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The Foods and Snacks of Huckleberry Holbrook

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Hi guys! Huck here! It’s time to talk some more about food! Know what I really want to talk about? SWEETS!

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The Foods And Snacks of Huckleberry Holbrook


So, here's the deal, guys. No matter how important nutrition is to you, and no matter how great of an eater your toddler is, there is just this great and wonderful world out there of SWEETS! And CANDY! And somehow you have to teach your kid to make good food choices, right? But how do you do that?

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Natalie Holbrook is a hopeless optimist living in a tiny apartment in New York City with her husband Brandon and her fat baby, Henry August. She blogs at Hey Natalie Jean, a love letter from her family to New York City, and where she capture all the lovely little things that make up a wonderful life. Read bio and latest posts → Read Natalie's latest posts →

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0 thoughts on “The Foods and Snacks of Huckleberry Holbrook

  1. mbmom7 says:

    Be careful of dried fruits – they can leave sticky, sugary residue that can encourage tooth decay. Only in moderation! (My nephew had to have dental work as a toddler due to his early love of dried apricots and other fruits.)

  2. Jennifer Fisher says:

    What is the trick with getting these babes to drink more water. I am so against juice at this point (I have an 11 month old). His doc suggested mixing it with a little juice…ugh! He only drinks about 2oz (if Im lucky) a day. I can tell his BM”s are so much better when he consumes more water but its hit or miss

  3. Johanna Nation says:

    Thanks for this! Your family’s philosophy is similar to mine. I always joke that our one year old either gets “the best of the best or total junk and very little in-between.” We do mostly whole, organic foods with him, focusing on whole grains, lean proteins (including many non-meat protein sources), and fruits and vegetables. It has involved some adjustment and quite a bit of food prep on my part, but we seem to be succeding with soups, stews and casseroles of all kinds (even broccoli/mushroom quiche was – kind of – a hit). Applesauce tends to be his sweet treat, along with the grape juice he gets with his water. That said, he’s had his share of unnaturally flavored popsicles, store-brand animal crackers, box-mix chocolate cake, potato chips and, his favorite, french fries! He eats it all, and happily so!

  4. Joanne stober says:

    who are these mythical people who were denied sugar as kids and went crazy for it later? All research about sugar shows that having it increases desire for it. People always say this but I think it is our desire to feed them junk. I always had homemade treats, cookies etc. and I have a super sweet tooth. I don’t think having it or not having it has any bearing on later in life unless you, as a parent, act like a complete nut about it. My little guy is turning three and I can count the number of sweets he has had on two hands. I just do not encourage it at all, not as a reward or as a lifestyle. he knows what cake and cookies are, clearly but he doesn’t ask for them. I have found lots of healthy alternatives that he likes. Dessert is not part of his life yet. there is plenty of time for that, for now, no sugar and if some slips through the cracks it is no big deal.

  5. Debbie says:

    Jenniffer Fisher: We play drinking games. What ever gets him going. Shouting “1 .. 2 .. 3 … drink!”, letting him drink from the straw of his sippy cups between the slats of a chair or his crib, we taught him how to do “cheers”. Novel and occasionally messy drinking bottles are fun (like a plastic spots bottle or a straw stuck in the foil seal of a milk bottle). I make it a point to keep his water bottle constantly within his view and reach, almost tethered to him. And this might sound really gross, but I I keep plastic cups in his bath toy bin for dumping water on him and also let him drink his bath water with them (not something I encouraged, just something he decided to do). It’s gross, but whatever happens to make its way into our generously filled bath tub is sure to get mighty diluted before it makes its way to his mouth. I don;t like him having juice either, but I tried it and chocolate milk anyways. He doesn’t like either, fortunately or unfortunately, I’m not sure which. But the more you push drinking, the less interested he’ll be, make games of it and easy availability instead. Good luck!

  6. Debbie says:

    We almost never keeps sweets or juices around the house, it’s just something we don’t do. Not because we are trying to avoid them completely, we just think it’s so easy to come across sweets so easily that there is no need to keep them around the house. Every week when we go grocery shopping, I’ll get him a cookie at the bakery counter. Or, if we go to a party, he can have sweets. Out to dinner, there is often sweets for us all. Once a week after church he gets a little sweet at the “Coffee Time”, at the church nursery they give them lightly sweetened treats like animal crackers and gram crackers and at my moms group nursery they give them similar little lightly sweetened treats. Once in a while I might stop at dunkin donuts for a coffee and will get him a single munchkin. Sweets happen, they don’t need to be kept in my house :) . And I certainly don’t want him thinking that sweets happen every day. But yeah, they shouldn’t be forbidden :) .

  7. Debbie says:

    And I hope the size of that cookie in the pictures was for comedic effect, not consumption ;) .

  8. Debbie says:

    FYI, I also know a toddler who has had to have dental work because of freeze dried fruits. Whole, fresh fruit is best (oranges and bananas are like crack to my 2.5 year old). I think the trick is keeping them pure with healthy foods for a long time to get them used to the wonderful, properly sugared, tastes of healthy food such that when you introduce sweets they seem very sweet and not something that would feel good to over endulge on. I think 2 is a good time to introduce sweets on a more regular basis than the occasional grandparent visit or small tasting. Before 2 is just to early.

  9. Lea says:

    Glad I’m not the only “horrible mother” out there that lets her toddler have sweets occasionally. I also give my little man a 50/50 mix of water and juice, someone better report my to the Super Mom League so they can come and straighten me out before I ruin my child….

  10. Johanna says:

    I forgot that I was going to respond to Jennifer’s question about water. have you tried giving him more liquidy foods like soup? Food can contain a lot of water and help with daily total intake. I know what you’re saying about juice. My son drinks water, just not nearly as much as he does when it’s mixed with a little bit of grape juice. it’s a tough balancing act. :-)

  11. e.d. says:

    Looks like a great balance for a terrific little boy by a wise mommy

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