Wednesday, April 20, 2016

What My Toddler Eats

Toddlers can be both curious and picky little eaters, which can be a challenge for many parents. Today I share what this Registered Dietitian feeds her little one.  
Healthy Toddler Meal Ideas

Hi Friends!

I was looking through the pictures on my phone the other day and realized I take a lot of pictures of What My Toddler Eats.  Some of the pictures I do post on Instagram; however, the remainder of pictures serve as a reminder of my Little One's developmental stages. For example, I recently referred back to my phone to determine when we introduced some of the most common food allergens.

Most experts agree that a child's eating habits are developed during infant and toddler years.  To establish a solid foundation of healthy eating habits for our little one we try to create balanced meals - including protein-rich foods, fruits and vegetables, and whole grains.  I can't say he is the biggest fan of veggies, but we keep exposing him!

Let's take a look at What My Toddler Eats starting with the most important meal of the day (and ironically his favorite)!

Whole grain waffles (plain), scrambled eggs, sliced strawberries

Left: Apricots, scrambled eggs, whole grain blueberry waffles (plain)
Right: Sweet potato cubes, spinach banana waffles, strawberries

Scrambled eggs, mandarin orange slices, blueberry pancake

Turkey and cheese open faced sandwich, apple and pineapple slices, Dr. Praeger's Spinach Littles

Left: Sliced strawberries, Trader Joes fish sticks, Plum Garden Chicken Bites, Roasted Root Veggies
Right: Banana slices, Cauliflower crust pizza, cucumbers

Waffled Pizza sandwich (made with Sprouted Grain Bread), cooked carrot sticks, strawberry slices

Applegate Farms turkey slices, cheddar cheese cubes, roasted potatoes, strawberry slices

We eat a lot of DIY yogurt pouches in our house. This one is filled with Mango Green Smoothie from the blog archives.

And that my friends is what My Toddler Eats.  Aren't those little hands adorable?!  As you can see we still offer divided plates to help highlight the different food groups.  Next goal for the Little One - learn how to use utensils! Stay tuned!

Your Family's Dietitian,

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