Sunday, February 8, 2015

What Does My 10 Month Old Eat in a Week?


Coming up with new ideas for meals can be hard, and it is really easy to get stuck in a rut. Believe me, I know. I try very hard to make Grace three real-food meals a day, but often come up short on ideas and time. In the past month I have started to collect different recipes in the hopes to vary her meals as much as possible. It is very important to me to expose her to as many different flavors and textures as I possibly can in the hopes of continuing her good eating habits.

We have been lucky up to this point as Grace eats what we eat. She loves spicy foods, garlic hummus, green vegetables, beans, and salmon. The only foods she has not tried are honey, due to the botulism risk, shellfish, and peanut/tree nut products. Even though there is no history of food allergies in our family I am terrified of Grace having a nut allergy. I  have introduced almonds, but still do not have the courage to try peanuts. At the rate I am going we will be standing in the ER parking lot when she tries her first bite of peanut butter, and I really, really do not want to be that mom.

To help give you some ideas of healthy meals for your little ones I took pictures of everything I made for Grace to eat this week with a couple of exceptions. Enjoy!


How Do I find Time to Make all of These Meals?
  1. Make a conscious effort to offer healthy meals - Nutrition is very important to me in my own life, and I try very hard to be conscious of what I put into my own body. I believe that good nutrition helps keep a person healthy, both physically and mentally, so naturally, it is important to me to cultivate Grace's palette towards healthy and nutritionally-rich foods. We have all heard the statistics on heart disease, type-2 diabetes, and childhood obesity. These statistics coupled with the fact that children learn their eating habits early in life are what keep me motivated to continue busting my butt in the kitchen everyday.
  2. Find a great resource - I get ideas for meals from all over the web, but I love Little Grazers website. I found it when we began baby led weaning with Grace and have been using their recipes ever since.
  3. Cut corners where you can - I make most of Grace's food from scratch, but I do rely on frozen vegetables quite a bit. It is much easier to throw some frozen vegetables in the microwave for 30 seconds instead of steaming a whole head of broccoli, especially when your child is screaming for food.
  4. Make meals ahead of time - I often throw lunch for the next day in the oven when I am done making dinner. It cooks while we eat, and the next day I have lunch waiting in the fridge when we return from running our errands. 
  5. Embrace Leftovers - Leftovers are a great way to ensure a healthy quick meal. When I make pancakes I always make a big batch and have Grace eat them throughout the week for quick breakfasts before classes. I just throw a pancake in the toaster and it is heated in a minute or so. Grace also eats a lot of hard boiled eggs. I can make a bunch at a time, and they are a quick and easy source of protein.

How I Got My Child to Eat What We Eat.
When we first introduced Grace to solid food at the age of 5 months we did so following the baby led weaning method. The premiss behind baby led weaning is that children learn healthy eating habits by being in charge of their own food. Instead of spoon feeding a child purees, you give them large chunks of table foods that they can pick up, lick, and explore. The child is completely in charge of their meal. They decide what to eat, when to eat it, and when they are done. The hope is that they will become less picky eaters and learn to follow their own body's cues when they are full. Because baby led weaning has a heavy emphasis on self-feeding the child gets to practice their hand eye coordination, chewing, and motor skills before their traditionally fed counterparts. This allows them to to eat a variety of table foods at a younger age. Grace will eat anything I put in front of her now without gagging. Having her eat what we do makes meal time so much easier, especially at restaurants.


What About Formula and Snacks?
We offer Grace water with every meal. She is working on using an open cup unassisted. However, she does get three 8 oz bottles of formula a day as well; one when she wakes up, one at nap time, and one a bedtime. Grace set this schedule for herself at around 8 months, I had nothing to do with it. Until then I fed on demand. Remember that formula or breast milk is still the child's main source of nutrition until they are a year old.

We also offer Grace snacks though out the day when she signs for food or seems grumpy for no particular reason. Here is what we normally offer for snack:
- Beans
- Mixed Vegetables
- Leftovers
- Sprouted Grain Crackers and Cheese
- Teething or Cereal Bars  (When we are out of the house)


What Does a Typical Week Look Like?

