Let's talk...toddler food! Since weaning Wyatt (which you can read all about here), he has become quite the little eater. He can definitely be picky at times, but overall I would say he's really great at eating the food that I give him, and sometimes I swear he eats as much as I do! The past several years I have tried to make vegetables and "whole foods" more of a priority in my own diet, so it's been a fun challenge for me to try to pass that down to Wyatt. I definitely do not want to give the impression that Wyatt eats absolutely anything I put in front of him, because he definitely doesn't, and I do not consider myself an expert on toddler food either, by any means, but that being said....we've found a lot of foods that work for us and that I feel comfortable feeding & nourishing him with, so I thought I would share in case it might help anyone looking for new ideas for what to feed their toddler. And if nothing else, I love preparing food for Wyatt and documenting some of our go-to meals at this stage in his life is a fun little memento for me.
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Most of what I am showing are just Wyatt's lunches. For breakfast we usually stick to the same things...I usually feed him either oatmeal with banana or blueberries & a little cinnamon, or the banana egg pancakes (see recipe at the bottom of this post) with almond butter. He'll eat a scrambled egg, but not usually voluntarily (unless he is really hungry)—so I have to basically feed it to him myself, which takes longer so I don't do it as often.
Wyatt has 4 teeth on top and 4 on bottom, and no molars yet. I keep telling myself this is why he basically refuses to eat any kind of meat that I try to give him. (He knows it will be hard to chew so he doesn't even bother??) To make sure he gets enough protein, I will usually mince up some meat and mix it with mashed avocado or sweet potato (see meals #2, 6, and 8) and sneak it in that way. We'll see if anything changes when he gets more teeth. (He also refuses to eat broccoli and cauliflower. I'm assuming it's just a texture thing.)
One of Wyatt's favorite veggies is beets. I'll eat beets, but I don't love them, so I'm always amazed that he eats them so enthusiastically. I buy the pre-cooked baby beets from Trader Joe's so all I have to do is slice them up for him. Soo easy and convenient and he's crazy about them. Also, when I cook him sweet potatoes or butternut squash or acorn squash, I'll make a lot of it and use the leftovers for the next couple days. Anyways, those are some of my time-saver tips. :)
Wyatt doesn't have any allergies and I try not to keep any food groups away from him (besides processed foods & sugar, mostly), even though there is controversy about things like dairy or wheat or whatever. We go out to eat for dinner twice a week, usually to Mexican restaurants, and we usually just get Wyatt a quesadilla and rice & beans, which he gobbles down. I figure if he eats fairly healthy the rest of the times, that a greasy, cheesy quesadilla every once in a while isn't so bad.
Here's a little breakdown of the meals that are pictured above:
1 // strawberries and banana & egg pancakes (see pancake recipe below) with almond butter
2 // butternut squash, mashed avocado with chicken, peas
3 // turkey sandwich, cottage cheese, leftover sweet potato fries (recipe here), and "red pepper relish"—something I just made up that Wyatt really likes...diced red pepper and mushrooms sauteed in olive oil with salt, pepper, and granulated onion & garlic.
4 // homemade corn & black bean chili, avocado slices, cheese, peas
5 // avocado, steamed carrots, peas, beets, homemade meatball (like I mentioned before, he doesn't usually eat meat, but somehow he was okay with taking bites of this meatball. Go figure.)
6 // zucchini, beets, avocado mashed with cauliflower, banana
7 // avocado, cheese, blueberries, mexican quinoa (recipe here)
8 // grape tomatoes, cooked asparagus, mashed sweet potato with chicken, grapes
BANANA & EGG PANCAKES
1/2 ripe banana
1/2 Tbs coconut flour
lots of cinnamon
a sprinkle of salt
(mash banana well, then add rest of ingredients and mix until just combined. makes 2 pancakes.)
Any other food that your toddler loves?? I'm always trying to give Wyatt a good variety, and I've been feeling like I want to introduce some more things to him but not sure what. Would love to hear your ideas!