Coincidentally, this power outage required us to live like nomads for a brief (but stressful) period of time this past week and I'm just coming up for air and can finally do some blogging. A big shout out to my dad for taking us in - and letting us take over his house - so we had a place to keep Sheridan's formula ingredients. Also, a REALLY big thank you to our fabulous neighbors, Yolanda and John, who took SIX MONTHS WORTH of Sheridan's frozen food and stored it for us. We didn't lose a singly morsel for Sheridan. We, on the other hand, lost everything. Which brings me back to my story...
As I was walking through the Sacramento Natural Food Co-op an interesting "thing" caught my eye. The sign below it read "Dragon Fruit" and I'd never seen it before in my life. Looks like this...
I'm always thinking about what food to introduce next for Sheridan, and quite honestly, I've gotten a bit lazy lately. He has so much variety in his diet now (each meal typically consists of at least six different food items), that I haven't been really good about consistently introducing new foods every few days. But here was an opportunity!
I asked the produce guy, "What can you tell me about dragon fruit?" He simply offered to cut one up and let me try it. I couldn't pass that up (I try everything I give to Sheridan, and at $10.99 a pound I wasn't that eager to experiment on something called dragon fruit).
And it was good (the texture is like a kiwi, flavor is similar to a kiwi and tart strawberry for lack of a more specific description - I had never tasted anything like it). And it was absolutely gorgeous on the inside. It actually turned heads in the produce section (many people rushed over to get their taste... and quite a few left with a dragon fruit in their bag). Now how many fruits do you know that can turn heads?!
So I bought two and headed home to have Sheridan try it.
I cut it up...
And mashed it in a bowl.
I let Gary feed it to him (I'm not stupid). And Sheridan took his first bite.
Then Gary attempted a second bite...
And then Sheridan opened wide for more...
So I decided it's a winner and blended up the remaining dragon fruit to freeze in cubes (I got 24 cubes out of the remaining fruit).
I wish I had left it whole for mashing instead of blending it (I'm borrowing my friend's VitaMix for a test run and I forgot that it pulverizes everything). So, it's a bit soupy and runny, but will mix well with a cube of apples or something a bit more dense.
Add another new food to the list! If only Gary and I ate as healthy as Sheridan...
And here's the list (all items are organic) for anyone who cares:
blueberries (probably his absolute favorite food)
papaya (he's not a fan, but will eat it mixed with other fruits)
pumpkin (mix with apples + cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves = yum!)
tomatoes (I make him homemade marinara and freeze it in cubes)
yellow doll watermelon
butternut squash (he loves this with marinara)
corn (one of his fave veggies)
sweet peas (other fave)
sweet potato (other fave)
Barbara's Breakfast Os (gluten-free, organic version of cheerios that uses ingredients already on this list - these are great for working on the pincer grasp and learning self-feeding!)
I make a homemade porridge (hot cereal) with brown rice, oats, or quinoa (or any combination of them together) that Sheridan loves. And the best gluten-free pastas I've found are made with brown rice, quinoa, or corn + quinoa.
Dover sole (he's only had it twice)
butter (used very sparingly)
YOUR TURN: What does your little one like that's not on this list? I'm always looking for new ideas!