Re: what does your toddler love to eat?
My son and I are vegetarians, and my husband is by default.
|Originally posted by lee's mama
I'm looking for more variety for my 13 mo ds's diet. He loves to eat chunks of avocado, banana, or sweet potato, frozen blueberries, yogurt, arrowroot cookies and peas. That's it! He will almost only eat things he can feed himself. What does your toddler love to eat?
We don't try to make sure he gets a good mix every day, but instead take a "week perspective" -- someting I read in Sears & Sears. So I make sure over the course of a week he gets a proper variety.
I also buy exclusively organic
foods -- a challenge due to the expense, but I shop frequently so nothing ever goes to waste in the fridge -- thank goodness for lots of co-ops in St. Paul.
We also don't have any junk food around. We figure if it's not there he won't beg for it... So at the store he goes nuts when he sees a pear! I have to buy one before we shop or at least some chewy bread! Occasionally we do have ginger snap cookies and some ice cream, but we only serve them once in a while. Instead, a treat is fruit.
My 18 month old loves...
* Finger Bananas - he hold them and peel them himself (more or less)
* Vegie / Minestrone / Vegie Barley Soup - a miracle food as he eats all
the vegies in it. Plus we give him shredded cheese and oyster crackers to mix in.
* Really good Pizza - ie we go to a pizza shop that uses fresh vegies (probably not organic though...
) And we order a spinach mushroom pizza in advance, so when we show up it's ready.
* Fruit - pears and apples, crushed pineapple
* Brown Cow Organic Full Fat Plain Yogurt - even though it's not sweet Seamus loves it. It's the creamiest brand around. Everything under the sun
gets dipped in it.
* Waffles with stuff to dip them into -- fruit spread or covered with defrosted frozen strawberries and their "juice" for dipping
* Any kind of pasta -- again red sauce if you use a high quality one or make your own is a great source of vegies & vitamins etc.
* As for beans - if they are mixed in with stuff like soup etc.
* Cheese, cheese, and more cheese
* Risotto with lots of cheese and vegies mixed in
* Polenta with sauce
* Amy's Mac & Cheese with Broccoli (just add it to the pasta water when the pasta is almost done to blanch it)
I hope this gives you some ideas. I'd love to hear what others do.