Toddler Eats

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

I am no Chef, my husband can attest to that but when it comes to cooking meals for our son something has clicked. I made all his baby food from scratch from the start of solids.

I would go to the farmers market once a week grab veggies and fruit and steam, puree and put into reusable squeeze packets to use out and about. This was very shocking to everyone who knows me. I mean I still eat McDonalds on occasion.

MY BABY EATS ESSENTIALS





Anders was a dream eater up until he became 20 months, he started getting toddler picky. I mean this child would eat anything we gave him and all of it. Seriously he eat 6 ounces of white fish one night, we were all shocked. He then smelled like fish, like it was coming out of his pores for the next 24 hours, so wouldn't suggest this much in one sitting but just an example of this kids enormous appetite.  As we approached toddlerhood we became picky and that is completely normal. I didn't want to completely loose my good eater so I tweaked some meals to make sure he was getting in lots of veggies and protein. Here are a few of our favorite toddler meals. 



VEGGIE & FRUIT SMOOTHIE
- Spinach and/or Kale
- Frozen fruit {blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, basically all the berries)
- Full fat greek yogurt
- Chia seeds (teaspoon)
- Raw organic milled flax seed  (teaspoon)
- Water (sub almond, coconut milk)

During the summer and hotter months, I would use the extra smoothie and turn into smoothie Popsicles. Even my picky eater nephew devoured his yogurt smoothie getting lots of nutrients. 
Also, great for those teething! 

PROTEIN SMOOTHIE
- Spinach
- Half Avocado
- Half Banana
- Almond butter
- Coconut milk or Almond milk
- Raw organic milled flax seed (teaspoon)
- Local honey

 {BAMBOO PLATE  ///  FORK  ///  SIPPY CUP}

We have always seasoned all his food from the beginning, obviously lighter then we would for ourselves. I think it helps make a less picky eater. So these are meals that I would cook for us and then just cut the veggies super small and season less for Anders. He loves rice, around the age of 12 months we started making these Rice/Orzo bowls for him and he eats them right up. Combine everything too in hopes of avoiding the, "I don't want anything touching type of eater"

ORZO BOWL
- Orzo pasta
- Chopped mushrooms
- Chopped Zucchini
- Chopped Squash
- Avocado oil, Salt, Pepper & Garlic to taste
- Goat Cheese 
- Option to add a meat like turkey or a chicken sausage

MEXICAN RICE BOWL
- Rice of your choice
- Corn
- Avocado
- Beans
- Shredded or Chopped Chiken
- Shredded Cheese

LEFT OVER RICE BOWL
 - Any type of rice (in the photo above we used left over take out white rice) 
- Whatever meat you have left over cut up small
- Riced Broccoli or Cauliflower (most grocery stores have this now)
- Avocado oil, seasoning to taste



When all else fails and he really won't eat any of the above I got to the tried and true plain pasta or mac & cheese. Half the time Anders doesn't like mac& cheese (I know, it's weird} but when he does here is how we make it so it has some protein and or fiber.
PLAIN PASTA
This brand BANZA is a must in our house when the picky toddler takes over meals. The pasta is made of Chickpeas and taste really good still, I swear!  It has tons more protein & fiber.
-  Banza pasta
- Avocado Oil
- Garlic, Salt & Pepper
- Parmesan and sometimes goat cheese

HEALTHIER MAC & CHEESE 
We usually use a different boxed mac & cheese but when my husband shops at the grocery store he always buys the blue box. When you make the mac & cheese sub the milk and butter for Full Fall Plain Greek Yogurt. It is creamier (think velveeta & shells type) and adds some much needed protein!  I found this recipe from FEEDING LITTLES , They are a great resource, I have mentioned them before in previous blog post
 

SHOP TODDLER EATS ITEMS

 






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Target Dupes

Monday, March 18, 2019

TARGET continues to up their game in the knock off department. Not placing any judgement on them, I recently purchased a target dupe of my own,  my favorite kiddo summer shoe, Natives.

REAL DEAL 

 

Last year, I purchased a pair of natives for Anders around this time and within the month he grew out of them. It was very frustrating to have to spend an additional $35 on shoes again one month later. This year, I found a pair at Target that will get the job done just as well as the Natives did. The quality isn't as good obviously, but we could be wearing this pair for 30 days, so we will deal with it.  I will let you know how they last.  Natives has tons of color combinations, styles and quality and Target has a blue pair for boys and a couple of styles for girls.

TARGET BRAND






The price point on these Madewell slides are really great! The quality of all my Madewell items has always been upstanding. So I would be inclined to buy the Madewell ones over the Target, Universal Thread dupes. But in case you are wanting to keep your Spring/Summer shopping bills on the low side this year. The Target ones are super cute and would last the season. 


REAL DEAL


Target Brand

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