Foodie babies dine al fresco. (pg. 6) PART I
“Foodie Babies Wear Bibs” by Michelle Sinclair Colman, Illustrations by Nathalie Dion
“al fresco” – a Spanish translation meaning outdoors or in open-air
We spend a lot of time outside whether we’re taking a stroll or walk in our neighborhood, swimming at the pool, browsing farmers markets, building sandcastles at the beach, enjoying nature outdoors or playing at the park. And that means…our lil’ foodie K is always dining al fresco. And that means…I ALWAYS have to be prepared to feed this Energizer bunny-of-an-appetite baby!
Striving to keep K’s diet one that only consists of organic produce, organic grass-fed meats and dairy and a sprinkling of nut butters, it’s not always easy to throw together a picnic lunch or on-the-go snacks, especially when we’ve decided to go on an outing only minutes before we must leave the door. So what are some of my go-to foods and tips for dining al fresco???
1. Convenient, ready-to-go, easy-to-eat foods include any produce in the fridge or freezer that can be eaten without being cooked definitely goes in the lunchbox! Before K had teeth, that meant any fresh soft fruit (banana, ripe pear, kiwi, avocado, etc.) or pre-frozen ice cubes of pureed fruits, vegetables or meats (she loved everything ice cold so it worked for us). Now that K has teeth and can chew, that list extends to any fresh/frozen fruit or vegetable she can handle on her own (apple, cucumber, berries and her favorite…frozen peas).
2. Cheese slices, cubes or sticks great to have in the fridge for a quick grab-and-go!
3. Veggie and fruit pouches are super easy to take (or even keep in your bag for emergencies…I say emergencies because they can add up fast $$$). My favorite are by Oh Baby Foods because they’re certified organic, non-GMO verified, don’t add sugar or any fruit juices and use an array of herbs and flavors. Definitely check them out ~ they’re K’s favorite and we’re lucky enough to have them at our local Whole Foods. Others we use are by Plum Organics and Happy Family.
4. Having organizers on hand to pack foods in like bento boxes or a sandwich box
with BPA-free silicone cupcake liners to compartmentalize food. I also use the Fit & Fresh Lunch on the Go Container Set with Removable Ice Pack for myself and oftentimes add K’s lunch in there with mine!
5. A spill-proof cup or sippy filled with water is a must, especially since you’ll be outdoors! K loves the Zoli Bot that has a silicone straw and allows baby to sip from all angles when the cup is tilted. We went straight from straw to cup, so I’m not too sure of brands when it comes to sippy cups. I’ve heard the Munchkin ones are a good buy!
6. We always have an insulated lunch bag filled with a cold pack/cubes, a bib, spoon and a few hand wipes and paper towels. K uses her Skip Hop bee lunch bag and I fill it with a new napkins, wipes, a spoon and bib every time I empty it so it’s ready to go.
How do you dine al fresco with your lil’ foodie?
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