In my ongoing quest to get Ruby to try some new foods and textures i experimented with a couple of different snack recipes last week and thought it might be nice to share the recipes with you all!
Ruby tends to pick up new foods that have a round shape and is partial to sweet smells so i tried these Fruit and Coconut Balls…they have no sugar but taste and smell sweet due to the fruit and juice. And the coconut on the outside ensured they weren't too sticky to touch! I had some success with them…she did pick them up and smell and hold for awhile….even took a nibble which is a big achievement. Miss Teen loved them in her lunchbox though and they are a good boost in Vit C and Iron. Very easy to make….
I also made some Cheeseymite and Ham and Cheese Scrolls for the toddler twosome. Tara loves her Vegemite and enjoys these from the bakery as a treat so i thought i would stock the freezer with some for lunches. Great to pop into a packed lunch too and so easy to make. They were a hit with Tara although Ruby still a little unsure. This sensory processing stuff is so frustrating at meal times but i will keep introducing some new foods each week and hope that some prove successful. She did at least pick one up instead of an immediate throw to the floor and i count that as a win!!!
We had our first visit with the occupational therapist today which was positive and for once i felt as though someone was listening to me regarding Ruby's eating difficulties…it wasn't just dismissed as a ‘fussy toddler' ….you cannot imagine the relief! She definitely has some sensory processing issues around her mouth area and eating so we are going to work on that area first. Going to make a few minor adjustments to her high chair to help with posture and stability and work on some movements around her face at food time to start with.
I don't expect miracles after one session but at least i feel as though i am not so alone in this daily struggle now. I will try to share what i learn and what (if anything!) works for us as i know there are many others feeling the same way as me each meal time!
Before i get further distracted here is the scroll recipe i promised!!!