“Children are great imitators. So give them something great to imitate.”
I love including my daughter in my journey of real food. She helps me bake, cook and even pick foods out of my garden. (Although she is still learning what is ripe and what isn’t.) We go on hikes that are toddler led and ones where I carry her. She really seems to enjoy being a part of all of it, and I love to have her. I hope these experiences guide her to make her own healthy choices as her independence continues to grow.
June is the time for strawberry picking in our area. There is a beautiful farm nearby that we just buy a basket and can fill it up as much as we want. We were lucky; we went on a day that they had just opened a new patch for public picking and there were so many deep red, ripe strawberries. When you go pick strawberries make sure that you realize that they will not ripen any further once picked so only pick the fully ripe ones. They are shiny and bright red. Beautiful and sweet and just plain delicious. I am fairly impressed. With all of the strawberries we picked (5 lbs.) munchkin didn’t try to eat a single one! She waited until I gave her one in the car.
I made strawberry pancakes with sprouted flour the next day and realized that there was no way we would be able to eat all of these strawberries before they went bad without some significant tummy aches so I decide to make Jam.
I did a little research online and I didn’t want to add processed sugar I decided to go the route of using the Low Sugar Pectin. Ball has this great website where you can put in the items you have and what you want to make and they pop out a recipe. It’s pretty awesome.
I don’t know how healthy pectin is or how natural. I decided I preferred a little bit of pectin over a ton of white sugar or days of boiling. I might do more research next year and post an update because I’m hoping to grow my own strawberries next season!
This is directly from Ball’s website (I followed their no sugar recipe and used all natural apple juice):
*Please note: Ball did not sponsor this in any way. I use affiliate links to help pay for this blog. I use Ball products because they are readily available in all of my frequented grocery and garden related stores and they are reasonable and work well for me.