NOW: I mentioned in a previous post about veggies steaming on the stove. I wanted to share a little about what we feed the kids. I really buy in to the motto that Gerber has going right now: Start Healthy, Stay Healthy. I am not the most healthiest person in the world. I don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables, I eat too many snacks. I’m trying to be better. I want my kids to be better. So far, it’s working out pretty well. For them, anyway. A lot of moms I know or have seen on blogs or message boards feed their kids what they eat. It’s simpler. And if you’re a healthy-eating mom, it works out well.
According to statistics, kids are not getting anywhere near enough fruits and vegetables. Like 80% of kids under 2. I think you’ve got to get ’em when they’re young! They don’t know any better. And they have to eat what you give them! Of the kids that do get vegetables daily – the number 1 veggie consumed? French Fries. Vegetables already not that high in vitamins, dunked in oil and made crispy. Now, I happen to absolutely love french fries. So do the twins. There’s nothing wrong with french fries. Unless it’s the child’s main/only vegetable.
It’s true what they say too; you have to keep trying. When the twins were really little, just trying out solid foods, we tried many different things. Mushrooms were one thing that did not go over too well. We kept making them, like every other week, and we kept offering them (along with other veggies we knew they already liked). We tried them a lot and still no takers. However, when they got a little older, around a year and a half, I had mushroom pizza. They wanted to try it. Lo and behold! They liked the mushrooms and will usually eat them now. Or pancakes. For the longest time they would not eat pancakes. Or Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwiches. Or grilled cheese sandwiches. But I kept making these things week after week. I tried putting them into different shapes – like strips instead of little bites, or triangles instead of rectangles. It took a lot of patience. Now, they will usually eat these things also. Especially pancakes. Especially with just a tiny bit of “dip! dip!” (maple syrup). And if they didn’t eat the main dish I was offering, they still had their vegetables and fruit to eat. I threw out a lot, or saved it for another day, another try. But it’s worth it (so far).
At my house, I still make the kids “baby food”. We never bought jarred baby food. Not that there’s anything wrong with it, but making our own insured that we knew what went into it, what portions we wanted, and saved us a TON of money. We would steam the vegetables once a week and them puree them to the consistency we wanted, either using the food processor or the stick blender. (That one is just an example of what I’m talking about.) This is basically what we still do today. But without the puree-ing. Once a week, I take 4-6 different kinds of vegetables, chop them up (if necessary), and steam them.