The Adventure Starts Here: Toddler Tastes

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Toddler Tastes


This past month, I've made a big effort to have Noah eat more real food.  We still use the baby food pouches when we are out and I want to make sure he's getting enough fruits and veggies.  But when we are home, I've been trying to give more variety of real foods.

Feeding a toddler is harder than I expected.  Noah will like something one day and then won't touch it the very next day.  Some days Noah wants to feed himself and other days he wants to be spoon fed.  He's also started this thing where if I'm giving him baby food, he fights the first bite.  Then as soon as he tastes it he's ready for me to feed him the whole pouch no problem.  It's like he doesn't trust that I'm giving him yummy food.

Breakfast:

Eggs with toast
French toast with fruit
Cheerios with fruit
Mini pancakes (frozen eggo) and fruit



His favorite fruits include peaches, pears (I often just use the snack packs by Dole), apples, bananas, and cantaloupe.  It's hit or miss with blueberries (recently he just squeezes them and makes a mess) and strawberries.  I also gave him kiwi… he ate 2 pieces both days, but that was all he wanted.


Lunch:

Turkey and cheese on crackers
Ham on crackers
Grilled Cheese
Shredded chicken
Tyson's chicken fries
Mac & Cheese

I then pair these things with fruit and a snack.  He loves goldfish, greek yogurt, yogurt melts, Gerber puffs, and Gerber cheese puffs.  He was liking raisins, but now he usually just throws them on the floor.  I was surprised when he wasn't a fan of the animal crackers I gave him.  I guess he prefers the Golden Oreos I give him instead ;)



Dinners:

Dinner is where we struggle.  If we are eating something he can have, then that's what he eats.  But often, he gets hungry around 5:30 and Chris doesn't get home until 6:30.  So I usually end up giving him a pouch of baby food and then letting him nibble off of our plates at 6:30.

There are a few dishes that he LOVES though…

Meatloaf
Meatballs
Pasta
Rotisserie Chicken
Sweet Potato
Green Beans
Carrots

He isn't really a fan of broccoli, though he eats in it the pouches.   This is where I find the pouches are great.  He eats vegetables he wouldn't touch in "real life", like spinach and kale.


Noah still drinks lots of milk, and he loves to snack on cheese and yogurt.  Though I worry he's getting too much dairy.  I'm not surprised though since I'm a big fan of dairy too!  He still gets his milk out of a bottle… I know I have to switch him over soon!  But he does drink his water out of a zippy cup.  He hasn't figured out how to use a straw yet, so we are working on that too.

While I feel like we haven't been doing the "real" food for that long, I already feel like I'm in a rut with the things I give him.  I would love some suggestions on new foods to try!  

1 comment:

  1. We too struggle here although we baby led weaned so she has been on real food since six months and just eats what we eat. I try to make her at least one green smoothie a day loaded with kale and spinach and she loves them! We top her up with pouches too if we are in a rush! Try putting cheese sauce on broccoli, it works wonders for us! ;)

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