It was important to me from the start to instill a love of fruits, veggies and whole grains in my baby, and avoid all things artificial, sugar and salt. I really loved Dr. Greene's book Feeding Baby Green. For times when I was in a rut or stumped on what I'd feed my baby for a meal, I kept this printout on hand. (It also came in handy when making out my grocery list.)
Puree lentils with brown rice – together they make a complete protein.
Puree cauliflower with veggies like spinach, carrots, asparagus or green beans.
½ of a banana slice
Steam or lightly grill green beans with olive oil and garlic. Could also add sautéed mushrooms or roasted red peppers.
Steam broccoli, green beans or asparagus. Can season with butter, garlic and herbs.
Slices of green, red, orange and yellow bell peppers with hummus, cottage cheese, or guacamole for dipping.
Quartered cherry tomatoes with hummus, cottage cheese, or guacamole for dipping.
Small pieces sautéed/steamed/grilled broccoli, peas, carrots, green beans (keep frozen on hand).
Applegate Farms Organic Hot Dogs – quarter lengthwise
Sweet potato fries
Pieces of string cheese
Diced carrot (soft-cooked)
Grilled cheese sandwich torn into pieces
Diced seedless watermelon
Pieces of muffin
Mashed cooked beans
Pieces of whole-wheat pita
Pieces of veggie burger
Bite-sized pieces of cheese ravioli (or squash ravioli, etc.)
Whole-wheat waffles torn into pieces
Fill a compartmentalized tray/plate/muffin tin/ice cube tray with a dipping sauce (such as applesauce, yogurt, jam, pureed fruit/veggies, hummus or guacamole) and foods such as:
Steamed cubed sweet potatoes
Half slices bananas
Half slices soft-cooked carrots
Diced soft-cooked green beans
Bite-sized pieces wheat toast
Always include 1 green veggie, a second veggie, a whole grain, a protein and a fruit.
Good green veggies: salad, broccoli, peas, green beans, spinach
Put baby in high chair and let feed self.
Beyond Finger Foods:
Salad with dressing on the side for dipping
Elbow macaroni in spaghetti sauce (easier than spaghetti noodles)
½ ear corn on the cob
Get creative at restaurants!
Sushi – like single-ingredient maki rolls with cucumber or avocado.
Mild, coconut-based curry soup or over rice.
Falafel dipped in tzatziki sauce.
Make faces on pancakes with cut-up fruits and on sandwiches with cut-up veggies. Or cut them into shapes.
Choose a color theme for each meal:
Red – tomatoes, red bell peppers, watermelon, strawberries
Orange – carrots, sweet potatoes, squash, cantaloupe
Yellow – yellow bell peppers, bananas, yellow tomatoes
Purple – beets, plums, berries
Pineapple sorbet (puree ripe pineapple and freeze)
Strawberry frozen yogurt
100% frozen fruit bars
Baked fruit with oats and brown sugar
Fruit and yogurt parfait
Fruit breads (wheat flour)
Graham crackers and wafer cookies (natural ingredients)