I'm linking up with Brittney once again for Munckin Meals this month! I really love this feature from A Healthy Slice Of Life because it gives me so many ideas for feeding my finicky toddler.
One big development this month has been an increase in communication. Ben has always been a really good communicator, but in the past few weeks we have broken through a bit. While we still have times where he screams and refuses during meal times, he's gotten much better at telling me what he wants. That is not to say that I always make or give him what he wants, but we are getting to be more on the same page, which makes us both happier!
|We also got a big boy hair cut a few days ago!|
|plain toasted waffle with oranges and chopped raw almonds|
Waffles - plain with either a small drop of maple syrup or peanut butter for dipping.
Bread - plain, untoasted. He sometimes will be happy with a small bit of jelly or peanut butter but usually is happier with it plain.
Oatmeal - made with banana, water, almond milk, and cinnamon. He LOVES it.
Cereal - Morning O's with almond milk
Sometimes we try:
Scrambled Egg - Often refuses, but occasionally gobbles it up
Kale - chopped and sauteed with a tiny sprinkle of sea salt - he usually eats this
Yogurt - Plain Chiobani mixed with honey - he would eat this at every meal if I let him but he gets an upset stomach if he has too much dairy so we try to limit this.
Almond Butter and Jelly
|he would eat this everyday!|
Hummus and Avocado
|Whole grain wrap with cream cheese, carrot sticks and peas|
Veggies: (usually with hummus for dipping, unless he has hummus in his sandwich, then I make some kind of yogurt dip or he gets them plain.)
Bell pepper slices
Kashi Cinnamon O's
Green "Puff Puffs"
Fruit: Oranges, Watermelon, Apples (with cinnamon or peanut/almond butter), grapes, blueberries
We try to give him a few options for what he wants and let him choose. The choices are often dictated by whether we are going to put him in his chair or not. If he is engaged in playing, or we are out and about, we pick either a smoothie or something that works in his snack cups, like popcorn, bunnies, o's, puffs, or raisins. If we put him in the chair, we pick something that can be a bit messier, like fruit.
|Mmmm Spinach Pie and Oranges|
This is where I really try to stick to offering what we eat. HOWEVER, there are certain things that we love for dinner that I KNOW he won't eat. I always offer it to him (unless it's spicy, then I try to set aside some deconstructed version of it beforehand. For example, if we are having Chickpea Tacos, I will give him some roasted chickpeas and some plain chickpeas, some chopped tomatoes and a few pieces of lettuce (he never eats the lettuce), then I bulk it up with a few extras, like some veggies or bread with hummus.
|Roasted brussel sprouts and homemade wheat bread with hummus|
Other nights, when we are having something I just know he won't eat, like leftovers of Guacamole Quinoa - I will give him a small amount on his plate, then I make him something very simple/easy that I think he will like. Usually this involves a wrap of some sort, with cheese, hummus, refried beans, etc. Recently I tried out this combo with what we had in the fridge. It's a Pizza Wrap and he loved it!
Just a whole grain wrap, with marinara sauce and sliced mini balls of mozzerella (shredded would work but I was using what I had), folded over and warmed in a pan with a little oil (though i bet the toaster would be good too!)
Dinners are currently our more difficult meal. He eats PLENTY at all the other meals and drinks plenty of milk (too much, actually, but that's fodder for another post entirely), so I don't stress about it. He can eat or not eat and I try not to pressure him to eat if he's not hungry. I do try to get him to try everything on his plate and most days this works great for us. A simple "first 1 bite of peas then you can be all done" is enough and once he tries it he often eats all of it anyway. It's almost like he forgets that he likes certain things until he eats them.
Does anyone else "make" their kids try everything on their plate before they can be all done? How does it work for you?