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<p>My sister in law wants to feed her son healthy but she feels she's drawing a blank.</p>
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<p>Will you help me think of ideas that I can pass along to her?</p>
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<p>Thanks!</p>
 

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<p>Hmm....well, here's pretty much what DD eats from day to day:</p>
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<p>Breakfast - steel cut oatmeal w/ honey & raisins, organic whole milk yogurt, organic whole milk</p>
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<p>Lunch - she usually shares my scrambled eggs w/ cheese, plus some fruit (cut-up pieces of apple, pear, banana, blueberries, whatever we have on hand), peanut butter on strips of whole wheat toast, whole milk</p>
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<p>Dinner - we have a "nibble tray" that we use for dinner so she can feed herself (one of those kids plates with the compartments), tonight she had cut-up pieces of roasted chicken, mixed veggies, cut-up potato wedge, and pieces of cheddar cheese.</p>
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<p>We pretty much just give DD what we're eating, just cut into smaller pieces and prepared a little more blandly. For example, last night I made pan-seared salmon and polenta, and I didn't season part of my piece of salmon, which I later cut off and cut up for DD. She loved it! Over the weekend I made a roasted chicken and potatoes, and I put aside some of the chicken breast & a potato to use for her in case DH and I wanted to eat something one night that wouldn't really be feasible for DD, like tonight - DH and I had tacos, so I used the leftover chicken & tater for DD.</p>
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<p>I think if you want to avoid using those icky prepackaged Gerber meals or drawing a blank when it comes dinnertime, you just have to think ahead a little. Like for breakfast, I only make the steel-cut oats a couple times a week, I just make extra, that way I can refrigerate the leftovers and reheat them the next day. For veggies we mostly use frozen mixed veggies, a toddler size portion only takes 45 seconds in the microwave, and you just add a little butter to them for extra nutrition. At this age they really want to feed themselves and also are more into what you're eating, so if you give them the same thing I think they're more likely to eat. It's working for us anyway, DD eats like a horse!!</p>
 
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<p>The thing to remember about 1 yr olds is that they have TINY appetites. 2 tablespoons is a serving, whereas that's a condiment for us.</p>
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<p>I just got a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2Fgp%2Fproduct%2FB00006G9LI" rel="norewrite" target="_blank">Kidco grinder</a> and let her eat whatever we were having.  Made us eat healthier, for sure!</p>
 

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<p>We tried baby led weaning with the twins and it was a success!    At a year, they were eating what we were.</p>
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<p>A couple of sites to get some ideas are</p>
<p>   -Weelicious <a href="http:">www.weelicious.com </a> There are quite a few recipes I want to try!</p>
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<p>   - Wholesome Toddler Food <a href="http://www.wholesometoddlerfood.com" target="_blank">www.wholesometoddlerfood.com</a> or <a href="http:">www.wholesomebabyfood.com </a> I like these sites but I have yet to see any new recipes added in the 4 yrs I have been going to the sites.  Good site to start with tho!</p>
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<p>   -Cat Can cook <a href="http:">www.catcancook.com </a> Great muffin recipes and other recipes to try!  Not kid related but I have found some recipes I want to try with my kids.</p>
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<p>Hope this helps!</p>
 

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<p>My guy had a major growth spurt around 12.5/13 months--definitely NOT a tiny appetite. But I think there's a lot of variation at that age in terms of how much they are into eating by themselves vs. being fed. And how many teeth, and how good they are at chewing. And how much they eat.</p>
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<p>For breakfast, he gets toast with butter or PB, or some cereal, plus a serving of fruit.</p>
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<p>Lunch is a packed lunch; oftentimes it's leftovers from dinner. Other things that are in rotation: a handful of peas (I keep frozen on hand and microwave for 1 minute in a coffee cup full of water); English muffin pizza with cheese, tomato paste & a veggie or meat; pasta; meatballs; fishcakes; beans. Fruit. String cheese or crackers for a snack.</p>
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<p>For dinner he gets what we eat, more or less.</p>
 

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<p>Thank you for your tips! I sent them to her.</p>
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<p>Can 1 yr olds have almond butter? (It's been awhile since I fed a toddler!)</p>
 

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<p>My ds 13 months also eats a lot of what we are eating.</p>
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<p>Typical day:</p>
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<p>breakfast: fruit(banana, blueberries, grapes, oranges), currently eating a lot of Toasted O's (WF's 365 brand). We were doing a lot of oatmeal at around 8-9 months but at about 11 months he decided he was done with it. I still occasionally re-introduce it as that is what I would prefer he eat.</p>
<p>Lunch: usually whatever I'm having which generally is some form of leftovers from the previous nights dinner, along with fruit or a whole grain cracker. Black or pinto beans, wheat tortilla quessadilla, sweet potatoes, pasta and veggies, rice, avacado, tofu, whole wheat toast. We're still introducting meat and eggs but so far he's not interested in either. Generally whole milk yogurt with homemade pureed prunes is for lunch or snack before dinner.</p>
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<p>Dinner: Looks a lot like lunch (like I said lots of leftovers).</p>
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<p>I never had luck wtih the baby food mill. Both of my boys went straight from a few pureed items to finger food, maybe it was a texture thing.</p>
 

