Well hello everyone!! I wanted to share an update with you on Leo’s eating habits as lately, I’ve been getting a lot of questions about what his favourite foods are and what sort of milk we give him because we are somewhat “Plant-based” …
So fill up your cup of coffee … and maybe get a snack for this read because I don’t know about you but I get hungry talking about food. LOL.
Leo is 15 months old (crazy, I know …) and when it comes down to it, he is basically eating everything WE eat, which means he is MOSTLY plant based as well. I’ll admit I REALLY struggled after pulling him off of formula because I was so confused as to what to give him for milk. Because we are mainly plant-based and NEVER bought milk before I struggled with this decision. We have friends and know people who are completely vegan and whose babies and families are completely vegan (and THRIVING!). I am aware there are many healthy plant-based milk options for babies as well, but I just could not move past “what was normal for ME, what I grew up with and what our family was comfortable with”. To be honest, this is just a really confusing topic for me because there are very reliable sources who say that animal products are still good for you and then there are some very reliable sources that animal products are actually NOT healthy for you. So imagine the torment when trying to decide what to give my child?!?!? LOL Am I the only one here!!? … All I know is that I wanted to make sure that Leo was getting what was best for his growth and development so in the end, we decided to go with grass-fed cow’s milk … now, we are SUPER PICKY when it comes to the milk he drinks … he gets two 8 ounce bottles a day (one when he wakes and one before bed) and we only give him Grass Roots Dairy Homogenized Milk.
I actually went and visited this dairy farm a few years ago and I really felt that they treated their cows the best and loved their systems and policies with calves and cows! Having said that, Leo only gets two bottles a day and sometimes I find myself flip-flopping between what really IS the best way to go and I start stressing myself out about it … but I think back to how I was raised (pretty much off of hot dogs, KD and apple juice!! LOL) and today we are so concerned about whether it’s organic or from Whole Foods, etc. that it can be hard to make the “right” decision. I remind myself that surely caring THIS much, must ensure he is getting the proper nutrients!
If I were to do this all over again, I would have kept breastfeeding until he was 2, so that I didn’t have to make the decision at all … well, there is always baby number 2!!!
I guess in the end, if I really didn’t want Leo consuming milk products then I should have kept breastfeeding him. Period. However, due to my crazy schedule I just found it harder and harder to do so I stopped breastfeeding him when he was 6 months old this was SUCH a difficult decision for me!
Welp. Moving on from the milk part, as most of you know we are MAINLY plant-based in our household but I would say we still eat meat maybe once or twice a week. It is usually either ocean-wise seafood, local wild line caught, or chicken or beef from a local farm. We do also eat eggs in our home, this is one of Leo’s favourite foods in the morning, the boy loves his scrambled eggs. I get our eggs from our neighbors down the road, the chickens don’t have a pen, they roam free and lay their eggs in the field and the kids run around and pick them up! You can’t get much better and free range than that!! So, bottom line, I actually feel good about the amount and quality of animal products we eat (and Leo eats!) …
Leo also LOOOVES my green smoothie, and for me, it’s a HUGE nutrient peace of mind every day! I make one for myself and I make sure to add a little extra so there is enough for him as well … I put it in a cup for him and he hunkers down on Nacho’s chair and sips away! LOL. Here’s what I like to add to our smoothies:
Our Green Smoothie
- Oranje Juice (mixing the orange juice with the spinach ensures ultimate iron absorption or something like that … Tori taught that to me! LOL)
- Coconut Water
- Coconut Oil
- Chia Seeds
- Hemp Seeds
- Vanilla (Just for a little flavour)
Leo also can’t seem to get enough of pasta (apparently, neither can Nacho … LOL) … and raspberries … couldn’t he have picked a cheaper fruit to like?? LOL!! But along with those, he seems to really like the following …
Leo’s Favourite Foods
- Baked Beans
- Whole Grain Toast with Peanut Butter
- Cheese (I usually buy cheese curds from Grass Roots Dairy as well!)
- Fruit (of all kinds but those raspberries are his number 1 … lol)
- Potatoes, French Fries, Tater Tots (thank god for potatoes)
- Fish (he is a HUGE sushi fan!)
- Ceviche from Cactus Club (LOL … seriously kid, you’re breakin’ the bank!)
- Kite Hill Cream Cheese on Toast
- Vegan Perogies (You’ll have to wait until the cookbook for this recipe!!)
- Broccoli Tots
Oh … and cupcakes. LOLLLL!!
So you’ll see that he eats quite the mix of foods so it’s pretty hard for me to “label” Leo’s diet … and mine, for that matter. While 90% of the time we like to eat a plant-based diet (for our reasons and plant-based journey click here), when Leo goes to his grandparents he has whatever they give him … whether it’s ice cream, chicken, beef, bologna (ewww!! LOL) … Leo actually enjoys meat so if we are at home and I provide him with a bunch of plant-based options and he doesn’t like anything I’m offering, I will dig into the freezer and whip the kid up some meat LOL. I mean, what Leo eats will certainly be up to him as he gets older and we will give him that choice, but I will absolutely educate him on food and where it comes from.
Leo also goes to Daycare 2 days a week now and I let him eat whatever they are served there EXCEPT ham … that’s my one rule … I’ve done so much research on pigs and have come to learn that they have such a high level of intelligence and they are really emotional animals … they’re just like dogs. Eeeppp. So we are a no – pork household! (yes, that means we don’t eat bacon anymore and YES I miss it! LOL) …
Well, there you have it! That’s my update on Leo’s eating habits so far … it’s no lie that sometimes I do get a little stressed about what I’m feeding him … but like I said I keep reminding myself that there is NO way in hell my parents over thought it like I did and I turned out ok so I think Leo will be JUST fine full of love and beans! LOL!!