What My Toddler Eats in a Day
I know most mums struggle with fussy eaters and sometimes I wonder how my own son actually grows since he goes in and out of phases, loving and hating food. This is what I will typically offer my son. Whether he will actually eat it or not is a whole other story. Right now we are in a good phase, thank heavens! Months of frustration and meltdowns over unconsumed food have of course made me a somewhat expert in trying to include nutrients into his food without him noticing. I am no nutritionist or doctor, but this is what I have found best for my son’s needs at the moment. I love reading these kind of posts because they help me in my personal research and offer me some alternative ideas for his meals, which are always welcome when you are trying to find foods which are healthy and likable at the same time.
Porridge is a common choice for us at breakfast although we will occasionally have banana pancakes or French toast on weekends. But today I cooked some oats, then mash up half a banana and added some chopped strawberries, which he enjoys. Sometimes I will add blueberries, raspberries or any other fruit I may have available. Then I add one teaspoon of honey, two teaspoons of organic chia seeds (which contains protein and omega 3) and I will powder down some flax seed and a variety of other seeds such as pumpkin, sunflower and sometimes even flaked almonds which are easier to crush into powder form. Best investment of my life has been a strong chopper for seeds and spices (beper chopper), which turns anything into fine powder. You can then add this powder into anything without your baby noticing anything different. Add to soups, yogurts or cereal making it easy to include key nutrients they would otherwise not consume.
Mid morning Snack 10.30am
I sometimes skip the morning snack so that he may eat his lunch but on this particular day I gave him some organic apple cinnamon rice cakes with fresh orange juice.
For lunch we had Salmon with roasted potatoes and long green beans. He is now at an age where he can have whatever we are having, which has made life much easier
Afternoon Snack 3.30pm
Around this time I will always give him yogurt and fruit. I made some just before we went out and stored it in a flask. I mashed up and added half a banana and half an avocado to Greek yogurt and honey.
We were still out on this particular day and he had a cheese toast. At home I would make him toast with homemade hummus or pesto sometimes.
Like always he will have some warm milk before bed. I use SMA pro 3, designed for toddlers.
This of course is not a fixed menu, we change meals and feeding times according to our daily needs but this is what I would typically give him. With kids this age things change rapidly and you really need to learn to adjust accordingly. Please let me know if you have any suggestions of your own when it comes to feeding fussy eaters.