got there in time. Family arrived safely. Christmas tree is
still standing. It’s all good.
especially good to experience the joy of my 18 month-old
granddaughter this Christmas. Pink boots and all, skipping off
the plane with her mommy and daddy in tow, throwing kisses to
three little girls she befriended on the plane from
pretty simple when you’re 18 months-old. And the holiday
with this little one has reinforced for me some simple and yet
profound nutrition truths.
are good for breakfast … and lunch … and dinner. I notice
how adept Frances’ little fingers have become at picking up
blueberries and raspberries and popping them into her mouth.
These baby-size whole fruits nourish her better than juice and
are loaded with nutrients and other substances that fortify
the rapidly-dividing cells of her busy little body.
also provide Frances with dietary fiber and allow her to
practice her chewing skills. Oh, and they make a fun game of
"one for me, one for you" with her Grammy.
are nutrient powerhouses. "Beenz?" Frances echoes
back to me when I offer her my homemade pinto beans for
loves beans," my daughter tells me. Smart kid. While no
one food can provide every nutrient a growing child needs,
beans come pretty darn close. Rich in protein, calcium, iron,
magnesium and folate, this simple food comes well-suited for
little hands and fingers.
watched Frances stab a soft bean with her pint-size fork in
one hand and scoop up a few beans with her baby spoon in the
other hand. She even managed to get some in her mouth, much to
the delight of her grandmother.
water are excellent fluids for kiddos. "Melk?"
Frances says as I fill her sippy cup for dinner with whole
milk (the type she’ll need until she turns two.) "Waatew?"
she says as she slugs down plain water after pushing her new
wooden toy duck around the room.
wonder this kid is so agile and strong. She’s doing very
well without added-sugar beverages, thank you very much.
on Christmas morning, we will sip coffee and watch with
delight as Frances figures out how to open her few small
gifts. And I will once again be reminded of the joy that often
comes with the simplest things. Like a baby in a manger. And
the hope that is in a new life.
simple. And very profound. Merry Christmas!