrying about what babies should like and started letting him try everything (as long as I could cut it up small enough to be safe). His favorites ended up being things I would never have thought to give him, like orange chicken. Another thing it taught me was that while he sometimes doesn't want a certain food on a certain day, that doesn't mean he doesn't like it. Maybe he just doesn't feel like eating banana that day, the same way we sometimes don't want to eat a certain food. So now, we just give him whatever we're eating, even if he's refused it in the past. Some foods are just an acquired taste.

Consequently, it's made me and my husband better eaters too. We can't eat anything without him wanting to try some. If I don't want my son eating junk, then we can't eat it either. So, without further adieu, here's what I feed my 1-year-old in a typical work week:

Smoothie Packs
Monday

Breakfast: Greek yogurt with blueberries, a slice of cucumber (we grew a ton in our garden this year), and a bite or two of my sprouted whole grain (SWG) toast

Morning Snack & Lunch at daycare

Afternoon Snack: Smoothie - I make smoothie packs and keep them in the freezer so it's quick and easy to throw a smoothie together.

Dinner: Awesome Crispy Orange Chicken (from Family Friendly Fat Burning Meals)

Tuesday

Breakfast: Greek yogurt with blueberries (he eats about a half serving a day, so we finish a cup in two days), cucumber, and SWG toast

Morning Snack & Lunch at daycare

Afternoon Snack: Homemade Fruit Snacks

Dinner: spaghetti with rice noodles

Wednesday

Breakfast: Greek yogurt with honey, cucumber, and SWG toast

Morning Snack & Lunch at daycare

Afternoon Snack: watermelon and cucumber

Dinner: Turkey Chili

Thursday

Breakfast: Greek yogurt with honey, cucumber, and SWG toast

Morning Snack: strawberries

Lunch: Leftover Turkey Chili

Afternoon Snack: Smoothie

Dinner: Crockpot Chicken

Real Fruit Snacks
Friday

Breakfast: Greek yogurt with strawberries, cucumber, and SWG toast

Morning Snack: Sweet Potato Fries

Lunch: Leftover Crockpot Chicken

Afternoon Snack: Homemade Fruit Snacks

Dinner: Steak Bites

Categories

  1. Healthy Eating   
       3 posts
  1. Meal planning   
       2 posts
  1. Balance   
       1 posts
  1. Cheat Day   
       1 posts
  1. Parenting   
       1 posts
  1. Clean eating   
       1 posts
  1. Gluten Free   
       1 posts
  1. Inspiration   
       1 posts
  1. Guest Post   
       1 posts

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