One thing I have been struggling with regarding Ben’s food intake is ensuring that he gets enough protein. The kid eats like a horse, but then he’s never full. Husband keeps saying, “You don’t know what it’s like to be a boy.” Yes. This is true. But I’ll be darned if I am pureeing meat. The thought makes me shudder. Thus, we have been giving Ben a smattering of other protein-rich foods.
Much to our surprise, at our 6-month check-up the doctor said that Ben could start eating peanut butter. The research is so mixed these days on when babies can have what. However, if the doctor suggested it, we decided to try it. Big success. Ben has become a peanut butter monster. I like to mix organic peanut butter with vanilla yogurt. It is absolutely phenomenal. I’m going to make a lower fat grown-up version sometime soon.
In addition to the peanut butter, we’ve been trying out some legumes. Black beans have gone over ok. We have to mix them with a ton of yogurt in order for Ben to really dig them. Chickpeas went over like carrots–not good. It partially could have been that I got too bold with the seasoning, so we’ll try them again soon. One food I was really surprised about was lentils. Ben went crazy for lentils. Basically, I pureed some precooked lentils from Trader Joe’s with some applesauce, mixed it with plain yogurt and voila! Love at first bite. It sounds amazingly gross, but the kid loves them. Here’s the recipe:
Ben’s Favorite Lentils
1/2 c pre-cooked lentils from Trader Joe’s (or cook your own lentils)
3 Tbs cinnamon apple sauce (here’s a recipe and add in 2 tsp of cinnamon)
- Put 1/2 c of lentils into the bowl of a food processor and add in the applesauce
- Puree until smooth
- Serve with equal parts yogurt and lentils for a protein and calcium rich meal
As a fair warning, lentils have a lot of fiber in them…this can lead to epic poops. Just sayin’.