When Baby B started to really switch over to solids, I was so very overwhelmed. He really liked some foods, but didn't like the idea that he had to feed himself. There was a 2 week period where he threw an absolute fit at every meal until I would finally pull out a jar of baby food and feed it to him. I know this is not what you're supposed to do, but I wanted the poor lil guy to get some nutrients. But, as time went on it got a little easier. I am happy to say that mealtime has become (mostly) much easier.
However, I then became obsessed with trying to figure out what to feed him 4 meals every day. I wanted him to have a variety and healthy options. I scoured pinterest, which is a great tool, but half of the links went to nothing. And, there were a bunch of vegan meals. We're NOT vegan here. We like our meat! So, I thought I would start a list of the foods that have worked out best for us and hopefully it will help someone like me, who was majorly stressing out about what to feed their toddler...
For breakfast, most mornings, I just give little man some yogurt and dry cereal. Which means I throw a handful of cheerios on his tray while I get the rest of his food ready. My favorite yogurt for him is this:
He also loves toast, cereal bars, oatmeal, and pretty much any type of fruit. He's only tried eggs once, and liked them as well. Some kids have egg allergies so keep that in mind.
For lunches, there's lots of options. But, this is also the meal I get the most hung up on.
In a hurry and for a quick fix, you can always use the little Gerber pre packaged meals.
Little man likes these well enough, but they can be kind of expensive, and I don't want to feed him pre packaged food every day. They are nice if we're traveling, because they can be tossed into your diaper bag, and don't need to be refrigerated. As long as you're going somewhere with a microwave. Baby B will also occasionally have the lil entrees if we're having something for dinner he might not like, like something spicy, etc. The pasta pick ups are good to serve with veggies, etc, on the side.
Most days we will either have leftovers from dinner the night before, or lunchmeat, cheese, and veggies. If you're gonna feed your little one lunch meat, splurge and get a better quality one. You want them eating the healthiest possible choices.
These are typical lunch ideas.The top one are little meat sticks (gerber), peas, and cut up cheese. The bottom one is corn, taco meat with black beans, avocado, and tortilla.
I like him to have lots of veggies, and he is a veggie lover. I found these little convenient 4 packs of veggies that can be microwaved, right by the canned vegetables at walmart. They are also travel friendly, and little man can eat almost a whole container of those veggies in one sitting.
I like to mix it up, so that he has a meat, at least one veggie, a dairy or a grain, and sometimes a fruit. Lunches are his least eaten meal of the day, so I like to make sure he's getting lots of good nutrition from the little bit he actually does eat.
|He always goes for the bread first, he is his Mommy's boy!|
After nap time he has a snack. Most days he has some fruit, usually banana, strawberries, or kiwi. Sometimes he'll have cheese or cereal bar. His favorite after nap snack is kiwi. This kid absolutely devours kiwi.
|Little stinker enjoying his kiwi! And some cheerios!|
|Banana, strawberry, and some puffs for crunch!|
They're organic, and have lots of veggie goodness in them! Snack time is the easiest time of day. Give them whatever they enjoy, just try to make it nutritious!
For dinner, little man usually just has whatever we are having. He loves meatloaf, shepherd's pie, chicken, soup, veggies. We try to get him to try all kinds of foods so he has a diverse palette. And, sometimes, kids do not like something the first time they try them. Keep on trying it, and eventually they'll usually learn to love it. I hate when I hear, "My kid hates peas, he spit them out the first time he tried them, so I just don't give it to them." Keep trying it, our little man will eat just about anything!
|Strawberries and cheese!|
I hope this post helps other frustrated Moms out there! Don't stress out too much about what/how much your little one is eating, they will get the hang of it! I promise! I stressed out enough for all of us!!!
I will be doing more toddler meals posts in the future! Keep checking back!!!