Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Layla's Favorite Meals: 8 months and up

Here are a few of Layla's favorite meals. She has become a very independent eater and loves to feed herself. She doesn't have much patients eating from a spoon these days, unless its something she really loves like oatmeal or yogurt. I usually cut up fruit for her to pick up and munch on while I sneak in some spoonfuls of food in between bites.

Layla and I share a similar breakfast every morning. We eat our oatmeal with banana and cinnamon. It's one of my favorite times of day. I use the same oatmeal for Layla that I do for myself. She doesn't seem to enjoy the baby cereals anymore.

-Oatmeal with fruit:In a small bowl place 1/8- 1/4 cup of quick cooking oats and add 2 parts water (1/8 cup oats with 1/4 cup water) Microwave for 45 seconds to 1 min. Add in a little whole milk and cinnamon. You can also add in mashed banana or applesauce. Wait for the oatmeal to cool before serving. 

-Avocado and Egg on Whole Wheat Toast:
-Place one egg in a pot filled with enough water to cover egg. Bring water to a boil, remove from heat and cover for 14 minutes. After 14 minutes, place egg in cold water. Set aside. When the egg is cool enough to handle, remove the shell and rinse under water to make sure all the shell has been removed. Take the egg yolk out of the white and place in a bowl. Discard or eat the egg white (do not feed the white to your baby)
-Mash the egg yolk with 1/4 to 1/2 an avocado to make a spread. (You can also add in a little plain yogurt if you have it on hand)
-Toast 1 slice of whole wheat bread and spread on mixture. Cut the toast into small bite sized pieces and serve to your baby. They will gobble up this healthy lunch. Any extra avocado/egg mixture can be fed with a spoon.

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