Dip, Dip, Crunch!

Dip, Dip, Crunch

That’s the name of the game I play with Lili every time we are eating fruit with whole milk yogurt!
Introducing solid foods to Lili wasn’t an easy task. Unfortunately, she is a picky eater and is not a big fan of changes. She started eating pureed food around 8-9 months old. Robbie was whipping her up peaches (her favorite), pears, bananas “smushed”, homegrown butternut squash, and homemade whole milk yogurt, but we were always concerned about introducing a greater variety of foods.

After she turned 1, I started offering breakfast from my plate — usually, bread and eggs. Lucky for me, she started to chew, and one or two months later she could eat breakfast with me without choking.

I thought that was the end of Lili’s picky-eater era. I was going to be able to be a normal mom — the one that just chopped some meat, veggies and fruits from my plate for her meals and she was just going to feed herself. All rainbows and unicorns!!!!

No, no, no!!! For months, the only foods she ate by herself (when she wanted to) were eggs and bread!!!! After she turned 2, and many attempts from our OT suggesting the dipping game, I asked for help from Robbie’s best friend, Luke, aka Uncle Coach. He is like a brother to me and is considered Lili’s uncle. He eats fruits and veggies all day long! Every Friday it’s #freshfruitfriday at Frederick Gymnastics Club, he brings fresh fruit to his gymnasts for a snack. So I asked him how I could introduce fruit to Liliana — not pureed, but the actual fruit. I needed something in our journey to be “normal”!

Here are the tips he gave me:

  1. Slice the fruit really thin! Makes for an easier introduction. She would be overwhelmed with a big slice of fruit!
  2. Sprinkle a bit of lemon juice to add to the flavor
  3. Dip it in whole milk yogurt, a flavor she’s familiar with! (Yes, my OT’s suggestions came to mind when he said this.)
  4. Eat with her!!! She will mimic you; she eats what you eat!

And that’s what I did!! One day after her gymnastics class, I made us a snack to share: sliced apple with whole milk yogurt! We sat down and I started signing “dip, dip, and crunch” while I dipped my apple and took a bite!! When I saw her doing the same thing, I was so happy, so proud!! I could finally give my daughter a healthy snack that she will eat and enjoy!! Now, she even eats bananas without smushing them in her hands! We keep practicing and some days are better than others, but unless she is sick, I get her to eat at least 7 or 8 slices of fruit a day!!

Pureed food is out of the equation! And Liliana is on her way to being #fgchealthy! If you want to learn more about the #freshfruitfriday and #fgchealthy movement, visit @frederickgymnasticsclub Instagram!

Do you have a favorite healthy snack? Share them with us in the comment section!

Special thank you to all our editors: Wendy Zook, Lucas Mulhern and Terrance.

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