Friday, February 22, 2008

Frustrated with your baby or toddler not eating vegetables?

Welcome aboard motherhood!
Long before I become a mom, I love kids (Dont get me wrong,I still love them.. please read on :), get along well with them and even play like a kid.. I still do:) I have a brother who is 14 years younger than me, so I had a fair share of 'mothering' my younger brother. But but.. nothing of that sort of experience will ever get you ready for MOTHERHOOD!

As a first time mother, I guess any new mom, in fact, will be overwhelm by the first born. Immediately after birth, we are thrown into the very first issue that will pretty much bother us for a loong loong time, 'feeding the baby'! Initially was the troubles and challenges of breastfeeding.. then after I got the hang of it and started to enjoy it, it's time for solids! If you have a baby who just have no problem with food, eat whatever that is placed in front of him, loves greens, veges and fruit. You are very blessed! At about 8-12mths, Tristan was an angel! He loves anything placed in front of him, Cauliflower, Broccoli, Banana..etc. I thought I was lucky and blessed. But but... didnt last very long. So for those of you who are currently blessed... it may not last very long, so enjoy it while you can!

The only vege he loves now is Carrot, so if he is starting to look orange more and more, it's probably because of the carrot. Well at least he loves carrot for the moment. I am trying to chop up the other vege and feed him, sometimes it works, sometime 'my little monster' just refuse! Talk about frustrations. Never knew I will be so worried about his food.

Soooooooo... What should you do with a picky eater? How to make him eat vege and fruits?

Before we jump into it, I will just like to point out something which I just learnt.
Taken from La Leche League International: The Breastfeeding Answer Book 2007
0-6 months: Medical Scientist agree that human milk is nature's complete food for ar least the first six months for the healthy, full-term infant, and significant disadvantages have been found to introducing other food before that time.

It used to be around 4-6 months of age, but it now reccomended by American Academy of Pediatrics and World Health Organsization to delay introducing solids for a full six months(2001).

Advatages to delay introducing solids to 6 months and exlusive breastfeeding include: ( here are just some of them, there are more)
- accelerated neuromotor development
- less infectious disease, especialy diarrhea
- decrease risk of ear infection
- decreased risk of developing allergies
- increased ability to disgest solid
- gives baby needed immunologic protection
- enjoy delay in the retun of their fertility
- more rapid weight loss

ok... back to eating greens...If you are also struggling like me or just want something creative and interesting to give your little one, check this out.

I just came across Jessica Seinfield's review and recipe from her book Deceptially Delicious on She feed her children Chicken nuggets, Macoroni and Cheese, Chocolate brownies! Dont be alarm with these delicious yet sinful food, there are vegetable goodies in them. Chicken Nuggets (with Broccoli or Spinach or Sweet Potato or Beet), Macaroni and Cheese 1 (with Butternut Squash or Cauliflower) and Brownies (with Carrot and Spinach).

She also hides cauliflower puree in her scramble egg which provides kids with half the daily value for vitamin C. With more than 19 grams of protein per serving, these scrambled eggs pack a powerful protein punch!

Check out this link for her recipes.


Bryan's Mama said...

welcome back into the blogging world! been wondering where you disappeared to :)

Anonymous said...

One thing I don't really agree with is hiding healthy food in realitively unhealthy food. How long do you do this before your kids don't know what a healthy plate looks like. They don't possess the ability to make healthly choices as an adult because they were tricked their whole lives into thinking that "junk" food is good for you. When she's not there to hide healthly food in their brownies and scrambled eggs when their older then what?


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