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<p>I held off on nuts until 2, but we eat meat, so I wasn't worried about protein.</p>
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<p>re: baby food mill.....the thing is, I never bought baby food, pureed or otherwise that we actually used for a meal. I'd keep it in the car for a backup or whatever.  She just started grabbing food off my plate at 4 months, and I was afraid she'd choke, so I bought the baby food grinder to make sure choking wasn't an issue.  Now that you mention it, about 12 months or so, she decided she was done with pureed food and went straight to finger foods, which I made sure were soft, like bananas, bread, scrambled eggs, etc.</p>
 

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<p>At one, there's no reason to be feeding purees if you don't want to.</p>
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<p>My ds is almost 16 months, and he mostly eats what we eat, unless it's spicy, contains something he's sensitive to (tomatoes, dairy, eggs, gluten), or is something he doesn't like.</p>
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<p>I think the best way for her to feed her child healthy food is to eat healthy food herself and eat with him.</p>
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<p>We almost always have oats for breakfast.  I like to put some frozen fruit in right before serving:  blueberries, raspberries, strawberries (if you don't have an allergy concern), etc.  Other days we have toast and sometimes eggs or sausage.  Ds can't have eggs, so I'll just give him toast and fruit or yogurt.  We will often have fruit as well:  pear, banana, apple, melon, whatever you like.</p>
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<p>We do goat dairy, and ds loves goat yogurt, applesauce, chevre on a cracker, hummus on a chip or cracker, guacamole on a chip or cracker, popcorn, dry cereal, cucumber.</p>
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<p>For lunches and dinners, he likes most soups -- I usually scoop out the chunks for him and don't give him much broth.  He loves beans, especially black beans.  Rice or pasta with a little olive oil or butter or pesto.  Baked yam, potato, or squash.  He loves vegetables steamed, sauteed, or roasted, especially green beans, carrots, sweet corn, broccoli, onions, mushrooms, and zucchini.</p>
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<p>A pp said her lo couldn't eat tacos.  We just had tacos last night; ds loves them.  I break the hard taco shell in half, spread it with beans, add meat if we're having it, grated carrot, or other toppings he likes and can have, then I let him go at it.</p>
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<p>Tonight we had an Asian stir fry kind of dish.  Cellophane noodles with broccoli, green beans, and chicken with a black bean sauce.  Ds loved it.  I cut up the noodles a little so they wouldn't give him too much trouble and chose smallish pieces of the meat and veggies for him.</p>
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<p>I give ds nuts now, but didn't start before a year or so.  Sunflower seed butter and tahini (sesame seed butter) might be good choices if she wants to hold off on nuts...watch for sugar in the sunflower butter, though.</p>
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<p>Hope that helps.</p>
 

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Lunch is a packed lunch; oftentimes it's leftovers from dinner. Other things that are in rotation: a handful of peas (I keep frozen on hand and microwave for 1 minute in a coffee cup full of water); English muffin pizza with cheese, tomato paste & a veggie or meat; pasta; meatballs; <strong><span style="color:rgb(255,0,0);">fishcakes</span></strong>; beans. Fruit. String cheese or crackers for a snack.</div>
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<p>If you have time, could you please share your recipe for fishcakes?  Thank you!  BTW, we are frozen pea fans, too...except our 10 m.o. loves them frozen!  I used to give frozen veggies to DS1 when he was a toddler and put them in an ice cream cone.  Worked for a couple years!<br>
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<p>Generally, we give our 12 month old food from our plates along with a few of his favorite foods and some fortified soymilk. He gets the soymilk whenever he wants it. Here's a sample of what he eats:</p>
<p>Breakfast: oatmeal and applesauce</p>
<p>Snack: cheerios</p>
<p>Lunch: tofu and veggies</p>
<p>Snack: banana</p>
<p>Dinner: avocado, potatoes, and beans</p>
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<p>It really depends on the individual. Ours has lots of teeth and is a really good eater. He will eat all kinds of food and he doesn't choke on it. But some kids need softer foods or smaller pieces. Others can handle bigger chunks than we give our LO. Err on the side of soft foods.</p>
 

