Monday, February 6, 2012

Foodie Baby: Tuna Salad With Whole Wheat

Protein? Check. Healthy benefits of eating fish? Check. Healthy fats and oils? Check. Robust and tangy flavors to introduce to the little one? Check. A touch of whole wheat? Check. An incredibly creamy and easily consumable baby food? CHECKITY CHECK!  As far as the age-old controversy as to which spread is healthier, real mayonnaise is the way to go if you plan on feeding it to a child. Although Miracle Whip has less calories and calories from fat, it also contains more sugar and is more processed. It is not our waistlines we are concerned about here, it is what is best for our children. Fat and calories are good  for their growing bodies and minds, always in moderation of course.


1 can of tuna, drained
1 and 1/2 Tbps. Mayonnaise or Miracle Whip
1 tsp. yellow or Dijon mustard
3 hamburger dill pickle slices
1/4 piece of whole wheat bread
2 Tbsp. whole milk

1.  Blend all ingredients in a food processor. Add any extra Tablespoons of whole milk as needed to reach desired consistency.
2.  I find that when trying particular strong or unusual flavors, even when tasted before but not on a regular basis, having enjoyable distractions help to keep the baby focused on things other than the eating task at hand. Read a favorite book and they'll open their mouths without even thinking about it, processing the taste without thinking too much about it. 
 3.  Next thing you know, they'll be eating the whole bowl!

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