Day 1

Breakfast: Cottage Cheese and Oatmeal Berry Pancakes with Whole Milk Greek Yogurt

Lunch: Bean and Cheddar Cheese Enchiladas with Avocado Slices

Dinner: Buffalo Chicken, Quinoa, and Mixed Vegetables



Day 2

 Breakfast: Sprouted Grain French Toast and Strawberry and Banana Pieces

Lunch: Avocado, Tomato, and Cheddar Cheese Quesadilla with Steamed Broccoli

Dinner: Chicken and Beef Fajitas (We went out for Mexican food so I did not get a photo)


Day 3

Breakfast: Scrambled Eggs and Leftover Pancakes

Lunch: Black Beans, Avocado, and Brown Rice

Dinner: Tortilla Crusted Tilapia, Avocado, and Quinoa with Cilantro


Day 4

Breakfast: Sprouted Grain Toast Topped with Almond Butter and a Banana

Lunch: Whole Wheat Tortilla with Garlic Hummus and Black Beans

Dinner: Barbecue Chicken, Smashed Potatoes, and Broccoli


Day 5

 Breakfast: Cauliflower and Cheese Bites and Hard Boiled Egg

Lunch: Salmon, Brown Rice, and Mixed Vegetables

Dinner: Chicken Curry with Brown Rice, Mixed Vegetables, and Unsweetened Coconut 


Day 6

Breakfast: Sprouted Grain Panini with Fresh Mozzarella, Tomato, and Basil, and Hard-Boiled Egg


Lunch: Whole Wheat Pasta Topped with Cheddar Cheese, Black Beans and Mixed Vegetables

Dinner: Sriracha Lime Chicken, Quinoa, and Sweet Potato "Fries" (Sorry, not picture)


20 comments:

  1. This is a great post! Thanks! Where do you buy the whole milk greek yogurt and what is the brand?The link didn't work. I can't seem to find it anywhere!

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    1. Sorry about that, links are working now. For Greek yogurt I use Fage Total and buy it at Whole Foods.

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    2. I don't have a whole foods where I live, I buy Stonyfield Organic whole milk/Greek yogurt. You can find it at Wal-Mart or Market basket

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  2. where can I get the recipes to these meals please?

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  3. where can I find the recipes to these meals please?

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  4. in particular the "Lunch: Bean and Cheddar Cheese Enchiladas with Avocado Slices"

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  5. Do babies know how to chew the larger pieces by instinct? I still cut up the food into pea-sized pieces for our little guy. He is 9.5 months and loves feeding himself. I worry about choking of course.

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  6. My 10 month old son has 2 teeth on bottom and 2 growing in on top. I already feed him foods but am scared to give him everything. Does your daughter eat this is as is? Do you cut it up for her? Hes not good with spoon/fork yet.

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  7. I know I'm late to this but this you have really encouraged me! I've been looking for ideas for my sweet boys bfast! What's the recipe for the oatmeal berry pancakes?

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  8. Does your baby eat pretty much all of what you give them? Looks like a lot more than my 10 month old eats at once...

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  9. Does your baby eat pretty much everything you give them? My 10 month old doesn't usually eat as much as I see you give your baby...

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  10. Fantastic eater you have! I'm following in your footsteps, but I gotta know: does grace eat those whole portions?!$&@ my babe could/would never finish so much in a meal. And that's ok, because I don't push it, and I know she's getting lots of nourishing breast milk. But the 'comparer mum' in me just has to know.
    On a side note, my baby eats better than me and my husband! I'm going to publish a book called 'the Baby's Guide to Dieting' because if we all ate what baby eats we would be so healthy, and lose a ton of weight, I'm sure! Hahaha

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  11. I prep food such as spaghetti, lasagna, mixed vegetables, chopped fruit among others but my 9 1/2 month old can't grasp the food well so not much is going in his mouth though he tries to grasp and place pieces in his mouth so he eats a little. I'm concerned about his intake. What would you recommend doing?

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  12. Would love recipes for some of these!

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  13. I'm trying to start my 6 month old on real foods now that he has been eating pureed options since 4 months. He still gets his main nutrition from bottle feedings but seems less interested these days. So far he has only rejected one food and that was pureed peas (I don't blame him, they're gross!). He doesn't have teeth yet so I'm really not sure what to give him other than purees. I noticed that some of the foods you give your child are ones that aren't recommended until 12 months such as eggs and cow's milk. What is your take on that?? I'm trying egg yolks today and will see how that goes. Any tips on introducing a wider variety of foods for a baby without teeth? Thanks!

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  14. Can you tell me what spices you use?

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  15. My 10 month old only has biting teeth 4 on top and 4 on bottom. How can your child hew these foods does she have more teeth or just gum things. For example, I worry about giving my child grilled chicken because I don't feel he could chew it before swallowing.

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  16. THIS ARE REALLY GREAT IDEAS MY BABY JUST WANT TO EAT JUNK FOOD AND SHE IS ONLY 12 MONTHS, I HAVE TWO TEENS AT HOME I ALREADY FORGET WHAT KIND OF FOOD THEY EAT AT WHAT AGE LOL. GREAT THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!!

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  17. can you post some of your recipes?

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  18. What is that thing in her yogurt? How goes she fed her self yogurt?

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