Homemade purees are the best start for your baby, but once she grows a few teeth and becomes curious about chunkier foods, don’t be surprised if she starts singing a different tune. Take heart in knowing this is yet another milestone, and help guide her along in her journey to ensure fruits and vegetables stay among her favorite foods. Here are a few easy solutions to get your experienced eater back on track.
- 1,2,3 dip! Homemade hummus is a delicious pairing for apple slices—skin on for added fiber and Vitamin C. Made mostly from chickpeas, hummus is a healthy source of protein and fiber. Throw in some yogurt and you can even consider this a well-balanced lunch too.
(For great hummus recipes, try any of ours: "Hummus," "Zuchinni Parmesan Hummus," or "Yummy Hummus")
- A little seasoning goes a long way. Steamed vegetables are quick and easy but to get maximum flavor, try roasting broccoli and cauliflower with some extra-virgin olive oil and a few cloves of garlic. Toss ingredients together in an oven-proof dish and bake, covered with foil, until fork-tender, about 20 minutes in a 400ºF oven. Sometimes it just takes a break in routine and introducing new flavors to wake up any eaters’ taste buds.
- Spring is on the way, and what better way to squash fussy-eating habits than with a trip to your local farmers’ market. Many vendors put out samples of their product, so this is a great, inexpensive way to let your little one try new fruits and vegetables. Then bring home some of her new found favorites and serve fresh or show her a few pictures from your cookbook—with recipes that include your bounty, of course, for a fun and tasty “mommy and me” activity.