Monday, March 18, 2013

What Wesley Eats {Healthy toddler foods}

I always wonder what other people feed their kids. I envision stay-at-home mamas having meetings to discuss the most healthy and delicious things to feed their kids. I also envision working mamas making the most fresh and balanced meals for their little ones in their free-time (slash between 2-4am). I thought it might be interesting to share what I feed my little man. Keep in mind that my husband and I both enjoy cooking from scratch, my husband is gluten-free, and Wesley has no known allergies. He is currently 14 months old.
We aren't very adventurous but we do integrate new foods on a weekly basis. While there are things Wesley prefers and doesn't like, we continue to feed him whatever we're eating and don't give him options. I work hard to make sure that he gets enough dairy, fruit, vegetable, and carbs. He's a very busy kid and needs all the carbs he can get! He LOVES all bread products - pizza crust, muffins, toast, crackers, etc.

Wesley doesn't like pasta, tomato sauce, or tough-to-chew chicken. We make him eat it when we are, but he definitely prefers ground turkey and rice. He will eat steamed or roasted veggies but still struggles with raw veggies. Of course there are other things he likes and will eat, but these are standards that work in our family.

Homemade yogurt and fruit (banana or apple sauce)
Healthy muffins
Green smoothie
Soy milk (We haven't made the jump to cow's milk for a variety of reasons)
Homemade bread and peanut butter

Leftovers from dinner
Beans mixed with a veggie and yogurt
Beans and rice
Peanut butter or hummus sandwich

Rice crackers with peanut butter or hummus
Banana pieces
Dried apple slices
Apple sauce and yogurt  

Fried rice
Stacked enchiladas
Tamale Casserole
Zucchini Pizza Bake
Bean Stew

A typical day:

  • Breakfast: 2-3 ounces of breast milk or soy milk, green smoothie, and a healthy muffin 
  • Morning snack: puffs and dried apples
  • Lunch: leftovers at school with soy milk and water 
  • Afternoon snack: rice crackers and peanut butter
  • Dinner: fried rice with water and soy milk
  • Before bed: 2-3 ounces of soy or breast milk

What do your kids like to eat? How do you make sure that they get everything they need to grow strong and healthy? Do you model healthy eating patterns? (I try my hardest but fail each day!)
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  1. Did your ped flip about the peanut butter? I thought we couldn't do that until age 2? Help! I think P would like it. Thanks for the post! Super helpful!

  2. Ours told us at our one year appointment that nothing was off limits - bring on cows milk, peanut butter, and honey! I haven't heard to wait until 2, but we did wait until after he turned 1. He LOVES it. He'd eat a peanut butter sandwich for every meal if he could! Just like his dad... :-)



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