This week in the kitchen I made Lavin a few weeks worth of baby food. I set him in his high chair and let him sample food as I cooked. Even as a baby it is important for Lavin to be in the kitchen learning about fueling his body and watching how a meal comes together. He loves seeing me add, mix and pour ingredients in the kitchen. I also let him squish around food on his high chair tray so he gets a sensory experience for his hands too.
While I am making food I tell him all about what I am doing. I tell him that the sweet potato is a vegetable from the ground and that someone had to dig it up to harvest it. We talk about the colors and the tastes. The more parents talk to children the better. Our words will teach children to express themselves. This is why it is so critical to consider your attitude about food.
I talk about how much I am enjoying food and how good it makes me feel. I do not talk about food in a negative light. In my work in school I see so many young children talking about being fat and not wanting to eat their nourishing meals because of language they have heard around food. These are the ideas they are learning by watching the adults in our lives, that’s us! Let’s teach children how to fuel their bodies so they can live active healthy lives. Food is not an enemy, it is a great joy! Let’s get our kids in the kitchen learning about food.
Here are the recipes Lavin is loving right now:
Sweet Potato and Coconut
- 1 sweet potato
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil
Cook the potato at 350 degrees until it is soft. Scoop out the inside and blend with three tablespoons of coconut oil. If the blender is having a hard time making it creamy add more coconut oil. *This one is his favorite by far!
Smoked Turkey and Avocado
- ¼ cup smoked turkey
- 1 avocado
Blend the avocado and turkey. If you need additional liquid try homemade stock or plain water.
Greens, Butternut Squash and Chicken
- 1 cup shredded chicken
- 1 butternut squash
- Handful of spinach (raw or cooked)
Cook the squash at 350 degrees until it is soft to the touch. Scoop out the insides and blend with shredded chicken and spinach. If you need additional liquid try homemade stock or plain water. If you have a weak blender blend the liquid and the spinach first then add the other ingredients.
I use the NutriBullet to process our baby food. I put the puree into a cube tray and freeze for about a day. Then I put the cubes in plastic baggies and store them in the freezer, oldest to freshest to make sure they get eaten before going bad. We organize our freezer with plastic bins to keep things organized and to contain leaks when they happen, you can find them at any store.