What our little ones eat is a very common topic among my friends and I. Feeding little ones is not always a simple affair and many kids are simply challenging to feed a balanced diet.
I am so pleased to introduce you to Michelle from the My Little One Easts blog today. Her gorgeous site provides much needed visual inspiration for healthy, simple recipes perfects for little ones and the rest of the family. I hope you enjoy!
What are your top 5 tips for other parents who are struggling to feed their little ones?
(I can only offer tips for mums with little babies as my bub is 11months old)
- Go easy on yourself. Everyone was new to this at some stage and was feeling the same level of uncertainty.
- Find your tribe. Find others who have babies who are close in age. This way as your babies grow you can share you experiences and work through any problems you may come across. This has been a lifesaver for me.
- Start with foods that are less sweet. If you are feeding your little one jarred or packet food, check the sugar is less than 5g per serving. I started with Avocado and my daughter absolutely loved it! She has never really had a sweet tooth so I have been lucky.
- Hide the veges if you need to: Smoothies, fritters, and bread recipes are great for sneaking healthy foods into.
- Have FUN. Enjoy this time because it is priceless to see your baby adventuring into the world of food.
How would you describe the type of food you and your family eat?
We eat a lot of simple recipes. My husband is gluten intolerant so we went back to basics a few years ago. We really enjoy using ingredients from our farm. We have an abundance of eggs from our free ranging chickens so eggs are often on the menu for breakfast. My husband makes his own bread and fermented foods too.
What were your child’s first foods and first favourites?
Avocado was the winner for us. She loved it and it was so convenient for me to carry around for her. She also loves sweet potato like her mum.
What is in your meal prep tool-kit?
Our Thermomix is the main item we use. We have had it for years and it has been great for making baby food.
Who/where do you go to for advice on nutrition and recipe ideas?
My mums group. I find if I have a problem, many of them have already had that issue and found a solution. I also love MamaNaturals blog and have been following her since before I was even pregnant.
Michelle has shared with us her Carrot & Zucchini Fingers recipe.
- 4 eggs
- 1/2 Cup of grated zucchini
- 1/3 Cup of grated carrot
- 1 Tbsp of almond milk (optional)
- Preheat oven to 180degrees Celsius and line a baking tray with baking paper. My baking tray was a square 18cm tin.
- Place grated zucchini and carrot in a frypan over medium heat.
- Cook, stirring, for 4-5 minutes or until the vegetables soften. Remove from heat and set aside for 10 minutes to cool.
- Crack eggs into a separate bowl, add milk and whisk for 30 seconds. Try to incorporate some air into the mixture.
- Combine vegetable mixture & egg, stir until well combined.
- Pour mixture into prepared pan and smooth the surface. Bake in oven for 12 minutes or until set.
- Cut into fingers and enjoy :)
Breakfast: Oats with Blueberries and Prunes.
Lunch: Banana Pancakes or a homemade bread topped with Avo.
Dinner: A mix of a protein (chicken or salmon), brown rice or quinoa, sweet potato & spinach. This always varies depending on what I have in the fridge.
Snacks: Half a banana or brown rice cake.
Where do you do most of your food shopping?
Our garden, Mt Tamborine Markets, Flanneries and Coles.
What are your best tips for including more fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet?
Smoothies are such a fantastic way to pack in fruits and veggies, especially with it coming into Summer now. Blueberry, avocado and spinach is my favourite combination at the moment. Get the recipe here.
Are there any books, films, or groups that have forever changed the way you look at health, wellness and nutrition?
The documentaries Food Inc & Food Matters completely changed the way I looked at the food industry. We definitely strived more for self sufficiency after watching these two films.
How do you get inspired to prepare a meal?
I am all about simplicity. Minimal ingredients, minimal steps and beautiful imagery. If I see a drool worthy picture of a recipe I am INSTANTLY inspired to cook. I guess that is why I am in love with food photography.