Thursday, January 14, 2010

Food, Glorious Food

We always dreaded the 1-year transition from bottles to sippy cups and formula to whole milk. The best way to do it...cold turkey! It probably also helped that Vivian had the nasty stomach flu. After she got better, we didn't introduce formula or bottles. We just started something new. She's been on whole milk for a couple of weeks now and is finally taking to it, although she doesn't drink the 16-24 oz that is recommended. She's getting her calcium from other sources.

We went to the ped's office a couple of days ago for an H1N1 booster and a weight check. Poor kid lost a full pound in the last month due to the flu and transition. She has a great appetite and we're always trying to think of new foods for her to try.

Here's a sample menu on a typical day:
Breakfast - Milk, 1 frozen gluten-free waffle, 1/2 of a banana diced up (and maybe some melon like this morning), and sometimes 1 scrambled egg yolk.
Snack - Gluten-free yogurt, jar of pureed fruits/veggies and a Mum Mum (gluten-free toddler cracker)
Lunch - Milk, jar or two of pureed fruits/veggies; maybe green beans and tofu or pasta
Snack - Another yogurt, jar of pureed fruits/veggies and maybe a Mum Mum
Dinner - Similar to lunch; it depends on what we have

Her likes:
Apples; apples and blueberries; apples and bananas
Bananas, peaches, and raspberries
Avocado (yum!)
Sweet potatoes (can't get enough of those things, although she didn't like the fries we made her)
Stonyfield Yogurt
Libby's pumpkin (yep...from the can)
Winter squash
Green beans (from the can)
Pears and mangoes
Gluten-free pasta with some pasta sauce
Mashed potatoes
Rice (yeah for the rice cooker!)
Melons (great finger foods)
Egg yolks (haven't done the whole egg yet)
Corn and butternut squash
Applesauce (although after the stomach flu, not so much. She lived on that stuff for a week)

Her dislikes:
Peas (CANNOT get this kid to eat them...but hey, I won't eat them either)
Cheddar cheese

I'd like to see if there are other cheeses she might like -- maybe a monterey jack.
I'd also like to introduce fish. We frequently eat tilapia and want to give that a try.

Chris has given her bits of ground beef before and she seemed to like it. She still isn't quite sure about lunchmeats like turkey.

And yes, our child eats FAR better than we do! :)

Speaking of's time to eat breakfast!

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