Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday dear Larissa, we love you so much!
Over the weekend I bought some of her favorite foods so that we can have a nice birthday lunch with her on Tuesday. We’ve fed her only real food from day 1, so it’s been interesting to see how her taste buds have developed compared to other kids her age. Some of her favorite foods may surprise you!
She’s not into candy or processed foods. It’s impossible to get her to eat anything from a restaurant except fruit, so I pack her food wherever we go. She’s not much into crackers or bread, and turns her nose up at the Pirate Booty snacks that are served at her playgroup (thank goodness!)
She likes her yogurt plain, without any flavors or sweeteners. She loves smoked salmon and sardines, cheese (especially brie), liver snacks, avocado, seaweed snacks. She eats my spicy curried soups with gusto.
Here is some of the food for the birthday lunch. There will also be sardines and grilled cheese sandwiches. She LOVES all of these foods and will be a very happy little camper.
Don’t get me wrong, things aren’t perfect! She eats too much fruit for my liking, and the only way to get vegetables into her is to puree them in soup. Sadly, she won’t eat eggs.
But I’m very happy with the foods she does eat. It just goes to show that young children, when they don’t have any preconceived notions about food (and provided they don’t have any major gut imbalance issues), will eat according to their taste buds, based on what their parents feed them.
Who nows how long any of this will last? She’s only two. There’s hasn’t been anyone to tell her that liver and sardines are yuck, that colored yogurt is more fun, or that the only cheese worth eating is velveeta. Wait until she’s in school, eating lunch with her friends and seeing what’s in their lunch boxes. Then I may have a battle on my hands. But then again maybe I won’t, because maybe (fingers crossed), she’ll simply continue to like these foods because she’s developed a taste for them. I hope so 🙂
But either way, I’m incredibly grateful that she’s getting such good nutrition in her early years.
What unusual (and healthy!) foods do your kids like to eat?