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Cut to the chase

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FOOD ON THE MOVE

If you're anything like me, what my son eats (and doesn't eat) is one of the most important things. I want to start him off on the right foot, feed him only nutritious foods, and use food as a miracle grow for his brain. Feeding Z food that is not only nutritious, but also safe in countries that have different microorganisms that we're used to is important. 

WASH BEFORE YOU NOSH

When traveling in a developing country with a whole new set of microbes, you might want to steer your baby clear of any raw foods that can't be peeled. We only give Z oranges, bananas, cucumbers, and other foods like that when we're traveling  in those types of countries. If you're jonesin' to give your kid an apple though, a good rinse with bottled water wouldn't hurt. I wouldn't double down on a potential gastrointestinal issues by using tap water. 

BOIL THAT BABY FOOD

To make sure Z baby gets enough fruits and vegetables when we're traveling in developing countries, I buy whatever vegetables I see in the market or store, then boil them up myself. This is more easily done when we're staying in an AirBNB, hostel or guesthouse rather than a hotel. I never pureed Z's food, but if you do, just boil the crap out of those veggies and mash them up with a for. Voila!  

HAUL FROM HOME

It's not always a guarantee that you'll find the perfect foods for a well balanced diet for your baby boo,  so I have 3 must-bring items that I take on trips with me. 

TOLERANT FOODS RED LENTIL PASTA

Any of their pasta is good, but I (or should I say my son) prefers the red lentil penne. Protein is often times hard to come by on the road, so I always bring this with me on a trip to cook up little by little. 

Tolerant red lentil pasta

MARANATHA ORGANIC CREAMY ALMOND BUTTER

 

Again, another way to ensure Z gets protein, but more on the go. If the only thing I can find for breakfast is white bread, I dowse it with a healthy serving of this to make it a more nutrient-rich food. I also put it on bananas, and I've even been known to put it on cooked broccoli if Z is acting like a stereotypical baby that refuses it. 

Maranatha Organic Creamy Almond Butter

SPROUT ORGANIC POUCHES

I'm not a pouch mama in my day to day life, and I'm not the biggest fan of them, but they are good to have as a "just in case" when you're traveling. We have only used them on airplanes and on a multi-day trek where it was difficult to feed Z healthy fresh food. This ones our brand (and flavor) of choice)

Sprout Organic Pouch: Green Beans, Peas, and Butternut Squash

In conclusion, the key to feeding your baby while traveling is a combination of preparation, adaptability (you're not going to find organic food everywhere), experimentation. Bon Appetit!