Eats and Treats
My son Louie turned 1 last month. We put together a great first birthday party for him and, when I say “we,” I mean mostly my wife. Diets and calorie counting were left at the door.
Louie, of course, will remember none of it. He still ate his healthy little dinner as usual, but the rest of us enjoyed the heck out of it — filling up on decadent dishes and lots of birthday cake. Between Pin the Tail on the Donkey and musical chairs, we stuffed our faces with a buffet of food from great old recipes.
I worked my way around the table, starting with a large hunk of the Mystery Cheese Log, which consisted of bleu cheese, cheddar cheese and cream cheese all rolled into a giant log layered with finely chopped nuts.
Next up were the shrimp with cocktail sauce, followed by chicken and egg salad finger sandwiches. There was also a Green Goddess dip, which was something like 99 percent sour cream and one percent herbs.
Finally, at the end of the table, in a jiggling circle of temptation, was a basketball-sized, orange Jell-O mold. I haven’t seen one of these since I was a kid.
About halfway through the festivities, Louie had his dinner, which consists of a mixture of fresh-steamed green and orange vegetables, brown rice and some sort of beans. This combination gives him a complete serving of protein, lots of vitamins and tons of fiber. We’ve been feeding him this combination for months, and he loves it (again, when I say “we,” this means my wife is the brains behind this). We’re hoping this will lead to Louie loving vegetables when he gets bigger, but I wouldn’t bet on it.
One book that’s been invaluable in our coming up with recipes and tips for baby’s diet is Super Baby Food by Ruth Yaron. Check out the web site at http://www.superbabyfood.com/. There are also lots of great healthy eating tips here on Ready. Set. Grow! Visit our Moving Families Forward Keep Your Child Eating Healthy page to learn more.
Back at the party, the closest Louie got to the high-calorie action was when we sang ‘Happy Birthday” and brought out the cake. My wife had made two separate cakes. First was a big, three-layered yellow cake with chocolate frosting.
She also baked a miniature “smash cake” just for the boy. It was a white cake with almond cream cheese frosting. After we helped him blow out his candle, we slid the cake down the table within reach of his high chair. He looked around, first at his mom, then at me. With a big, rascally grin on his face, he nosedived right into it, with both hands clawing at the frosting.
Now that he’s had his first taste of sugar, what’s next? Fast food chicken nuggets? Energy drinks?
Not if we can help it.
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