Whether you were busy watching the kids all day, working all day, or a bit of both, finding the time to make a tasty and healthy dinner can often feel overwhelming. But before you reach for the phone to call for takeout, consider this easy-to-make recipe that’s low calorie, packed full of lean proteins and whole grains, and way more affordable than takeout.
Although Joey has, for the most part, been really good about trying new foods, lately he seems to prefer some textures to others. For instance, he loves carrots and broccoli pureed or baked into foods, but if you hand him a slice of the vegetable, he will pick it up, feel it for a while, then drop it on the floor while giving me a look like “what are you trying to feed me here?!” So for some of the more “unique” textured foods that he doesn’t seem to want to self-feed anymore, I figured mixing them in with foods he loves may help.
I hope you all had a fantastic Thanksgiving! Ours was wonderful and Joey thoroughly enjoyed his first Turkey Day. He gobbled up turkey, stuffing, carrots, and mashed potatoes faster than I have ever seen him eat anything else! However, after multiple days of family celebrations, even though I tried to keep an eye on my portions, I couldn’t help but feel like a stuffed turkey myself!
Getting back on track with healthy eating and exercise were my priorities this week. Based on that, I figured a post on getting in shape and staying in shape while caring for your baby may be in order. After your baby was born, no doubt even if you were an avid exerciser in the past like I was, it’s hard to find the time to exercise on a regular basis with a needy baby (unless of course you have a baby who is a great sleeper and napper, and if that’s the case I am VERY envious of you!).
Currently, Joey would much rather feed himself than allow anyone to spoon-feed him. Because of this, his food choices are rather limited at times. He isn’t yet able to feed himself from a spoon, so choices like purees, yogurt, and cooked grains like oatmeal are out. He does a great job picking up foods, but anything sticky, slimmy, or mushy seems to end up on his body rather than in his mouth.
He loves soft bread, mostly because of its texture, and how easy it is for him to pick it up and feed it to himself. However, as a dietitian, I get concerned that he may want to fill up on bread, and only bread, and miss out on vital nutrients such as antioxidants and protein. So what better solution than a muffin that’s packed full of protein, whole grains, healthy fats, and even vegetables? And a muffin that both Joey and my husband love?! It’s a win-win!
I love Daisy Brand cottage cheese (full disclosure- I am also a member of the Daisy brand Health Network) and Joey loves it too. But again, it’s one of those foods he has to be spoon-fed, so some days he will eat a full bowl, and other days he refuses because he can’t feed it to himself. Daisy, however, has this great recipe for Cheesy Cottage Cheese and Flax Muffins with Chives.
With just a few tiny adjustments, it makes the perfect finger food for Joey and gives him a great source of protein, whole grains, and veggies J He even loves to help make them!