Meal recipes for 1 year old and the RAINBOW fruits and vegetables guide

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Posted on : 30-03-2010 | By : dutdot | In : All about my baby, Food, Recipes for Toddlers

Now that my baby just turned one, I decided to change the course of this blog from a personal blog to a blog that will cater the interests of other moms and readers. From time to time, I will still write letters for my growing baby.

Majority of one year old babies are picky eaters. But take another look at our 1-year old’s. They aren’t picky; their taste buds have just matured. Hmmm. That’s the nice way to put it. I noticed it in my baby’s reaction to the way I feed her. Baby food doesn’t interest her anymore. I tried to feed her with her Cerelac yesterday morning, and she could hardly finish it nor had some three spoonfuls of the cereal. How good she was and is in turning her face away from me.

At yesterday lunch while she was still sleeping, I cooked and mashed a small potato, and let her eat it without the spoon. Presto! She was able to finish her meal. That’s when I realized that she isn’t picky; she is just adjusting to the demands of her taste bud. Quite an interesting realization, isn’t it?

So the next time, your toddler (begins with the ages of 12 and 18) pushes your hand away or turns her face and mouth away from you, it might signal that she doesn’t want to be given baby food anymore! She might be saying, “Mommy, baby food is a bland diet. Why don’t you give me what you’re eating?” Huh. Of course, at this point, we really have to be careful in what we give her, in particular, if we want to consider the kinds of foods that adults eat. As long as what we are eating are healthy foods and not junks, they are safe to be given to our growing babies.

I was searching on the Web about some helpful tips on what I can give to my 1 year old. Toddlers need lots of fruits and vegetables. I like this tip about the Rainbow Guide. Think of all the fruits and vegetables that start with the letters in the word, “rainbow”, so you’ll never be lost as to what to give your youngster.

Here goes:

bullet Red – Apples, Cherries, Strawberries, Watermelon, Red Potatoes, Tomatoes

bullet Orange – Oranges, Peaches, Sweet Potatoes, Carrots

bullet Yellow – Bananas, Summer Squash, Wax Beans, Pears

bullet Green – Avocado, Green Beans, Zucchini, Mango, Papaya

bullet Blue – Blueberries

bullet Purple – Grapes, Eggplant

Great idea, isn’t it?  Till next time!

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