Friday, September 23, 2011

Finger Foods, Volume 1

Last night I told you about our decision to skip the baby food stage with Gavrel, as long as he is thriving without it. So where am I going to start?

First of all, I'm not going to really start much of anything until he turns six months, so I have a couple weeks yet. But I've been pondering where to start and gathering things to have on hand. Some of the nutritional goals we have for Gav:

  • Avoid as many allergy risks as possible. That means that Gav won't get milk, eggs, peanuts, soy, etc., until he's over a year old. On top of that, we're going to shoot for as much natural and organic as possible for the first three years to avoid any synthetic proteins, artificial sugars, etc. That's our goal - we'll see how it goes. (Yes, I'm turning into *that* mom. I'm not really sure when it happened, but apparently it did).
  • Start with vegetables, beans, etc., and avoid sugar and fruits for the first couple months to develop a taste for the good stuff.
  • Let Gavrel see me cooking from scratch and making grocery choices. I've heard some research recently that part of the obesity problem in America comes from the fact that kids never see people cooking or learn how to cook for themselves. They don't know what healthy foods are, much less do they eat them. We want Gav to see me cooking, eventually learn how to cook, and to know what foods are good for him. 
In pondering where to start with finger foods, I figured if you give babies rice cereal as their first food, then let's start with a puffed rice cereal. But when I started looking for one, they all had sugar as the second and third ingredients (and usually artificial sugar at that). So Monkey Man and I ventured to our local "healthy supermarket" yesterday while we were out and about. I have to admit that it's the first time I've been there, and I was pleasantly surprised at the variety and selection.

I was also pleasantly surprised to find this:


I know it's blurry, but check out that ingredients list!


No sugar, no nothing! I tasted some, and it's actually pretty good! It kind of melts in your mouth, too - a great first finger food must-have quality. I'm really excited about it. As we have made this decision and I've been planning more for the transition, I'm dreading it a little less all the time. Like I said last night, I think this is going to be a good option for this child.

And for those of you wondering, yes, I have a Tupperware for that:


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