Eating healthy food comes naturally to some babies
I know I’ve frequently complained about what a fussy eater my (nearly) two-year-old is, but it was really driven home in the last couple of weeks when my sister came to visit from India with her husband and daughter, who is 22-months old.
While Aristu munched on his cheerios and fussed through his fried egg, Tilli began her morning with â€” get this â€” sprouted mung mixed with chopped red onions, tomatoes, cilantro and doused with lemon juice and a pinch of salt. Then she would eat her egg white and finish off breakfast with cherries and strawberries. Watching her from his high chair, Aristu would poke his finger through his strawberry and later mush it till it ran like blood through his fingers. I got to clean the mess.
My kid sisteer insists her daughter’s love for fresh, healthy food comes from her husband whose family owns a farm on the foothills of the Himalayas. When my brother-in-law recently accompanied me to our local ShopRite, he balefully glared at the bright red tomatoes and asked me, “That’s GM, right?”
In the end I’ve concluded it isn’t that Aristu is a poor/fussy eater; rather my neice is a rare foodie/health freak who inherited her love of fresh food from her father. For the record, my husband loves steak and potatoes. Poor Aristu has no chance.