My son's first birthday is in a few weeks and we're gearing up to start eliminating baby food and relying solely on "grown-up food" for his meals. I need some ideas for healthy foods to keep in stock at the house to feed him for his meals. I'm interested in general food ideas as well as specific, brand-named healthy options if you have suggestions.
I'm not going to have a lot of time to cook meat in the middle of the day for him, so I'm planning to save dinner leftovers from the night before for him to maybe eat the next day in small bites (i.e. chicken breast, fish?, pork tenderloin, etc.). Is that a good plan?
He's still getting used to new textures and he has about nine teeth to work with so far. I know I can cook vegetables until they're soft enough for him to gum/chew (carrots, green beans?, squash). He's good at eating Cheerios and small bits of fruit.
The few healthy kid-food ideas I have from a parenting magazine so far are:
Boar's Head all natural deli meats
Reduced-fat Triscuits (he wouldn't quite be able to handle the pokey texture of these yet)
Nature's Own 100% wheat bread
Kirkland Signature organic instant whole grain oatmeal
Quaker Simple Harvest instant multigrain cereals
Kashi TLC 7-grain crackers
Cheerios and Multigrain Cheerios
And I got some Annie's mac-and-cheese because I've heard that's one of the healthier mac-and-cheese options out there. Is that right?
Any other suggestions of general or specific options so that I can feed him healthy, varied, and well-rounded meals? Your ideas are much appreciated!