I’ve always been really cautious when it comes to feeding my son. I always followed the guidelines in books about when to introduce certain foods and what foods to avoid plus I tried to make my own baby food for him as much as possible. When his first birthday came along I decided that it was okay for him to have his first taste of processed sugar. After all, it was his first birthday and I wanted him to be able to squish the cake between his little fingers and take that perfect picture of cake smeared all over his cute little face. Well, the icing and cupcake weren’t a big hit with his tummy and he ended up throwing up on one of his presents. Needless to say, he hasn’t had cake since.
If you’re looking for ideas healthy first birthday cakes then you’ll want to check out Weelicious.com. I’ve seen Catherine and her Weelicious recipes featured on shows like Access Hollywood Live so when I thought about putting together a post on healthy tips for first birthday cakes, I knew she was the person to turn to! It’s never too early to teach your little ones about the importance of eating healthy. As your children get older, it will be more difficult to control the types of food they are eating. Promoting healthy eating habits in young children will help teach them to continue to eat well later in life. The Government of Canada advises that children two years and older can get the nutrients and calories they need to grow and develop by following Canada’s Food Guide.
When it comes to other birthday party food, Catherine from Weelicious advises that kids will enjoy the foods we offer them. If you put out bowls of gold fish crackers that’s what they will want. On the other hand if you offer fresh fruits and veggies, that’s what they will learn to love and enjoy.
Her most important tip about planning a birthday tip for your little one? Enjoy the moment!
Here are a few of Catherine’s favorite recipe ideas for healthy first birthday cakes:
- Carrot and Pineapple Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Icing
- Mini Vanilla Cupcakes
- Red Beet Cupcakes
- Strawberries & Cream “Elves” – an adorable recipe that your older kids can help prepare
- Very Berry Muffins – a great alternative to cupcakes
I’d like to send a big THANK YOU to Catherine for sharing these recipes & tips with us!
How did your little one react to his/her first taste of sugar?
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