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Bug’s First Word with a Side of Strawberry Oatmeal

Friday, August 5th, 2011

oatmeal

Mason and I practice the same breakfast ritual every morning: He plays with toys on the kitchen floor while I make our breakfast. On weekdays it’s usually oatmeal mixed with fresh fruit puree for him, gluten-free toast and coffee for me. Once breakfast is ready we sit down and eat together. In addition to his own food, Mason insists on eating tiny pieces of toast from my plate, a little quirk that I adore. As we eat we talk, we play with Sophie the giraffe, we sing. Our mornings are predictable and lovely, one of the best parts of my day. This morning was even more special. Between bites of his oatmeal with fresh strawberry puree, my little boy looked right at me and clearly said, “Mama.” His first word! I’m sure he had no idea why this little word made me so happy but I’ll remember this morning for the rest of my life. What was your best mealtime moment with your babe?

Oatmeal with Fresh Strawberry Puree

Oatmeal (store-bought or homemade)
Fresh strawberries
Formula or breastmilk

Directions

1. Wash and slice strawberries. If berries are underripe, fill a medium saucepan with water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat until bubbles are soft. Add strawberries and cook 3-5 minutes. Drain and rinse fruit with cold water. Puree in a food processor or blender until smooth. Set aside.

2. Mix 4 ounces oatmeal according to package instructions, or prepare homemade oatmeal according to your recipe.

3. Add 2 ounces of strawberry puree to the oatmeal. Stir together and serve immediately.

4. Freeze leftover strawberry puree in airtight containers for up to three months.

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Apple-Banana Oatmeal

Sunday, March 6th, 2011

Mason is dismayed — his oatmeal is all gone!

Best for Babies 6+ months old

Breakfast is so fun.  Unlike lunch and dinner — where the veggies might not be sweet enough (say, mommy tries to coax Mason to eat green beans instead of sweet potatoes) — breakfast is a sure thing. You see, Mason knows he’s going to get oatmeal. And he loves his oatmeal. Loves it. He’ll eat it plain. He’ll eat it warm or cold. He’ll eat it with apples. He’ll eat it with banana. But his fave way to eat it is with a warm mixture of apple and banana. By itself, the organic banana is sweet and delicious. The apple, a Gala variety, is juicy and crisp. Combined the fruit makes a serendipitous match and mixed with the oatmeal it’s pure bliss, at least from Mason’s point of view. 

Apple-Banana Oatmeal

Ingredients

1 Gala apple
1 organic banana
1/3 cup baby oatmeal

Directions

1. Peel and slice apple into small chunks. Steam until soft (about 15 minutes). Reserve steaming liquid. Rinse apples in cold water.
2. Puree apple with sliced banana. Add liquid to get desired consistency (think applesauce).
3. Prepare oatmeal. Stir in two ounces of the fruit mixture. Freeze the leftovers.

Appropriate for 6  months and up

What does your babe like to eat for breakfast?

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