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Trying to get my 1 year old to eat Paleo

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 28, 2012 at 9:23 PM

He's not quite into feeding his own self yet but I keep putting food in front of him on his tray which he generally shoves off and thinks is a game? Can anyone give me some ideas on how to introduce meat to him and vegetables? He's been eating the store bought "PLUM" brand baby food which does have texture, yet requires me to feed it to him with a spoon.
My husband and I are eating Paleo and loving it. I think it would be beneficial to my son to eat in this way too. Thanks for any suggestions on meal ideas and how to prepare them!

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on July 01, 2012
at 06:06 AM

Very cool, thanks!

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on June 29, 2012
at 04:11 PM

To get a good "jello" you need to use either chicken or beef feet. Cover them with water 3 inches over the bones and add apple cider vinegar. I think I boiled them on low for 8 to 12 hours. This will give you a good jello and you can add the fruit and vegetables to some of it and blend it into a puree and put in muffin tins and set it in the fridge overnight. If I don't get a good "jello" you can just make the popsicles. Any broth you have left over you can freeze for broths and stocks for other recipes. I freeze it in the muffin tins for smaller portions then put it in a ziplock.

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on June 29, 2012
at 02:52 PM

And a 1 year old is ready to explore other food.

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At that age, I would hold him in my lap, and he would grab whatever he wanted off of my plate. I would either leave things big enough for him to gnaw on, or shred or chew up anything that might be a choking hazard.

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The broth-based jello and popsicles sound awesome. I've only ever used prefab gelatin. Do you have to boil it down to make it thick enough?

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on June 28, 2012
at 11:09 PM

I just cut up whatever I'm eating into 1 year old size pieces...my boy is very anxious to eat whatever I am. I also don't feed him by himself...we eat together and I think this encourages him.

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on June 29, 2012
at 05:39 AM

At that age, I would hold him in my lap, and he would grab whatever he wanted off of my plate. I would either leave things big enough for him to gnaw on, or shred or chew up anything that might be a choking hazard.

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on June 29, 2012
at 03:35 AM

I have always let both my kids feed themselves from an early age, as early as 5 months, and they are both are really good eaters. They would eat just about anything I put in front of them. I started with bananas, sweet potato and avocado. I also never gave them anything out of a jar. They need to get used to REAL food, I would stop the stuff from the jar ASAP and just give him what ever you are eating. Some other suggestions are paleo crackers. There are some good recipes on www.elanaspantry.com. I have a 1 year old and a 3 year old. This is what they typically eat.

Breakfast: Scrambled Eggs and some squash or vegetable or banana

Snack: paleo crackers or fruit

Lunch: Sliced Ham sandwich on paleo home made bread, pulled chicken or egg salad with baby carrots. Maybe some fresh strawberries too. Applegate farms hotdogs are great for a quick lunch too. I will boil the hotdog and some carrots and then cut it up for them.

Snack: Home made popsicle or jello made with bone broth and pureed fruit and vegetables (they love this and think it is a treat)

Dinner: What ever we are eating usually some fish or shrimp with broccoli or beet and kale salad.

Also cut down on the milk if he is not yet eating solids. He should be eating everything you are at this point, just in smaller portions. I have 2 friends who had trouble getting their kids to eat and it was because they were filling up on milk and not feeling hungry enough to eat.

Finally, if you have a dehydrator you can puree vegetables and dehydrate it and blend it into a powder and sprinkle it on food to get in some extra veggies. Carrots work great!!

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

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on June 29, 2012
at 05:37 AM

The broth-based jello and popsicles sound awesome. I've only ever used prefab gelatin. Do you have to boil it down to make it thick enough?

Fc64db6a555559762432d503a1dbad19

(1478)

on June 29, 2012
at 04:11 PM

To get a good "jello" you need to use either chicken or beef feet. Cover them with water 3 inches over the bones and add apple cider vinegar. I think I boiled them on low for 8 to 12 hours. This will give you a good jello and you can add the fruit and vegetables to some of it and blend it into a puree and put in muffin tins and set it in the fridge overnight. If I don't get a good "jello" you can just make the popsicles. Any broth you have left over you can freeze for broths and stocks for other recipes. I freeze it in the muffin tins for smaller portions then put it in a ziplock.

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

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on July 01, 2012
at 06:06 AM

Very cool, thanks!

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on June 29, 2012
at 12:13 AM

HI Kristina.
How many months old is your one year old?

Finger food is appropriate at this age, for learning to self-feed and also for developing fine motor skills, eye-hand coordination and sensory exploration etc.

Maybe start with hunks of cooked sweet potato, potato or squash, banana, avocado

All the best.

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on June 29, 2012
at 02:55 PM

At a year, I would think he'd be beyond puree. Ditch the packaged food, get a food mill (like $10 in the baby section of your local big box store), and just grind up whatever you are eating for your meal. Keep nursing, if you still are, because that's going to provide most of his nutrition. And totally agree with providing chunks of things like avocado, sweet potato, and squash. Don't stress the meat--he'll get there.

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on June 29, 2012
at 02:03 PM

breastmilk is paleo

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on June 29, 2012
at 02:52 PM

And a 1 year old is ready to explore other food.

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on June 29, 2012
at 03:21 AM

Food is a game at that age :) Gradually though he will try eating it. Neither of my kids really ate purees, we mostly went with finger foods. Generally I would cut them into long thin spears that could be held easily. Even foods that they might not yet really eat will still be explored - whole green beans, little broccoli florets, etc. Honestly I think I did the same with meat, I would cut a hamburger patty, or sausage into long thin strips. Firm steak also, because they can get a lot of the juice and the taste even if they can't chew it.

A whole, peeled apple is another good one - because it's not cut into pieces, they tend to grate it with their teeth and not get big chunks.

Scrambled eggs and avocado are both great foods for little kids.

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on June 28, 2012
at 10:39 PM

What happens when you hand him the spoon with the baby food on it? It'll be messy in the beginning, but fun to watch him learn to navigate it. Try putting a small piece of whatever you are giving him in his mouth so he tastes it and put the rest on his tray. He'll figure it out. If you get him started early eating whatever you are, there will be fewer fights around the dinner table later!

Good luck!

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on June 28, 2012
at 11:01 PM

Did a quick search and Plum is baby puree right? So puree everything or dice everything up. Also are you presenting the solid foods like they're not foods to begin with? Do you treat them a different way than when you provide the Plum stuff? Kids catch on to that super quick especially if something is deemed "fun time."

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