Lucas’ diet is something I’m constantly asked about (and I really don’t mind).
How does he get his protein? His calcium? His iron?
Just today someone said to me ‘how does almond butter have calcium in it when dairy comes from a cow?’
I mentioned before I’ve printed off food charts at home to make sure that 1, I mix up his meals when doing meal prep, and 2, to make sure he gets a little of what he needs in every meal, every day. I now know how many mgs of calcium a baby of his age is meant to get, I know how much per 100g, or how much roughly over a week. Do I follow this religiously? Nope 🙂 Am I worried if he doesn’t get it all in a day? nope! But at least I can make sure he gets a little of all in pretty much every meal.
As requested – I’ve put together some meal ideas I do for my wee man that are easy and thought through, nutritional meals. Now, like myself and his Dad, Lucas loves food. He eats like there’s no tomorrow. So his typical amount may differ from others. In my next post I’m going to put together different foods and their nutritional bits and bobs 🙂
Oats with blackberries and strawberries,
Mid morning Smoothie – The easiest way to load them up with essential minerals in a juice 🙂
1. Kale, blueberries, strawberries, half a banana and some nut butter of your choice 🙂 (meridian do cashew, peanut and almond and contain no palm oil)
2. Spinach, carrot, ginger and orange. This ones best topped up with water – a current fave in our household.
Quick easy lunch for us mums with not so much time..
1.Avo pouches and beans. Avocado and humous in pitta pouches with baked beans. 4 ingredients and about 5 minutes.
For when you have a little more time but still just as easy.
2. 3 bean ‘salad’ with rice and broccoli.
Ingredients: Garlic, chickpeas, kidney beans, white beans, rice, broccoli, humous.
Cook up all your ingredients, mix together once cooked (bar the broccoli) drizzle of oil and a spoon of humous. Great one to eat cold in the summer too 🙂
1. Quick and easy dinner – Pasta with secret greens* in pasta sauce.
Ingredients: Pasta, oil, spinach or collard greens and garlic.Little Tip. Secret green* sauce.. Blend up your greens raw, add them to your garlic, onion and chopped tomato sauce and muahahaha they’re eating a whole serving of greens without even realising. Lucas doesn’t like the texture of the leaves so this works a treat for us.
2. Okra curry.
Ingredients: Red Onion, garlic, cumin, curry powder, cinnamon, okra, kale, chopped tomatoes and riceFry up your red onion, garlic, cumin, cinnamon and curry powder. After a few mins, throw in your chopped okra and blended kale. After about 10mins – in goes the chopped tomatoes and let that simmer for 20 to 30 mins. Have your rice cooking at the same time and ta da. (add chopped chilli and chilli flakes if you want to cook for yourself 🙂 )
I’ve deffo written this one out before but its a great yoghurt replacement.
Banana, almond milk, blueberries and nut butter. Blend and enjoy!
Fruit salad (good to eat after meals especially your kiwis, strawberries and oranges)
Dried fruit – dates, apricots and raisins are always a good shout for the vegan youts.
Toast and nut butter or humous.
And if you’ve continued to read this far firstly thank you 🙂 and secondly I hope this has given you some inspo. Send me your recipes and I’ll share them!