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Bear’s 12 Favorite Foods

Bear is 18 months now, and he loves eating superhero foods! Here are twelve of his favorite foods right now:

1.     Beans – Bear loves them plain – no salt. He also loves tofu.

2.     Mochi – Oh my god, Bear goes crazy for mochi! Like a crazy lunatic. wrapped in nori or drizzled with brown rice syrup.

3.     Greens – He loves any kind: kale, bok choy, Swiss chard, you name it. If I have greens on my plate, he will lose it until I give him some.

4.     Green peas – If you use the frozen kind, you can give them to your baby to keep him calm while the rest are cooking. Of course, as long as your baby has teeth and isn’t going to swallow the peas whole and choke. Use your best judgment. We don’t have this worry with Bear as he is 1.5 with lots of teeth and a good little chewer.

5.     Corn – Bear likes corn, but he likes peas a lot better I think.

6.     Nori – Not the snacky, salty kind – I give Bear a regular strip of roasted seaweed and he loves it. He freaks if he sees it! Wants it soooo bad.

7.     Rice Pasta – Bear loves it.

8.     Miso Soup - We put 2-3 tablespoons mixed with water in a bottle and he really enjoys that. and very good for him.

9.     Mama’s milk – Bear still nurses and gets lots of important nutrients from my milk. He just loves his babies…what he calls boobies.

10. Blueberries – Bear loves blueberries. I probably shouldn’t even say the word in front of him. If there are blueberries around, he will eat them until there are none left.

11. Juice – Bear loves his juice! We give him a little bit of organic apple juice and diluted with water, or we’ll give him a tiny bit of soy or rice milk with the diluted with water, usually around 1 part juice or soy milk to 4-8 parts water, but not more than that.

12. Avocado – Bear loves it! i also try to go easy on this…a few times a week. the more fruit they have the less interested in veggies they are.

A Word About Fruit

Bear also loves blackberries, raspberries, and apples. His new favorite word is apple. He says it a million times a day. He also likes to say “nana” for banana. In desperate situations when there is nothing for him to eat, we will give him a banana, if he finds one. I try not to have him eat them often. Bananas are a tropical fruit. They don’t grow anywhere near us, so they’re not ideal for my little superhero. But boy, does Bear love them! He ate three whole banana the other day. How can someone so little fit three bananas inside his body? Crazy. Let’s just say the poop situation is not so awesome after three bananas. That said, bananas were better than what the other kids and people around us were eating that day, believe me.

The good news is, Bear thinks any fruit is basically candy. We try to limit his fruit intake to one cup a day. That’s his “treat.” It’s special, and we plan to keep it that way as long as possible.

That’s it for now! What are your kids’ favorite foods?
Tell me in the comments below.

 

 

Photo source: flickr.com/brx0, flickr.com/Stevendepolo, flickr.com/Tillwe, wikipedia.org

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  • Stephanie Leybourn-Trombino

    Wow this is so inspiring <3 I do not have children yet, thanks to you, I know I will be able to get them loving all this healthy whole food.

  • shauna arnesen

    Oh no Alicia I love you and everything you do, but fruit is so important for humans to eat in unlimited quantities. Please read 801010 and check out the community, it’s amazing. Or, come join us at the Woodstock fruit festival, it’s yearly and will really show you how natural and powerful fruit is. Of course life Bear wants fruit, it’s natural for him and he’s going off his instincts! Much love

  • Lorna

    I am so sad that I have made and am making unhealthy eating choices for my children. Now two and four. My two year old still nurses, but his diet is terrible. My four year old also has an unhealthy diet, and nursed until he was two. Nursing is the only diet choice I gave them that I can be proud of. How, at their ages, can I turn their diet around? They have strong aversions to most veggies and some fruits. I am so jealous and ashamed of mommas whose babies and children eat healthily but I don’t know how to stop bad habits (I’m responsible for creating). Any advice?

  • http://www.usuallyvegan.com/ Kelsey Thurman Burkemper

    Good Morning! My son is 8 months old and I introduced tofu for the first time yesterday. I just got called out (publicly) by someone who questioned whether tofu is a safe choice for a young boy (concerns about hormone disruption, etc.). I am fairly confident in my assertion about the healthfulness and safety of tofu and soy in general for my son, and said so, but I’m understandably rattled. Wondering if other moms could weigh in with their thoughts or share any experiences they’ve had being questioned about soy?