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#121 of 262 Old 10-20-2005, 04:02 PM
 
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love, love,love this thread and ALL the ideas
dd is 13m and just starting to really eat different foods
i've been using my tupperware container that i usually use for veggies and dip
works great but now i am really wanting that pampered chef chizanne container!!

don't have many new suggestions... maybe bite sized pancakes or waffle sticks with fruit sauce for dipping, mini cashew butter sandwiches...

thanks for keeping this great thread going!!
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Bumping because I was reading this thread, and remembered how awesome it is.

My kids love Garbanzo beans... but we boil them, and then add lemon and a bit of salt.

Dh and Ds1 put hot sauce on theirs too
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This is one of my favorite threads soooo many great lunch ideas here
dd asks for a "nosh tray" almost everyday and I think they actually eat more too
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I think you could try it either way annettemarie. Try a communal tray or two, maybe start with average 'boring' stuff so it's not too exciting and none of it get horded, then when they're used to the concept add some 'funner' stuff and remind them to share.

If that doesn't work give each one their own.

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Wow - yet another great thread for MDC.

Subbing! Great ideas!

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Just bumping because this thread is full of so many great ideas!
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Every morning while making breakfast I make a snack tray too. After breakfast I set the tray out so my 2 yr old and me have healthly snacks at our disposal.

The 8 compartment tray normally contains:
Baby Carrots
Red seedless Grapes
Pineapple
Korean Pear cut-up
unsalted prezetels
Whole grain crackers
pieces of Swiss cheese
peanut butter or almond butter

My toddler eats all the grapes first because they are his favorite. Everyday we have the same tray and by the end of the day it is empty. DH comes home and finishes it off (he eats some before dinner and the rest he shares with DS for after dinner snacking). This method has moved my family away from junk food so I want to offer a little variety.

Please suggest snacks that can sit out
What a great idea! What about other types of nuts?
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Just bumping because this thread is full of so many great ideas!
it does this is one of those threads that I forget about for a long time and then always pops back up in my inbox


lets see if I can contribute something here....

cookie cutter sandwitches are fun and cute,,,I made dd and ginger bread man sandwitch yesterday.

thats all i can think of

the roasted garbonzos were my fave,,,I dont make them much anymore since when I do I cannot stop eating them until they are gone and then I end up feeling like all bloated :

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Bell Pepper slices

Great List!
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I finally implemented the snack tray! 12 compartments of yummy-ness!
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Thanks for bumping! This is one of my all-time favorite threads.

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Subbing to this thread!

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Bumping again since this is such a great thread!
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Just started this and looking for more great ideas!

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I am starting this for my 12 month old because he is on the little side and I am trying to boost his calorie intake. Since I have the floor dumping problem with my young toddler too, I am thinking of chosing a permanent place for the tray (on a low table?) and securing it with heavy velcro. That was ds can't pick it up and dump it over but I can make the tray available all day.

He got a Leapfrog table thing for his birthday and it has a little snack compartment that I have been using until I can come up with a better plan and it is working GREAT! Even though he's a mess if I give him a little bowl of snacks, he's been leaving the snacks from his table in the compartment and just eating what he wants, when he wants.

I was shopping for ideas last night. My young toddler isn't ready for a lot of the food ideas in this thread but here are a few things he can handle on the go:

cubed soft goat cheese
cut up fruit and grain bars
thin sliced hard cheeses
Annies bunny grahams
Barbaras Bakery cheese bites <---just bought these and he LOVES them
Annie's Whole Wheat Bunnies
TLC crackers
Fruity Booty/Veggie Booty/Pirate's Booty
Whole Grain pancake strips
Whole Grain waffle strips
small cheese curds
canned, rinsed mandarin oranges (his FAVORITE)
diced watermelon
cooked beans (cut in half)

I am tossing around the idea of steamed broccoli and am going to try hummus this afternoon. I'm going to spread it inside a pita pocket and then cut the pita into strips. We'll see how it goes--it might be too messy.

Now, on to the next challenge--keeping the DOG out of the snack tray!!! But she will be handy to help clean up the fogotton bits of food dropped here and there. I never have to worry about ds leaving a forgotten piece of waffle under the couch because my Hoover : will sniff it out and consume it ASAP!

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Oh yes! I forgot, I also bought Rising Moon Organics Itsy-Bitsy Cheese Ravioli. Tiny and bite-sized, I think those will be easy to add to the snack tray. And also Ian's Chicken Nuggets--I am going to try those cut in 4ths.

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I get Clemintines by the box, they are so good right now and put a bowl out for DS, he also loves apple wedges with peanut butter. I buy the Chickenless nuggets at TJs and those would be good heated thru then cut into quarters and put out.
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I wanted to share a favorite of mine: cold cooked cheese tortellini. We also love shelled pistachios, frozen veggies and fruit.

The other idea I wanted to share is the tray we use. Almost every time I go to Goodwill, I find these microwaveable muffin tins. They are round and plastic, and have 6 or seven 1/2 cup compartments. They are this dull beige color, but they are perfect for the purpose.
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When dd doesn't eat enough we notice behavior issues (also w/certain foods) and it's so frustrating b/c she's such a sweetie. This is like a big fat duh! Dh has even commented that she's not eating enough. She hates sitting at the table and eating meals while ds is fine w/it. I am going to get a big tray tomorrow and put it up at the table and whenever she wants a nibble it'll be there. I love all these ideas.

I'll probably put cheese, clementine slices, frozen fruit and veggie pieces (big mixed bags from Costco), nuts or seeds, pieces of a Larabar, slices of apple and whatever else I can find that will work.

I'm taking the master list w/me next time I go shopping for new ideas!

I too love this thread!

ETA: I went to Target today and bought trays. There were colored thick plastic plates and trays. I got a pink one for dd and green for ds. I put them up at the the table just now and they think they're cool. How fun!
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What a good idea! I always struggle with breakfast and lunch ideas for my dd.
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So are these trays in addition to breakfast and lunch or do you use the trays as breakfast and lunch too?
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I was using them for snacks and lunch but DD was eating a separate breakfast and dinner. Right now we are in a rut, so I came looking for ideas.

I would like to add:
homemade baba ganoush
bagel pieces
chicken taquitos (the only meat DD will eat)

to the list. DD loves those.
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I have just started doing this for my toddler's breakfast since he isn't interested in sitting and eating with us. He loves it.
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So are these trays in addition to breakfast and lunch or do you use the trays as breakfast and lunch too?
in addition if i put it out after breakfast, if i put them out at lunch it's like a lunch and when they are done i leave the trays out for them to snack on what's left.
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Awesome thread!
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