One of the many benefits to having friends that are also moms is all the good stuff you can learn from them about raising your kid.
Last week Jenny introduced me to this book, Super Baby Foods, by Ruth Yaron. Since Moana is now eating some solid foods everyday, it's time for me to start thinking about her nutrition.
For a long time I've been pretty good about fueling my own body with good foods... you know, stuff that is (or was recently) alive... greens and fruits and vegetables and nuts and seeds and beans... Scott and I eat meat sometimes but I'm not a huge fan of cooking it so many of our meals are vegetarian. And it's crystal clear to me how much better I feel (physically and mentally) when I'm eating well. So it only makes sense that what I feed Moana will have an impact on how she feels as well.
I know if I was working full time outside the home I might not feel like I needed to go so far as to make all of Moana's food... not when those little jars are so convenient! But since my job right now is to be a mom (and I've always been an overachiever), I've taken a lot of what this book says to heart and have started experimenting with making my own baby food. Truth be told, it's pretty easy right now because she's not eating a massive variety of food quite yet... so I shouldn't give myself too much credit for mashing up a ripe banana or avocado and mixing it up with some plain yogurt and spooning it into the girl's mouth.
But I have to say, so far it's not nearly as hard or as complicated as I previously thought to prepare Super Foods for Moana. The book spells it all out and makes it simple. Heck, grind up organic brown rice in your food processor until it's like powder and cook it in boiling water for 10 minutes and you've got real rice cereal that actually tastes good. And as Moana gets older the book gives ideas of what to add to the rice cereal to make it "Super Porridge". Somehow the idea of feeding Moana Super Porridge sits well with me. :) And she seems to like it.