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Babies Are Willing to Try New Foods

April 1, 2013

Althea Peterson

As challenging as babies can make some things look, there's one area where babies have us all beat, and it's eating.

Stumble while walking, babble while attempting to talk, or chew on books instead of reading them, babies may appear to still be in the learning stages of everything.

But this year for Lent, I've taken cues from my 1-year-old on coping with being a (temporary) vegetarian.

1. Be willing to try any type of food. Avocado turned out to be a surprise hit during a trip to San Antonio. Amaranth might be enough of a name to scare away an adult, but she opened her mouth for it.

2. Don't demand your favorites at every meal. This is more a forced choice on her part, because if she had any say in the matter, she'd probably want formula (previously breast milk) forever and ever. Changing up your meals will push your food comfort zone, hopefully in healthy directions.

3. Make healthy options available. When bits of fruit (with graham cracker crumbs so it's easier to pick up) are in front of you, you'll likely eat that instead of cookies.

My daughter eats bits of meat at daycare and will likely eat more meat as she grows up. But, it's quite inspiring to see her little adventurous spirit when trying foods that I thought I didn't like (squash, zucchini, etc.). If my baby likes it, why don't I?

PS: I'll try to share some younger eater recipes in the coming weeks.

Source: (c)2013 Tulsa World (Tulsa, Okla.) Distributed by MCT Information Services

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