Does Order of Consumption Matter?

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Someone brought this up to me recently: Should you eat your meat and your fruit at the same time, in the same meal?

I didn’t find any information about meat and fruit specifically, but I found a few things about “meat and carbs” and other combinations of foods. I didn’t find any information about the order of eating when it comes to babies! I’m guessing it’s because baby led weaning is a newer term, and there aren’t studies out there. 

When it comes to your baby, offering lots of fruit throughout the day can give him a taste for sweet things, which isn’t ideal. So I would suggest offering vegetables and proteins to your baby, and then 10 minutes later, putting a piece of fruit on his tray/plate if you are worried about it. But that doesn’t have anything to do with digestion.

There is a lot of evidence to support eating your protein first. But the reason is that it could help with weight loss. It doesn’t seem to connect with digestion.

Eating protein first will stimulate insulin production, and insulin can suppress appetite. If you eat a little of your protein first, then chances are, you’ll eat less throughout your meal. 

This website (Fruits and Veggies More Matters) points out that, once the food is consumed in the same meal, it all gets mashed together in your stomach.

“Fruit is nutritious, raw or cooked, and is readily digested, whether alone or in combination with other foods.” (Source)

“Your digestive tract can handle a variety of food groups at the same time. There is no proof that eating protein and carbohydrates separately aids digestion….” (Source)

The conclusion, to me, is that it doesn’t really matter for your baby. If you offer fruits and veggies and proteins all at once, your baby will eat what he wants to eat, in the order he wants to eat it. Now, there will almost always be a study out there that proves your point, which is why I tried to find several different sources. That said, which sources can you trust? Many of the quotes I mentioned don’t have a credible source or research cited. I don’t generally trust random quotes on the internet because you never really know what’s opinion and what is fact. 

Remember, you are the mama (or dad… do I have any dads who follow my page?), so go with your gut. If something seems off, or if your baby seems to have trouble with digestion, then start to find the culprit. Until then, I wouldn’t stress about the order of food or the way you combine your offerings.

Finally, I will leave this here. My friend Nick said it, and I think it’s great advice: “Just eat naturally occurring food in reasonable portions, and everything will be ok.”

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Peanut Butter Banana Ice Pops

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Incredibly easy. Delicious for baby AND parents.

First, you’ll need to pop a banana in the freezer for several hours. 

Tick tock tick tock.

Okay, now that your banana is frozen, grab some milk and peanut butter. (See my post from yesterday about peanuts and peanut butter!)

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Yes, my banana is sitting directly on the counter. But I do wipe it down before these pictures! And soon — SOON, I say! — I’ll have a lovely surface on which to take these super high quality, professional (iPhone camera) food photos.

Anyway, you’ll simply blend these ingredients until it’s nice and smooooth. (Say that out loud with me: “Smoooooooooth”.)

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I have these fantastic little ice pop molds from Munchkin. (That’s an affiliate link, by the way.)

Pour your mixture into your molds. 

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They’ll need to freeze for at least 4 hours before you can enjoy them. I made them while I was cooking breakfast, so by the time lunch rolled around, they were ready!

This recipe makes a little too much for 6 mini ice pops. So I poured the rest of the mixture into a glass and had myself a small peanut butter banana smoothie. Yum!

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It seems a bit silly to include a recipe card here, but I do like to be consistent. So here ya go:

Peanut Butter Banana Ice Pops
Yields 6
Super easy and yummy treat for your baby
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Prep Time
3 hr
Cook Time
4 hr
Total Time
7 hr
Prep Time
3 hr
Cook Time
4 hr
Total Time
7 hr
Ingredients
  1. 1 frozen banana (which is why I said prep time is 3 hours)
  2. 2 tablespoons of peanut butter
  3. 1/4 cup of milk
Instructions
  1. Peel and freeze a banana.
  2. Blend the frozen banana with the peanut butter and milk.
  3. Pour the mixture into ice pop molds.
  4. Freeze for 4+ hours.
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A Note About Peanuts

A NoteAboutPeanutsA lot of people are very nervous about peanut butter. And rightly so. I’m sure you’re aware that a peanut butter allergy is really scary stuff. 

Here’s what you should know about a peanut allergy and how it could affect your baby:

First, when someone says that there’s a “history of allergy”, they are really referring to immediate relatives. That means, does your baby’s mom, dad, or sibling(s) have a peanut allergy? If NOT, chances are, your baby won’t either. (Source)

Even if there is a history of allergy, you don’t necessarily need to worry that your baby will.

Before 2008, it was thought that exposing babies early to peanuts would increase the likelihood of their developing an allergy. But after more research was conducted, it’s now believed that introducing them early can actually keep them from developing the allergy.

If you don’t have peace of mind about it, there’s no need to offer peanut butter to your baby! I love peanut butter. My husband and I eat a lot of it. So it only makes sense that we would at least offer it to our baby from time to time. (For the record, Alexander loves peanut butter.)

The other issue with peanuts is choking! Whole nuts and peanuts are most definitely a choking hazard. While nut butters are perfectly fine (outside of the allergy issue I just mentioned), whole nuts are to be avoided until your kid has loads of teeth. There’s no set age on that; but if you’re confident that your child can put a peanut in his mouth, chew it thoroughly, and then swallow it, then go for it.

I know, for me, that won’t be for a long time. He’s only got 4 teeth right now. 🙂

If you’ve got questions, please let me know! I linked to a few articles I found, and there is more information if you click them.

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What Can My Baby Eat? (No Teeth!)

(Earlier today, I answered the question “What can my 6-month-old eat?“) I get this question a lot, too. It also looks like, “My baby has no teeth! What can he eat?” 

“What can my baby eat? He’s got no teeth!”

This will be a shorter post than the last one.

The short answer: EVERYTHING.

The rest of that answer is this: Okay, not everything. But almost.

  • no added salt or sugar
  • no whole nuts
  • no honey in any form
  • grapes (and cherry tomatoes and other similarly-shaped firm foods) should be cut in half lengthwise

REMEMBER… your baby has no clue that he’s got no teeth. He doesn’t realize he’s not “supposed” to eat solid foods without teeth. He doesn’t think it’s weird or scary. It’s just new and fun and interesting and yummy. You’re the one with the holdup! C’mon, mom! 🙂 (Just pickin’.)

So, what it boils down to is your comfort level. The nice thing about baby led weaning is that you don’t need to make separate meals for your baby. Occasionally I make a slightly modified version that just adds 1-2 steps to what I’m already making. But I don’t have to make a totally separate meal. So if you’re having chicken with beans and rice, you should just give your baby chicken with beans and rice!

NOTE: Some babies will get frustrated with not being able to grab onto or “chew” certain foods. If that happens, try breaking it into a different shape or mashing it just a little. Sometimes, just a slight change will make a big difference. The biggest thing is that you don’t need to put food in your baby’s mouth. He will figure things out quickly enough; just give him time!

 

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Nut Butter RECALL

 

Some brands of peanut and almond butters are being recalled.

The brands are Arrowhead and Maranatha, and also there are a few items from Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Safeway, and Kroger that are being recalled.

There have been 4 reported illnesses that apparently linked to this recall. 

You can find out specific information HERE.

 

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