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My kids LOVED this yogurt berry parfait. But then again, I have been blessed with children who will eat just about anything (if they are in the right mood of course). At 18 months my eldest was scarfing down some Kim Chi at a Korean restaurant in San Francisco, and these days my youngest (21 months) goes crazy for sushi anytime we get it. My daughter’s first ever food was a pork chop….not something we had planned, but something she decided she wanted, so she went for it and sucked it to death.
I know this isn’t the case for everyone. For a lot of people, what and how to feed their kids is a HUGE, and constant, source of stress. And that sucks. Eating is such an integral part of our daily lives, it really should be something the whole family can at least enjoy together.
As a first time mom, I was a major stress head when it came to feeding my baby. I must have read just about every child-focused nutrition book out there and attended every childhood nutrition course I heard about. I specifically remember googling all my questions like crazy whilst nursing my daughter at 4 every morning. There was so much conflicting information out there, that in the end I decided to just pick and choose what worked for our family. And so far (touch wood), it seems to have worked.
I recently received a copy of What to Feed your Baby by Dr Tanya Altmann for review, and I have to say, her approach really resonates with me. It’s a bit of a one stop shop for new moms and mothers of children under five years old. Her book offers recipes, nutrition facts, pediatrician tips, food allergy information, and more. There’s sample meal plans, sample snack plans (anyone with kids knows how
annoying important snack time becomes 🙂 ), trouble-shooting scenarios for if you have a fussy eater in the house, and advice in relation to all of the popular food ‘trends’ around at the moment.
What to Feed your Baby is written in a simple and down-to-earth manner, with advice and information that really applies to everyday life when feeding a young child. There’s no scare tactics involved, no huge lament on how you have destroyed your child’s eating habits forever by feeding them that slice of watermelon before their broccoli, no shaming. It is just straight up healthy foods served in a straight up healthy way. Just the way I like it.
There are two themes which run consistently throughout the book that I really LOVE: the whole family should eat together, and kids should be involved in mealtime. These are two things that we have worked really hard on at home, and I really feel like there is such a huge payoff.
‘Mealtime is a perfect opportunity for you to start learning what’s going on in your child’s life, and for her to start learning what the rest of the family is up to – so enjoy conversations with her. Teach kids that meal-time isn’t just about eating. It’s also a time to be together as a family and talk, not just shovel down their food and run off to play’. – Dr Tanya Altmann
At least once a week we try to get together as a family to make a meal. If it’s a busy week it can be as simple as a snack platter, sometimes it will be a couple of pizza’s on a Friday night and other times we will go all out and make something a little more elaborate; like homemade gnocchi. The kids love it, and I can guarantee every time their food gets gobbled up without a negative comment or bout of whining in sight.
Kids in the Kitchen: Yogurt Berry Parfait
Using one of Dr Tanya’s recipes included in What to Feed your Baby, I set up this little Yogurt Berry Parfait station for the family breakfast this past weekend. The kids had an absolute blast! Little miss 3 made the most meticulous and fabulous looking parfait I have come across – she LOVED doing it, and has asked to do it several times since. My little man was a bit young for the concept, so he just went from bowl to bowl tasting all of the ingredients, occasionally mixing them in the display bowls and popping some into his sisters cup. She finally lost it at him and made him his very own berry parfait, and he quite happily plopped on the ground and finished the whole thing. Super messy but super fun and rewarding, on all parts.
- Plain or Greek yogurt of choice sub coconut yogurt for vegans
- Fresh or thawed berries washed and chopped (I used strawberries and blueberries)
- Finely chopped nuts such as walnuts
- Crushed graham crackers optional
- Honey maple syrup or fruit preserves (optional)
Set out the ingredients in medium sized bowls and let each child pick which items she wants
Together, layer each item into small bowls or cups
If you are starting out on your baby-feeding journey, or need help with your fussy toddler, be sure to check out What to Feed your Baby. You will find lots of practical advice, and a collection of super easy and delicious recipes. If you are following a clean eating lifestyle, you may want to swap out the sugars suggested in some of the snack recipes for some coconut sugar, maple syrup or honey.
Do you get your kids involved in the kitchen? What is their favourite thing to make? I would love to hear from you, so be sure to leave a comment 🙂 Happy eating!