Monday, October 13, 2008


From the time Kaden was born, I’ve always been somewhat obsessive about his nutrition. I think this stemmed from reading so many “What to Expect…” type books while I was pregnant that stress the need for nutrition. But whatever the reason, it led to a complete nutritional overhaul for both Stu and I and from day one, for Kaden. I made his baby food, which was more out of necessity at first than nutrition. Stu and I didn’t have a lot of extra money at the time and it made sense for me to make his food than to buy the jar which were at least a dollar per jar.

Eventually this became a way for me to be sneaky and add things into his diet that he might reject otherwise. He was eating ginger root and green peppers by 8 months. Now, he’ll eat green and red peppers raw! So, now that he has moved on to feeding himself, I feel like his diet is lacking the vast array of nutrients he was getting when I made his food. Let’s face it, peanut butter and jelly doesn’t leave a lot of room for sneaky veggies in…. or does it?

Yesterday as I was going to steam some apples for him to make applesauce it occurred to me that even though he’s moved beyond the pureed food point, I can still make “jams” so to speak, so I got out the carrots and added them to the steamer. A little ginger, some olive oil, half an avocado… basically all of the “power foods” I could think of and tada! New peanut butter and jelly! So I feel better about the lack of foods he’s eating now since I can sneak!

I do think I am blessed with a good eater though. There is pretty much nothing he won’t eat. At first with new foods he may make a face, but he always ends up eating them anyway. I don’t know why he is so good at eating, but I’d like to think it was because we fed him such a variety of foods at such a young age so he expects them.

Anyway, just wanted to share my new way to fool my kid! Haha.

1 comment:

  1. LOL good way to get him to eat all sorts of things! GOOD FOR YOU AND STU!!! That's why he's got such rosy cheeks and that happy, happy smile! We are sending you a package tomorrow. Surprise for the upcoming holiday (here, that is, not there! haha) and a little "thing" for our sweet boy! Love you all...Mimi and Papa