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I’ve talked quite a bit about foods here on the ol’ blog, and it’s because of all of the things I wanted to do when Audrey was little, exposing her to lots of different textures, tastes, spices and more was at the top of the list. Today, Kellogg’s asked me to share some of the ways that I introduce new foods to my daughter.
(I know that there is no guarantee…my been-there, done-that friends share stories of kids who were picky eaters from the start and kids who were great eaters for 20 months then spit out anything green. Every day that Audrey eats what I put in front of her, I give myself a mental high-five and hope it keeps going.)
Because we started baby solids at six months, which encourages kids to feed themselves real foods from the beginning, introducing new foods to my daughter has been a big and fun project.
We love to play around with recipes, and get very creative to make sure that our vegetarian diets are giving us everything we need. She eats tofu, tempeh, brussels sprouts, mushrooms, beans and much more. I also try to vary textures so that she starts to understand the difference between how a banana and broccoli should taste.
One of the things I was most curious (nervous?) about was giving Audrey spices and spicy foods. Would her little palate be able to handle the hot sauce? The peppers? The curry paste?
Not only did she handle it…the girl is a spice fiend. Things that make my mouth feel on fire seem to just tickle her tongue, and she giggles and puts her hands together to sign “more, more more!”
I try not to make too big a deal of watching her eat these new foods, because I don’t want it to seem like she has to perform. And I also try to really vary the types of lunches we send to her daycare (the school actually provides lunches but I’ve asked for an exception and send our own foods in for now) so that there’s no difference in what she gets there versus home. The teachers, by the way, are a bit skeptical when they see the spicy hummus or beans and hot salsa, but they say they learn a lot from watching her chow down!
I’m a nerd who not only reads all of the studies about food, but reads the sources in the footnotes, too. Almost all of them show that the foods we pregnant and nursing moms eat PLUS what we introduce to them in the first two years is crucial in helping them develop healthy and varied food habits, so Audrey eats the rainbow every day, and as long as she’ll let me, I’ll keep putting new and fun foods in front of her.
(Just for show. She was too little for shellfish at that point! But when in Maine…)
Here’s a slideshow with some other tips (and if you like these, make sure to check out Kelloggs.com/GreatStartsTips:
Kellogg’s® believes that From Great Starts Come Great Things®. So we’re helping Moms start every day with a tip from the top athletes of Team Kellogg’s™ and Team USA dietitians. The thirty days leading up to the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games will each feature fun pieces of advice to help families fuel just like the athletes of Team Kellogg’s. To see all 30 tips, visit Kelloggs.com/GreatStartsTips
DISCLOSURE: Compensation was provided by Kellogg’s via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Kellogg’s.