Since becoming a mommy, there are some random things that I’ve noticed that no one mentions about having children. I’ll be posting about these things now and then.
The first one I noticed has to do with baby wearing. It has been my intent all along to have the baby in a carrier, on me, in order to get things done throughout the day. When he was a bitty baby it was also one of the best ways to get him to nap. This means he was in the carrier a good portion of daylight hours. If you aren’t familiar with baby wearing, especially infant baby wearing, picture a baby shoved down the front of your shirt with his head sticking out…his forehead just about at your chin level.
Now…since he’s there most of the day, that means if you want to eat, you’ll be eating over his head. What no one told me, was that you’d need to avoid dropping crumbs on the baby’s head. (This also applies to eating while nursing the baby…since this is how he spends a lot of the time that he’s not sleeping.) So many foods that we think of as “easy” suddenly AREN’T.
- Soup, Stew, and Chili – easy to make, easy to reheat, not easy to eat without dripping onto the baby…unless it’s a “drinkable” soup…but that’s not how I like my soup!
- Salad – requires no cooking, but fluffy leaves don’t get onto forks well when you can’t brace the bowl with your other hand (when nursing) and like to pop off the fork anyway. Dressing also likes to drip off the leaves.
- Chips (of any sort) – aren’t exactly the healthiest food choice, but when you’re desperate! I remember how I used to like to find the largest chips that were whole. Now, those large chips mean I have to break the chip to get it into my mouth…which means crureciperecipembs on the baby. The small , broken chips are now my friends.
- Sandwiches – unless you cut them into bite sized pieces (that fit all at once in your mouth) you’re dealing with crumbs again!
- Cereal – cold cereal is drippy, hot cereal is hot and blobby.
- Tacos – Forget it!
So…I’ve learned to eat mostly acceptable foods with low dripping or crumbling rates. Like what? Anything that can be popped into your mouth in one bite without dripping.
- Almond Bites – frozen yumminess without drips. Perfect! What do you mean they aren’t nutritious? They are made from almonds…it’s right in their name!
- Tater Tots – baked bites of potato goodness. Of course they’re so processed they have almost no fiber or nutrition left in them, but they taste good alone, or to be gourmet, dipped in almost any condiment!
- A “cereal” that I’ve concocted that is so thick it stays on the spoon. (Recipe below.)
- Fruits and veggies that either are already bite sized (like grapes and mandarin orange segments,) or that I’ve found time to chop into bite sized pieces. Bonus if I have something to dip them in! (Usually hummus…for veggies anyway.)
- Homemade granola bars made bite sized.
- 2 parts pepitas
- 2 parts hemp seed
- 2 parts chia seed
- 2 parts ground flax seed
- 2 parts ground sesame seed
- 2 parts shredded coconut
- 5 parts gluten free oats (Optional. If omitted, use 2/3 cup total as a serving.)
You’ll get used to eating this way, and then when you get to eat without the baby being in the drip and crumb zone…with both hands…and utensils…you’ll think it’s wonderful! (Even if it’s just quinoa pasta with tomato sauce.)
For a single serving use tablespoons as the measurement, but I usually use cups as the measure, then about one cup of the mixture is a serving. I use all raw ingredients, but I didn’t see why toasted wouldn’t also work if that’s what you have or prefer.
Combine all ingredients. To serve, combine 1 cup or one serving of the cereal mixture with 1 cup of water. (If omitting the oats use 3/4 cup water.) Let soak for 10-20 minutes, or longer. Add sweetener, fruit, or other toppings you like. I like to add raisins and freeze dried fruit. The longer it sits, the thicker it gets. Feel free to add more water if it ends up thicker than you like. (You can also use any other thin liquid such as rice milk or apple juice. Whatever you like!) I usually store the dry mix in the fridge because the seeds, especially flax, can go rancid so easily.