I am by no means an expert when it comes to feeding a toddler, my son James is currently 13 months old and he can be a little bit of a fuss when it comes to meal times. Not to mention the mess…like my husband Josiah likes to say, “it’s like throwing a meal at a high powered industrial fan”. Being a total foodie myself, I always envisioned my children to be awesome eaters. Like eat anything you put in front of them type eaters, clearing their plates at every meal, eagerly waiting for seconds. James has not quite fulfilled this vision, but I am ok with that. I feel like I can relate to other moms more because of this struggle. With social media it is hard not to compare James’s eating to other babies who seem to be worlds less picky. Every day I constantly have to tell myself that I am doing my best, and that James will grow and thrive regardless of whether or not he meets his daily servings of veggies.
Below you will find photos and descriptions of James’s recent meals. I’m thinking of doing another post or two about his first 6 months eating solids and how he has transitioned, but wanted to stick with the current food situation to start. Keep in mind, he absolutely does not eat everything on his plate, and is still working on his swallowing skills, AKA a lot of his food gets chewed and then spit out. Like I said, we’re a work in progress over here. Before I ramble on forever, let’s see what James has been eating!
Sliced bananas, crushed blueberries, oatmeal pancake with peanut butter and plain greek yogurt.
Mini banana pancakes topped with peanut butter, yogurt, sliced strawberries.
Eggs and toast, multigrain cheerios, sliced strawberries and yogurt.
Banana pancake with almond butter, sliced pears, oatmeal topped with strawberries.
French toast sticks topped with cashew butter, watermelon cubes, Annie’s mac and cheese.
Chocolate coconut date bar, goldfish, mixed veggies.
Hot dog bun toasted with peanut butter, assorted fruit, sugar snap peas, red pepper.
Peanut butter and jelly squares, mixed fruit, chicken and dumpling soup.
Mini cheese quesadilla, tomato, corn, and black bean salsa, watermelon cubes.
Couscous with marinara sauce and spinach, cantaloupe, crackers and peanut butter.
Sourdough toast with cashew butter, cucumber slices, red peppers, couscous with pesto, roasted zucchini, tomatoes and goat cheese.
Lentil veggie bolognese with chickpea pasta, cherry tomatoes, blueberry muffin.
Aside from breakfast, James’s meals usually look different than ours. This is not ideal but I try to keep his meals fairly simple so that I don’t totally lose my mind when it comes to meal prep. I am trying a new strategy where 2/3 of his plate are familiar foods and 1/3 is a new food or recipe. He rarely touches the new food. At least he is getting exposure, and we just keep trying. If you are at home dealing with a picky toddler, give yourself a pat on the back for doing your best. Looking back on my own life, I grew up on cheerios, donuts, and a whole lot of other sweets. Now I’m a total veggie lover. It all balances out in the end!
I hope this post offered some meal inspiration for you, or at least gave you a glance into what it’s like to feed a toddler. Lots of work but a lot of fun too!
Happy eating everyone 🙂