Here's what meal time is like these days with a rowdy 17 month old...
Most days she eats a scrambled egg with cheese, followed by a demand for fruit of some kind (usually banana, strawberries, clementines, or grapes). We occasionally do a whole grain waffle (we really like Nature's Path Maple Cinnamon with or without peanut butter) or oatmeal. I actually just bought her some cereal to try with milk soon as she's really been into eating out of my cereal bowl in the mornings.
I try hard to give M a variety in her diet, but she definitely has her favorite meals. She loves a good ol' pb&j sandwich on whole wheat bread and Annie's White Cheddar and Shells mixed with peas. I usually serve these with a side/mix of fruit, cherry tomatoes, string cheese, deli ham, or yogurt. I would love to find more veggies to serve her as a side, but right now, tomatoes and peas seem to be the only ones she'll regularly eat for me. She also loves green smoothies, so a few times a week I'll make one to go with her lunch and we'll share it. However, I think half the reason she likes this is because she likes imitating the sound the blender makes!
We love to cook and try new recipes, and M is usually willing to try whatever I make, and I'd say about 50% of the time she ends up liking it and eating most of the dish. Just last night I made a quinoa dish with shrimp and grilled veggies. She tried a little bit of everything, but only liked the quinoa. Last weekend my husband made a succotash over rice, and she ate EVERY bite (lima beans, okra, ham, sausage, corn, tomatoes, rice...she was obsessed!). I often prepare a few extra sides for her if I'm worried if she's not going to like what I make. This can be fruit, roasted sweet potatoes, fruit, pasta....it all depends what we're eating and how I think she's going to do with the meal. I'd love for her to eat exactly what we're having, but some nights I just know that won't happen and I don't want to put her to bed hungry at this age because I know it'll just mean a poor night's sleep. I'd love to know how other families handle this at this young of an age.
This actually one of M's new words..."NAKS!". I hear it ALL. DAY. LONG. She loves Cheerios, Inner Peas from TJ's, raisins, (again) fruit, peanut butter crackers from TJ's, and whole wheat goldfish. If it were up to my child, she'd have "naks" by her side all day, but I'm trying to limit them. Not so easy though now that she knows how to ask for them!
I feel like I also need to note, that we have days and weeks where M won't eat anything I prepare for her. I don't know if it's teeth, lack of hunger, or just a strong opinion, but I try not to let it get me down. It's certainly frustrating, but within a few days, she's usually back to her normal eating habits.
What has your toddler been eating lately?
Be sure to check out Brittany's link up today for more great munchkin meal ideas!
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