Let’s imagine the imaginary circle of foods, you know the one. The one with all the reasonably bad foods in one category and the reasonably good foods in the other. Now weather this is the sort of thing to go by is up to you but personally, id go for instinct.
Trust yourself as a parent.
Do what you and only you thinks is best.
My advice is purely the advice and support I was so lucky and grateful to receive, being a young & new mother, making things a little less daunting for me.
Firstly, it’s important to remember do NOT get stressed over this stuff it’s actually pretty easy. It’s not about becoming crazy obsessed with what to avoid, it’s about embracing and celebrating all the delicious foods yourself and your child will discover.
Now I’ll put it bluntly, your childs future / health is most definitely in your hands. There’s no getting away from it. So it’s probably best to just accept it and move on.
So, from day 1 you want to familiarise them with good, nutritious foods. Grow some tomatoes ( the easiest things ever to grow) let them pick their own, and if their not able to, literally just make them available.
The variety of beautiful colours and textures you get from all kinds of vegetables, will give nothing but pleasure to them.
The sense of accomplishment and sheer delight when you prepare wholesome, fresh food for them will be worth it, I promise.
& If you don’t like veg, just watch as they learn and grow to absolutely love and demolish them.
So here’s the 5 main reasons why it’s best for you and your little humans:
1. Quite simply, home made food just tastes better. Prepacked baby food nowadays are pretty good, if you go for the right one’s (be careful). But all are relatively bland and sludgy in my opinion. It’s like giving the pizza from the night before a quick wizz and then serving it.
2. Making your own food means you are in control! You judge the freshness, taste, ingredients, you know what’s gone in and what hasn’t. Take charge momma. Your little one will thank you for it, and you’ll most definitely thank yourself. Us mothers deserve an occasional tap on our own backs now and again for how awesome we are.
3. It’s all round cheaper, people have the idea that to make a healthy meal your spending ridiculous amounts. This is a horrible myth and is most definitely WRONG. Your paying for raw invredients, not packaged/manufactured products. You can save money by cooking fresh too, by freezing leftovers etc.
4. If your cooking for the family or yourself and your child, which is the practical option. They get to eat what you eat and the connection you’ll both feel is ammense. Sharing meals is very much important in establishing good eating habits.
Healthy baby = a healthy you
5. Cooking is one of the most naturally creative and inspiring things you can do for yourself and your child. With a day filled with utter chaos and mayhem from childcare or work or whatever demands life throws at you. Cooking a warm and loving meal (this does not mean spectacular, we are not preffesional cooks here just mothers, with hearts) in the kitchen and then sharing it with your loved one’s, brings valuable focus and fulfilment to you all.
Dont have the time?
You’ll love it.
& so will they.How do you find cooking from scratch? Is it convenient for you as a family? Do you love it as much as I do? Let me know in the comments.