Ok, pretend it’s still Halloween and I got this post finished in time for it to be aptly named, Monster Mash.
Abe’s appetite is veracious. Sometimes I daydream about his stint on an upcoming episode of Biggest Loser: Toddler Edition. For lunch the other day he ate two hot dogs, a pile of sweet potatoes, pears, pasta, and a little corn for good measure. That was LUNCH. Keep in mind he ate breakfast, lunch, and 2 snacks during the SAME DAY. Where it’s going I don’t know.
The trouble is Abe is pre-spoon. I give him spoons. He chews on them. If I put food on a spoon he’ll eat it himself and then toss it on the floor. He just doesn’t see a need for a spoon full-time yet. This means he eats a lot of finger foods and I’ve felt some concern over the amount of veggies he can and will eat with his fingers. For example, if there is a hot dog on his tray with broccoli mixed in, he has no trouble picking out the hot dog and moving the broccoli to the side. Will he eat it eventually? Usually, yes. But not without being certain there is nothing left on the planet to eat.
So I started making mash-ups. (I watch a lot of Glee.) I steam a whole pot of vegetables and then use the hand mixers to mash them all together. I make sure there is one strong and sweet fruit in each mash to cover up things like spinach and zucchini. Tonight I steamed a sweet potato, half a peach, and a handful of broccoli florets. Another one was a pear, sweet potato, spinach, and cinnamon. Frankly, these mash-ups taste amazing. Like, I would stand in the kitchen and eat them. Like, I have.
And yes, I do have to feed it to him with a spoon. And yes, he does try to use the spoon himself and then ends up using his hands and getting mash all over his face. But either way I know he is getting all kinds of delicious veggies at every meal. Kinda sneaky, right?