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<p>Dd didn't really eat much at one, but what we did</p>
<p>(we did blw so we never did any kind of purees or kept away from anything with spices in it)</p>
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<p>Breakfast</p>
<p>Oatmeal with frozen fruit in the off season, fresh in summer</p>
<p>Whole yogurt sweetened with fruit or honey</p>
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<p>Lunch</p>
<p>Sausage (my bil runs an organic ranch and they hand make their own organic sausage without any funky fillers or anything else funky so we're a little spoiled that we can get this stuff readily)</p>
<p>Avacado</p>
<p>Toast pieces and hummus/other dipping sauce</p>
<p>Cucumbers</p>
<p>Left overs from the night before (especially the meat)</p>
<p>Eggs</p>
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<p>Dinner</p>
<p>She always had what we had.  If she didn't want to eat what we had I would give her something similar to what we did for lunch or leftovers.</p>
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<p>Snacks</p>
<p>Crackers</p>
<p>LOTS of fruit</p>
<p>Cheese</p>
<p>veggies</p>
<p>yogurt</p>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>brennan</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1291219/meal-ideas-for-a-1-yr-old#post_16191832"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>Dd didn't really eat much at one, but what we did</p>
<p>(we did blw so we never did any kind of purees or kept away from anything with spices in it)</p>
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<p>Not sure if this is in response to my post, but I just wanted to clarify that I don't advocate avoiding spices either.  I just don't give my babies spicy (as in hot and spicy) food because it makes them cry and grab their tongues.  <span><img alt="winky.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/winky.gif"></span><br>
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<p>Do the little ones eating oatmeal eat it with a spoon themselves or is it thick enough that they can pick it up?</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>carmen358</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1291219/meal-ideas-for-a-1-yr-old#post_16193371"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>Do the little ones eating oatmeal eat it with a spoon themselves or is it thick enough that they can pick it up?</p>
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I have (and occasionally still do) helped ds spoon things into his mouth -- oatmeal, applesauce, yogurt, etc.  Now he pretty much does the oats on his own, but he isn't much on using a spoon, so I serve it thick and he uses his hands.</p>
 

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<p>Why can't your SIL not feed her child whatever she is eating??  Does your SIL not eat healthy? </p>
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<p>My son ate whatever I ate at that age, except nuts. I had a little hand mill for breaking up the tougher stuff. I know "pickiness" is a big debate on these boards but my son started eating everything I ate (spicy, mild, ethnic, etc) and still does to this day. </p>
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<p>Despite doing "everything right." I won't go into details.... but we really did try, and stick to it to this day.... right around 1 year, my baby got super picky, and I felt like she was eating nothing (and this is after she was eating essentially what we were).  Something just kicked in.... I was shocked!</p>
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<p>BUT she would always eat piles and piles of steel cut oats for breakfast.  We would jam pack them with good stuff, and calories.... currants, peanut butter, chopped apples.... that was always her favorite.  We were giving her baby cereal with some fruit in it, but she started preferring our breakfast, which was the oats..... once it started being her only reliable meal, we jam packed it with goodness.</p>
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<p>These days, she is doing a bit better, but we still don;t have her eating what we eat, though we do serve it to her with every meal....  things she is more likely to eat: whole-grain mac and cheese (the blue box has the best fiber of the brands I've compared... I was surprised by this I make it using yogurt, no butter or milk), cheerios, frosted mini-wheats, cheese, Boca-chicken patties, peas, PB and J, PB toast, hummus...and anything that is a fruit.</p>
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<p>She decided about 2 weeks ago she no longer drinks milk, though she happily drinks it at other people's houses, and at school. We keep on serving it.... Argh!  Toddlers!</p>
 

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<p>Pick-up, although I got a set of demi-silverware and gave it to her at that age.  </p>
 

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<p><span style="color:rgb(255,0,0);">Fishcakes:</span> for <strong>Caedenmomma</strong></p>
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<p>I'm not sure on quantities because I just mix until it looks right. It should be sort of sticky-wet so that you can mold it into balls, but not so sticky that it sticks to your hands.</p>
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<p>1 can salmon (I use wild-caught alaskan salmon)</p>
<p>breadcrumbs--about half as much in volume as the salmon</p>
<p>an egg</p>
<p>onion cooked until it is soft (maybe 1/4 onion) or about a tablespoon of onion flakes</p>
<p>a handful of peas</p>
<p>worcestershire sauce</p>
<p>dried basil</p>
<p>salt & pepper</p>
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<p>If it seems too dry, add some water. If it seems too wet, add more breadcrumbs. Refrigerate for about an hour (it makes it easier to form into balls when it's cold). Form into small balls, pan fry until each side is golden brown.</p>
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<p>You can make a bunch & freeze, too.</p>
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