Jess, you’re feeding your baby girl cereal, bacon, lasagna and veggies – but is that an appropriate diet for an 18 month old?
When Jessica Alba, 28, wrote on her Twitter page Jan. 8 what daughter Honor likes to eat, we were a bit caught off guard: Her palette is pretty aggressive for a baby.
For breakfast she likes to have a bowl of Chia Goodness cereal (it has to be oatmeal style) with not just any milk … almond milk. Oh, and like the rest of us, she also enjoys a side of bacon. But later in the day, she likes some lasagna and steamed vegetables with salt and olive oil.
We tapped an expert to fill us is on how healthy Honor’s fave foods are. Jess might be surprised to find that — while most of the meals are super-healthy — they may not be the wisest choices for a child so young.
Here is registered dietitian Tanya Zuckerbrot‘s analysis of Honor’s meal plan:
1. Thumbs up on the gluten-free, super healthy Chia Goodness cereal. “Chia seeds are a rich source of calcium and [are] high in protein,” she explains. They’re “also one of the best sources of omega 3 fatty acids and high in antioxidants.”
2. Pour a different kind of milk. While almond milk may be lower in calories, fat and cholesterol, Zuckerbrot, the author of The F-Factor Diet: Discover the Secret to Permanent Weight Loss, recommends cow’s milk for a kid, like Honor, under the age of 2. “Cow’s milk is important to a toddler’s diet because it provides calcium and vitamin D … it also has dietary fat, which is necessary for growth and brain development.”
3. Go for the green. Our expert says Jess is making sure Honor gets fiber, magnesium, potassium and lots of vitamins and minerals by steaming veggies and dressing them lightly. “You want [kids] to get used to eating things that are natural,” says Zuckerbrot.
4. Say goodbye to the bacon. “This is saturated fat and there are better alternatives to get fat in your diet” through foods like yogurt, cheeses and olive oil. Bacon “is a saturated fat and is not recommended for anyone’s diet,” Zuckerbrot tells us.
5. Yes, pasta can be good for you and your young one. “A mixed dish [like lasagna] for a young child is a great choice. It has noodles, cheese, meat and vegetables. All these things together make it easy for a toddler to enjoy and it’s almost like an all inclusive meal.”
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