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Can you give me an idea of waht to feed my children (dd#1=3 and dd#2-15 months). What is a typical menu for your home? Right now, it seems tehy are eating more junk than not (yes, I know that i give it to them...but I do not knwo what else to give them...especially for snacks)<br><br>
I am hoping just to get a copy of a typical menu that some of you ladise use.
 

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to be very honest, they eat (and have always eaten) what we eat. They also eat WHEN we eat.<br><br>
If we do snacks, it is fresh fruit or nuts or cut veggies only.
 

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My dd just turned 5. Here is what she was served today.<br><br>
Breakfast: Waffle with butter, cut up strawberries, and a tiny bit of syrup. chocolate milk to drink.<br><br>
am snack: apple<br><br>
Lunch: pb and j sandwich. baby carrots with ranch dip. milk<br><br>
pm snack: whole wheat crackers and juice<br><br>
dinner: beans and rice with cheese and guacamole on top. raw cut up veggies (carrots, green peppers, and celery) on the side to dip in the remaining guacamole.<br><br>
dessert: 2 starburst<br><br>
bedtime snack: chocolate milk and strawberries
 

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Sometimes it's so good to get inspiration after hearing what others eat. I can totally relate.<br><br>
Things that we eat:<br><br>
cream of wheat<br>
cantaloupe<br>
bananas<br>
avocado (DD loves to eat these and can eat an entire avocado a day, so healthy & nutritious!)<br>
strawberries (possibly not for your 15 month old, if your family has allergies, we waited until our children were 2)<br>
apples (you can cut them in slices)<br>
wheat toast, sometimes with cream cheese, sometimes with jam or sunbutter<br>
cheese sticks or cubes that I cut up<br>
cheddar bunnies (crackers)<br>
whole wheat crackers<br>
organic cereals, either dry as snacks or with milk<br>
raisins<br>
organic baby carrots (for 3 year old), sometimes with ranch or sour cream as a dip<br>
frozen green peas are great as a snack for any age<br>
frozen blueberries are also great for that.<br>
smoothies made with ice, yogurt, bananas, frozen berries, frozen mango or peach, whatever we have on hand really, add in some cauliflower, a little spinach<br>
organic yogurt, every day<br>
raw green beans<br>
green pepper cut into strips and eaten raw, sometimes dipped in ranch/sour cream<br>
mashed sweet potatoes<br>
mashed potatoes<br>
hard boiled eggs<br>
scrambled eggs with frozen spinach and cheddar, yum, yum...our children LOVE these<br>
pancakes made from scratch, sometimes with frozen blueberries, strawberries or banana pieces mashed in. (they keep well in the freezer or fridge, and are good taken on outings, good finger food)<br>
bagels with cream cheese and cucumbers<br>
Ezekiel raisin bread toast (from the freezer in a healthy food section or health food store) with butter<br>
cottage cheese with a dollop of frozen blueberries or a bit of jam or jelly mixed in.<br><br>
I would give your children 3 meals a day plus two snacks, every day. If you are breastfeeding, fantastic. If not, remember that juice is not necessary (any pediatric dentist will tell you NO JUICE, EVER!). Seriously, you could give your children only water to drink, ever and they will be very healthy for it. My 8 and 5 year old really prefer to drink water rather than anything else, but it was definitely a habit of mine that I had to break. Occasionally we have natural juice (like cranberry or orange) or lemonade that I make, but that's a treat with a little bit of added vitamins.<br><br>
At every meal or snack, I make it a habit to have at least 3 food groups. I do not force my children to eat (or at least I try very hard not to) because I don't want them to have eating issues, I want them to be able to listen to their body, to know what it is craving and not to overeat. I am not against occasionally snacky junky food, cookies, chips, ice cream, but I prefer those things to be more rare. I have no problem when they are offered on an outing, a visit to smoeone's house, a meal with extended family or a holiday, I just try not to purchase those types of foods regularly. They are not something you will find in my house regularly.<br><br>
If you do want an occasional snack, pretzels and blue corn chips are a pretty good occasional treat.<br><br>
I also try to give a variety of colors at every snack or meal, something green, something orange or red, then perhaps a grain or dairy or meat item.<br><br>
When we go for outings, on playdates or to playgrounds, I fill a cooler (with ice packs) with 4 or 5 different snacks, enough for both my children, as well as water in thermoses with ice, then the children find it fun to grab items from the cooler and snack as they wish. I try to make sure there is enough for me, too. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Hope that helps.
 

