Starting Solids- Week 18 Progress

Another week down and A is still going strong.

Here is a detailed look at the process of introducing solids to a baby by giving her real foods in a variety of flavors and textures.

This week brought the addition of things like Corned Beef (I didn’t mess with the cabbage because the texture was a bit on the tough side), red wine vinegar, dried mint, quinoa and…(I’m so excited about this)…ice cream! Now I know you’re probably shaking your head and thinking to yourself “this gal was so gung-ho about trying to get her kid to prefer healthy foods and now she’s throwing ice cream into the mix!” I understand where you’re coming from but hear me out.

Here is a detailed look at the process of introducing solids to a baby by giving her real foods in a variety of flavors and textures.

I want to introduce A to a whole variety of flavors, textures, etc. and this includes temperatures! While our primary focus is healthy, real foods and especially fruits and veggies, I think it’s also important to allow A to have some treats here and there in moderation. If I completely shield her from the less healthy foods that are so readily available to kids then what happens the first time she’s at a birthday party or anywhere for that matter and is allowed to have them? The way I see it, if I allow her to sample the treats as well and teach her to make good choices the majority of the time and to still enjoy the delicious, not-so-healthy things in moderation once in a while, this will hopefully equip A to no overdo it when it’s time for her to make those decisions. I recognize that kids will be kids, but I’m not opposed to a treat periodically along with A’s mostly healthy diet. On a side note I think the ice cream felt great on A’s teeth so there’s a plus (she loved it, as expected).

Here is a detailed look at the process of introducing solids to a baby by giving her real foods in a variety of flavors and textures.

Funny story, one night while we were eating dinner, Justin proceeded to tell me that A’s teachers mentioned that she didn’t really give her broccoli much love at lunch that day. They seemed to think she didn’t like it. This was especially amusing considering the fact that A was devouring her broccoli as we were having that conversation and even demanded more! It’s possible that she was simply getting full when they offered it, but it makes me wonder how they are preparing their broccoli. I do ours a variety of ways, but most often I add some olive oil and a bit of salt and pepper (I try not to go too heavy on the salt for foods that A eats and in general, but I always make sure our food is well-seasoned and tasty before I serve it). I also make sure that the broccoli is cooked long enough that it’s very easy for A to chew. Some people may consider this over-cooked, but J and I don’t mind. Given that most people and places assume that kids will only eat bland foods, I have to wonder if they don’t really season the food they serve the kids at daycare and if she is rejecting it because she’s used to it tasting better. At the same time, she ate broccoli with out any other flavors for a while and had just as much enthusiasm as she does now. All of this is speculation and there could be any number of reasons she denied it. I am definitely over-thinking it, so I’ll file this away as a fluke and keep my eyes and ears open for future food concerns.

Here is a detailed look at the process of introducing solids to a baby by giving her real foods in a variety of flavors and textures.

Vegetables that A likes:

  • Green beans
  • Butternut squash
  • Sweet potato
  • Avocado
  • Peas
  • Leeks
  • Carrots
  • Zucchini
  • Asparagus
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Kale
  • Endive
  • Beets
  • Broccoli
  • Spinach
  • Parsnips
  • Swiss Chard
  • Red Bell Pepper
  • Baked Beans
  • Cauliflower
  • Potatoes
  • Onions
  • Cucumbers
  • Corn

Legumes:

  • Refried Beans
  • Hummus
  • Baked Beans

Fruits the A likes:

  • Bananas
  • Apples
  • Pears
  • Peaches
  • Mango
  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries
  • Tomatoes (raw and sauce)
  • Raspberries
  • Blackberries

Grains/Starches that A likes:

  • Oatmeal cereal
  • Farro
  • Rice
  • Pancakes
  • French Toast
  • Cornflakes
  • Multigrain cereal
  • Rice Krispies
  • Whole wheat baguette
  • White baguette
  • Seminola pasta (beef ravioli, spagetti and penne)
  • Pierogies
  • Quinoa

Dairy that A likes:

  • Cheddar cheese
  • Feta
  • Havarti with Dill
  • Crumbly Blue
  • Mozzerella
  • Yogurt
  • Ice Cream (black raspberry, cherry and chocolate)

Meats that A likes:

  • Chicken (light  and dark)
  • Beef (ground, slow roasted, steak)
  • Pork (ribs and tenderloin)
  • Turkey (deli and ground)
  • Ham

Fish that A Like:

  • Haddock
  • Salmon

Herbs and Spices that A Likes:

  • Thyme
  • Rosemary
  • Parsley
  • Cinnamon
  • Garlic Powder
  • Cilantro
  • Chili Powder
  • Cumin
  • Onion Powder
  • Fennel Seeds
  • Dill
  • Paprika
  • Black Pepper
  • Mint

Other items:

  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Red Wine Vinegar
  • Coconut Oil
  • Olive Oil
  • Butter

Food that we’re still working on:

  • Lentils

For more on starting solids with A, check out this index.

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