Well-balanced meal plan for a 12 month old
Hi everyone! I haven`t had time to post before, but a lot on my mind lately. It`s so hard to find information aligned with your beliefs as to feeding a toddler. Not much help from family or doctor :( I was vegetarian (vegan for a while too) for 10 years. Sadly, I haven`t realized that I`ve been a junk food veggie - processed soy meats and tofu were a staple in our diet!! During my pregnancy I heard about raw foodism, and my transition started. Now, my husband and I eat more raw foods, seeds and nuts. I also make smoothies in a Vita-Mix. But since being a mom I have so much less time to spend researching and reading more on raw foodism. I hope you can share some of your knowledge and offer your advice. Or even direct me to a good book on this subject.
I want to plan a well-balanced menu for my son, who just turned 1. I`m breastfeeding him, and intend to until for at least another year. He`s also eating solids now. I want to get all the nutrients and vitamins he needs, but I don`t know how to with a mostly raw food diet for him. I`m not completely raw I admit, but we`re doing the best we can. The foods must be compatible with toddler`s digestive system and be not very allergenic:
- raw pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower and chia seeds - are these ok? Or is it better to soak seeds or sprout them? Sprouting is on my list of things to learn!
-kale, collards, carrots, tomatoes - are these ok in smoothies?
Also, what are the best sources of iron and zinc on a raw foods diet?
My doc suggested I feed him beans every day because I said I`m not giving him meat. This seems like a lot of beans to me! Beans make him gassy, as well as broccoli. Is there another protein-rich food I can give on a daily basis? I was thinking hemp seeds, but don`t know if that`s ok for a toddler.
Looking forward to your replies!:heart