When Cecilia was about 18 months, I was giving myself a big pat on the back because she was an awesome eater and enjoying all sorts of foods, like asparagus and tofu. I knew I was doing a great service to her by introducing her to different foods early on.
But then she turned two.
Suddenly, she hated everything except hot dogs and applesauce, and even then, those foods had certain rules. Hot dogs need ketchup, and the applesauce had to be the squeezy packet kind. Homemade, home canned organic applesauce wasn’t good enough. It needed a cap.
Thankfully Cecilia’s starting to come out of that a little bit. She’s starting to eat salad with dressing and applesauce in individual container. Once again, tofu is a favorite. However, some stuff is still a toss up. She hates melon, loves grapes. She’ll only eat carrots that have cooked all day with a roast. It’s just trial and error.
Today, however, was a big win. Last night I grabbed a bunch of apples from the bargain bin at the grocery store. You know, the ones with a spot on them and need to be consumed immediately. Normally I only buy squash or something that is easy to prepare and consume a lot of at one time. It had been a while since I made dried fruit in my awesome food dehydrator, and I thought apple chips would make a good snack.
I have to admit that I was a little frustrated while cutting up 15 pieces of fruit, but it was totally worth it this morning when I discovered Cecilia LOVES dried apples. Fresh apples are one of those toss up fruits for her - some days she’ll eat it, some days she just gives it to the dog - but she can’t get enough dried apples. And it’s a big bonus that I know where the apples came from and that NOTHING was added to them. It’s just fruit - no sugars, no preservatives. Looks like I’ll be shopping that bargain fruit bin a little more.