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Best Products For My EA-TEF Child
It is so frustating to feed an EA-TEF child once they grow out of the baby food purees! You don’t want to delay the introduction of table foods but you are also scared of the “stuck” incidents. This is a list of the foods that we buy for him that he can manage on his own without any problems.
It took as a while to find the right products but we are happy we have several options to choose from. Remember, homemade food is the best kind but sometimes there is no time to cook and so these options come in very handy.
Dr. Praeger’s Fish Nuggets I found these the easiest for my son to eat. They are made with wild minced polluck, a very mild fish for our little ones. I usually cut them in 4 and feed him one bite at a time. You can find them at a Health Supermarket like Whole Foods or the Dora fishies from Amazon Dr Praegers Lightly Breaded Dora Fishies I also like their Dr Praegers Lightly Breaded Fish Stick and their veggies Dr. Praeger’s Broccoli Littles.
Remember homemade is a better choice and you can make your own veggie nuggets like my Broccoli Cauliflower Nuggets recipe or serve fish (in our experience so easy to eat flaked) like my Salmon With Couscous or Wild Mahi Mahi With Quinoa recipes.
Earth’s Best Elmo Mini Waffles I love Earth’s Best products. My son loves Sesame Street and gets really excited about his Elmo Waffles. They are a great source of whole grains! Waffles and syrup are always a favorite!!!! Try honey instead of syrup too! I find waffles to be good for my son because they are easy to swallow. A good brand I recommend also is Natures Path Organic Frozen Waffle
Veggie Straws I don’t know if we can survive without them! As a snack with different types of dips my son absolutely loves them! Try Veggie Straws with hummus, mashed avocado, or any other dip! You can also try Harvest Snaps Sanpea Crisps. I have tried many different brands and they all work really work for my son.
Happy Bites Salmon and Veggie Stix Perfect finger food for toddlers! Did you know Salmon is recommended as one of the best foods for toddler’s brain development? Plus this little “croquetes” have 7 hidden veggies inside. I don’t cut them for my son, I just give him one at a time and make sure he takes small bites. I also make my own at home, check out my Salmon Bites recipe!
Annie’s Mac and Cheese Most toddlers love mac and cheese but moms are obviously concerned it is not a very healthy meal. I found this Annie’s Macaroni & Cheese to be a good option for my son. Made with 5 different types of grains including quinoa! Plus all the ingredients are natural. I am very careful with pasta as it is tricky for our EA-TEF kids. I cook them a couple of minutes more than recommended and add more milk and some olive oil. I still cut the pasta in half. Try it with cooked and chopped broccoli too like my Healthy Homemade Mac And Cheese recipe!
Pepperidge Farm thin sliced bread Best first bread I found for my son. It is very thin and since it is 100% whole wheat it dissolves easily. At first I tried it with Peanut Butter and let him take little bites always toasting the bread. Then as I saw he had no problems I gave him the whole piece of bread. Made cheese pizzas or grilled cheese sandwiches. I now make egg salad or chicken salad sandwiches for him. Making sure the chicken and eggs are chopped into very small pieces or mashed. After he turned two, I started giving him the bread without toasting. After mastering the thin slices you can try different brands and varieties. We also like Alvarado Street Bakery Multi Grain Bread
Chicken Nuggets They are fully cooked so you don’t need to bake them like the fish nuggets. I usually cut them in 6. My son loves mustard and ketchup with them. I get these chicken bites at Whole Foods. They are super soft, gluten free and made without artificial ingredients.
I am also including a couple of kitchen tools that have helped me so much specially during my son’s first two years:
The NUK Mash & Serve Bowl has been for us the most useful tool. Mashes fruits and vegetables really well and you can just serve it in the same bowl. I used to take it to restaurants and just mash my son’s food in it. A highly recommend EA-TEF moms to buy one. It is inexpensive and so useful. I used to mash avocados, beans, potatoes, bananas, even ground meat and pasta!
The Orka by Mastrad Popsicle Molds, Set of 4 is our favorite product to make delicious homemade ice pops. Before my son was two years old, he had so much trouble with fruits and veggies. They were always getting stuck! So I thought of blending and freezing as ice pops! He loves them! You can see my post: Great Snack Idea: Ice Pops! for recipes.
If you have any questions, please leave a message and I will be glad to talk about the products I recommend in this post. If you have any suggestions or would like to recommend other tools or products, I will love to know about them. I am always looking for more ideas!