Raising a Whole Foods Child

Step One: Start Early
You can avoid having a picky eater! The earlier you start introducing whole foods the easier it will be. When your baby is ready for solid foods, begin with real foods. Introduce squash, carrots, broccoli, avocado, peas, green beans before sweeter fruit like bananas. Never feed your baby processed foods, especially with added sugars. I know it’s funny to see a baby eat their first ice cream or a cupcake, but why? Babies are just as happy to eat whole foods. Click Here for “Affordable Healthy Baby Food.”

Toddler snacks should be from whole foods, not from a package. Toddlers eat what you offer them. Avoid chemical and sugar loaded junk foods, even occasionally.  Toddlers experience with food is what you make it. They don’t know to ask for junk foods. Pack healthy snacks for the pool, park and zoo, avoiding the temptation to purchase highly sugared and artificially colored Popsicles and candies.

Jovey thinks watermelon is as sweet
as any sugared Popsicle.

Step Two: Ground Zero
The battle over whole foods is won or lost in the grocery store. If junk foods are not in your home, whole foods will be eaten.  What do you normally purchase? Is your pantry loaded with processed cookies, crackers, chips and soda? Then that is what your children will eat. Keep healthy foods where your children can easily reach them.  Clean and cut veggies into julienne slices: carrots, bell peppers and celery. Place them on a lower shelf in your refrigerator, where your kids can reach them. Keep washed fruit in a bowl on the table. Click Here for a helpful grocery list. A grocery list will help you keep a well-stocked pantry, so you can implement the next step: Actually Cook.

Step Three: Actually Cook
And I don’t mean heating something in the microwave or opening a box of mac and cheese. Busy moms can still make healthy meals. Having the right equipment is essential for cooking on the go. If you don’t already have a crockpot and a pressure cooker, buy them. You can use the money you save by not eating out and purchasing expensive processed foods at the supermarket. Make double family portions and freeze one for another meal. Click Here for more tips for quick cooking whole foods. Check out my recipe section, found on the right of this page, under “Browse Baby Bites Categories.” You’ll find a lot of kid-friendly recipes.

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