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Meal Time Preparation with a Hungry Baby

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Meal Time Preparation with a Hungry Baby

Sometimes dinner is not quite ready and your baby is hungry! Here are some quick meal ideas to hold your baby over while you whip up his/her meal.

  • Try olives. Rinse them off if they were soaked in a salt marinade, chop or slice into smaller pieces and serve them to your child as an appetizer. Keep some on hand in a recycled baby food jar. A canned brand and choice I recommend which has 20% lower sodium than most brands and tastes fresh is the California Jumbo Pitted Ripe Olives by Santa Barbara Olive Co.
  • Frozen petite peas are easy to prepare and a great finger food for your baby. Microwave them briefly with a little water, serve some immediately and save some in a clean glass baby jar for the next day.
  • Baby chickpeas or beans for an older toddler can keep them occupied in their high chair and provide lots of important vitamins and minerals.
  • Edamame is fun to eat by popping the peas out of their skin. This can serve as a fun distraction by creating a game while dinner finishes cooking in the oven.
  • While you are cooking your child’s dinner, let him know you are cooking it with love for him. He can watch what you are doing and smell the aroma of the food. Then, when he sees this process another day, he will know it is for him and may even point at the pan indicating he is looking forward to his meal.

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Melissa Halas, MA, RD, CDE

Melissa is a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator with a master's in nutrition education. She is the founder of SuperKids Nutrition Inc. Read more about her Super Crew children’s books and her experience as a registered dietitian on the About Melissa and Shop page. Discover how nutrition can help you live your best health potential through her plant-based books and newsletter on Melissa’s Healthy Living.

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