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I really love the idea that I've seen posted on MDC numerous times of making a snack tray every day in the morning. You can use an ice cube tray for each child and then put all sorts of nutritious goodies in it and leave it in the fridge. You can pull it out whenever the child is hungry or let them eat freely from it as they wish.
 

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some more ideas:<br><br>
Soups - vegetable, beef stew if you eat meat, potato soup, potato-leek soup, broccoli cheese soup, bean soup, lentil soup, black bean soup, carrot soup, split pea soup... the choices are endless.<br><br>
Bean and cheese soft tacos with guacamole, tomaotes, lettuce, sour cream, rice or whatever you like<br><br>
quesadillas with guacamole<br><br>
guacamole on tortillas, bread or crackers<br><br>
oatmeal<br><br>
homemade whole grain pancakes or waffles<br><br>
apples and peanut butter<br><br>
cheese and veggie quiche.<br><br>
cheese and veggie sandwiches<br><br>
grilled cheese sandwiches<br><br>
spaghetti - with a bolognaise sauce to which you can also add veggies like spinach, mushrooms, grated carrots, zucchini etc, or just a tomato and veggie sauce<br><br>
homemade pizza with various healthy toppings<br><br>
lasagna<br><br>
homemade mac and cheese<br><br>
hummus with pita bread or crackers<br><br>
homemade whole wheat oatmeal cookies with raisins, sunflower seeds, choc chips, wheat germ etc<br><br>
homemade ww banana bread, carrot bread or carrot-zucchini bread, blueberry muffins<br><br>
French toast<br><br>
I'm hungry now gotta go make lunch!
 

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I suggest you check out the meal planning forum. There are threads where people post their weekly menus so you can get alot of good ideas.<br><br>
I think you have to look at it as learning how to feed yourself in order to take good care of your body to allow you to take good care of your children. Then feed your kids whatever you're eating. Make small changes, over time they add up!
 

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What's really helping me right now is the book Are your kids running on empty? There are some good ideas in there, plus a pull out shopping list with brand names and a recipe CD. Up to now I've been "pretend healthy" when it comes to them, and this book is really helping me become "real healthy".
 

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smoothies are a favorite snack at our house... plain yogourt, milk or juice, berries, banana and almonds...sometimes we make it into popsicles.<br><br>
canned fish and crackers<br><br>
we make alot of muffins and healthy cookies...can be made in large batches, frozen and taken out in small batches.<br><br>
we try to keep only healthy foods in the house so the temptation isn't there because it is all my girls think about...
 

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Great that you're re-thinking your feeding (and buying) habits. Good luck!<br><br>
DS is 3 yo too and we are a low-meat but not vegetarian house. I'd call us pretty healthy and definitely LOW processed. Here are our standby's for breakfasts, lunches, and snacks:<br><br>
Raisin bran (Peace brand - which is low sugar)<br>
Mini wheats (")<br>
Cheerios<br>
Wheat toast with jelly or honey<br>
Vanilla yogurt with organic frozen fruit, either as is or in smoothies<br><br>
Turkey sandwich on wheat bread (OK for breakfast if requested)<br>
Mac and cheese (favorite, so we keep it to 1 or 2x a week)<br>
Whole wheat pasta with pesto ("Green pasta!")<br>
Pitas with hummus for dipping<br>
Cheese, crackers (whole wheat), and apples<br>
Baby carrots, celery, and/or broccoli with every lunch<br><br>
Snack stuff is same as lunch stuff plus, of course, apples, bananas, oranges, grapes (but rarely since organic are SO expensive), pears.<br><br>
Dinner is whatever we are eating. DS is encouraged to eat a few bites of everything but not much pressure on that. We will say that he needs to eat some of his dinner (5 bites) if he wants to have anything else (including the stuff above) that night. So he has to try dinner first before he can get an apple instead.<br><br>
We very rarely have juice in the house. Just water or skim milk to drink with an occasional fruit spritzer as a treat.
 
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