When my daughter was a few months old, I went to a baby food class to get some ideas on what to feed her. I was very intent on making all of her food from scratch. It was a great experience: I learned about how to combine a lot of different foods to form the best nutrition. Now, my daughter didn't always appreciate my efforts when she was starting out, but I sure as heck had a lot of fun making her food!
The same company offers a "stage 2" class, for babies who are nine months old and up. My son is eight months old now, and I thought I'd take the workshop as a refresher, since he'll be entering the next stage of eating very soon.
Well, no one else showed up to the workshop so it was just me and the instructor! It was a private session, which was really neat.
Anyway, we talked about a ton of different foods to try out: not just for the baby, but for the whole family! I pride myself on being really knowledgeable when it comes to nutrition (yes, I know that seems a bit ironic seeing as I have weight issues), but I still managed to get a whole bunch of meal and snack ideas. Also, in a few weeks, I have a whole bunch of healthy ideas as to what I'm going to add to my son's food: lentils, quinoa, rice puffs, etc. I also came home with a bag of organic apricots to cook and puree for him - delish!
The experience also reminded me that it's easy to forget about how processed certain foods can be. When my daughter was a baby, I would always buy organic "cheerios" for her to eat: no added sugar or chemicals. I've gotten a bit lazy since then, and she eats regular cheerios now. Honestly, there's no reason for it. I found a box of Breakfast O's that are so much more wholesome, and brought some home.
Anyway, it made me feel excited about getting in the kitchen and experimenting a bit. I'm looking forward to all of the interesting textures my son will try out in a few weeks!
My daughter's snack when she comes home from school today: organic rice cakes (with dulse, which is extremely nutritious!) drizzled with tahini butter. And some organic pear slices on the side.
My lunch today: whole wheat wrap with spicy hummus, avocado, and tomato with a side of sliced red peppers and an organic apple.
My fingers are tingling just typing that. Doesn't good food make you feel awesome?