Luca is growing faster than you can say, Jack Robinson.
And with her big feet, big hands, and big smile, comes a massive appetite.
Jo and I are shocked by how much she can put away.
So instead of pushing the panic button because I never used to cook before, I decided to deliberately plan Luca’s weekly nutrition, making sure it’s a balance of Macros and Micros, and trace minerals. Since she’s only 10 months old I’m still staying away from dairy and eggs. But I plan to add that real soon, but not just yet.
Luca has 4 teeth now, and another 4 are emerging fast. As such, she’s already on porridge which I cook for her and try to change up on a weekly basis. Man, it’s hard work I tell you. If you told me a year ago I’d be cooking for myself I would have gone.. pffft.. let alone a dependent. Well things are different now. I am a mom first before all else so I’ve just HAD to get with the programme and hustle. Crash course with Dad on some good porridge recipes has set me on my way. I am now a full time cook! haha..
Meanwhile here’s an excellent one for pre one year olds for breakfast – Papaya Avocado. Luca doesn’t like papaya or cauliflower as much as she’s nuts over bananas and avocado – however, she can’t eat bananas every single day right, and we were adamant she eats a mix of everything. So, here’s how we tricked her into thinking she’s not eating papaya nor cauliflower:P
✅1/4 steamed cauliflower blend
✅1 teaspoon ground(to release oils)and steamed flaxseed
✅Mash n blend
Anyone who calls my baby a fat head is probably right. But definitely GOOD FATS, of course?. And we got her to eat the papaya.. no sweat! This is great for your baby if they are suffering from hard stools. You can immediately see the softer stools in her next poop. Don’t forget the flaxseed needs to be steamed AND ground. Even for adults if you don’t grind and break the seeds, it does not release the Omega3 & 6’s. It’s stuck in the seed. I don’t need to tell you how beneficial cauliflower (the cruciferous veggie) is. The most important one amongst ALL the other benefits is setting you lil girl up right for life… Cauliflower contains antioxidants that help prevent cellular mutations and reduce oxidative stress from free radicals. One of these is indole-3-carbinol or I3C, commonly found in cruciferous vegetables like cabbages, broccoli and cauliflower/ I3C has been shown to reduce the risk of breast and reproductive cancers in men and women. Cauliflower is also high in fiber that helps with a healthy digestive tract, choline that is essential for learning and memory as well as many other important nutrients. Note to mums.. babies must eat cauliflower!
And what do you know.. surprise surprise.. all those food-baby wrestling sessions with papaya has now turned into mummy wrestling Luca for the last mouthful of baby food! haha
What’s your baby’s fav breakfast? How do you hide the stuff she doesn’t like behind the food she likes? Leave a comment!