Thursday, July 28, 2016

What My Toddler Eats 2

Feeding a toddler is not always an easy task.  Today on the blog I share my attempt as a Registered Dietitian mom to offer my little one a well-balanced diet.

Hi Friends!

I am sharing another edition of "What My Toddler Eats" today!  You can check out my first post here.

As a Registered Dietitian and health conscious mom I try and serve my toddler well-balanced meals with a variety of flavors. Getting him to eat vegetables is our current struggle. You will notice my creative attempt at serving up some veggies in the pictures below.  One of my Instagram friends started an account entitled, "Stuff My Toddler Won't Eat", which I can certainly identify with.  Sometimes I spend lots of time preparing a well-balanced meal, and unfortunately, most of the meals end up being thrown to the floor.

Here are some meals he has been served over the past few months. He ate most of these meals, but I made a note otherwise.

Perhaps I should call this the "yellow meal".  This was a thrown together meal of leftover blueberry pancakes (from J. Christophers), sweet potato cubes, cheese cubes, and banana slices.   Ironically sometimes the meals you spend the least amount of time preparing are the most well-liked by your little one.

Another simple breakfast in the books.  This is a Nature's Path Buckwheat Widlberry Frozen Waffle with 1-2 tbsp almond butter spread on top.  Banana slice (again) on the side.

Another waffle!  This time a 7 Grains Waffle from Kashi Waffle.  The waffle was topped with plain Greek yogurt.  A fruit medley of clementines and cubed watermelon were on the side.

We decided it was time to introduce the toddler to one of our favorite Starbucks breakfast sandwiches, so here he got to try the Bacon, Gouda, & Egg Breakfast Sandwich.     Of course he went straight for the bread!  The sandwich was paired with cubed watermelon and sliced strawberries.

These Toddler Veggie Pinwheels are an attempt to increase the little one's veggie intake.  The pinwheels are paired with orange slices.

And then we introduced him to Chick-Fil-A, but we went with the grilled chicken nuggets.  Cheese cubes and watermelon cubes helped to round out the meal.

Its been a busy past few months if you can't tell by all the leftovers. Most Friday nights we head out for pizza at a local pizza shop.  This meal was leftovers from our weekly Friday night outing.  To help balance out the meal we offered him a carrot/avocado salad and sliced bananas (note the carrot salad was not eaten).

These Spinach Banana Waffles are always a hit and another attempt to sneak in some veggies.  Waffles were served with leftover quesidillias and more oranges.

And yet another attempt to add in some veggies with these Earth's Best Broccoli Kale Cheese Stuffed Bites. Little man loved them!  Sliced strawberries added for optimal balance. 

Carrot crust pizza say what?!  A local vendor, VeggiCrust, offers several different vegetable pizza crust options.  This mom is in love!  Watermelon and raspberries were included with the pizza slices.

The little one loves cereal! We skip the sugary cereals and offer options with whole grains and protein such as this cup of  Barbara's Puffin original combined with plain Cheerios.

These babyfood and yogurt popsicles were a huge hit with the little one.  I shared the recipe over on Instagram recently. 

Most weekends we brunch out at a local brunch spot.  On this day the little one enjoyed a Belgium waffle, scrambled eggs, and fruit cocktail.

For a Father's Day celebration we went to a local German restaurant, Village Corner.  The toddler enjoyed cheesy spaetzle.  I was thrilled to see the apple slices on top of this starchy meal!

A few more weekend outings.  Little Man's first introduction of ice cream and a strawberry waffle.  I avoided offering these sweet treats for some time, but felt it was time for an introduction in efforts to help build the foundation for a healthy relationship with food.

And there you have it - this is what my toddler ate over the past month or so!

Your Family's Dietitian,

Disclosure: A few of the recipes mentioned in this post were originally posted as part of my partnership with Beech-Nut Baby Foods.  I was compensated for the original post, but was not compensated for this post. All thoughts and opinions are of my own.

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