Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Toddler food- My kid eats better than I do

Now that Hunter is solely on "people" food, it's been a fun challenge to come up with ideas for what to serve him for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Fortunately for me breakfast, snacks and lunch are provided by his daycare Monday - Friday so during the week I pretty much just have to worry about feeding him dinner and 99% of the time he just eats whatever we are having for dinner.

As for what he gets served at daycare, below is a photo I took of the menu for this week. Seriously, this kid eats better than I do during the day. In case you can't see it very clearly some of his meals include: French Toast, Pancakes, Salisbury Steak w/ gravy (!), Chicken and Rice casserole and Chicken Patty on a bun. I've also seen him have things like baked ziti, shepard's pie (!) and chicken quesadillas. My lunches are not nearly as exciting, not to mention I typically have a bagel EVERYday for breakfast. Boring right?
 
 
On the weekends I try to serve him nutritious meals, even if they aren't quite as exciting as daycare.
 
In the morning he will typically get some kind of fruit- either bananas or a fruit cup (with the juice drained out) and either a waffle or pancake with syrup, eggs or bread with cheese and some Cheerios.  Below is a photo of our breakfast when he stayed home with me on MLK day. I also gave him some bites of my yogurt which he loved.


For lunch I will typically give him some more fruit (kid LOVES fruit) and either chicken noodle or vegetable soup (with the broth drained) and some cheese. I like giving him the drained vegetable soup because it's an easy way to get him a serving of veggies that are cooked and easy to chew.


We also give him some snacks throughout the day which usually include graham crackers, goldfish, puffs or one of the smoothie pouches which he loves.

As I said for dinner he typically eats whatever we do, unless we're having something super unhealthy like McDonalds or something spicy (he's not a fan of spicy food yet).

Hunter is a very good eater and likes most things we give him, though his favorites are definitely fruit, meat and pasta.

9 comments:

mrs.mfc said...

I love seeing what kids it :) Such a strange "hobby" of mine recently! Glad he is a good eater!

Amanda said...

My three year old niece is obsessed with fruit! She is always trying to put an orange or an apple in my pocket when I leave her house :)

Stephanie said...

I remember thinking the same thing when I saw what Chloe ate at daycare - such a variety! I feel like we get stuck in a rut with what to feed her at home every day. That's nice you've been blessed with a good eater! I agree that Chloe's favorites are fruit, pasta (carbs), and dairy.

Nessa said...

I wish Chloe ate like this. It's no fun making food for a baby who seems to hate everything :(

Heather said...

Man, he gets to eat steak at daycare?! And it sounds like they give them a lot of fruits and veggies, too.

Sean Marie said...

He seems like such a good, healthy little eater! I am so envious of that. Thanks for posting this. I'm referencing your meal plan and going to make some of these for Natalie. Now the hard part is getting her to eat it!

princess apr said...

We've been lax with foods since Laura was a baby. She eats healthy for lunch and breakfast - Cheerios and then lunchmeat, cheese, crackers and fruit. Dinner is kind of up in the air. It's never unhealthy, it's just very balanced. On the weekends, she gets a lot of fruits and veggies which she loves but she'll only eat them uncooked. Lately, there's a lot of pizza and pasta, but she doesn't eat fast food often. Her favorite is pasta which we try to limit to once a day or at least a side dish.

Fiona said...

Sounds like Hunter is such an awesome little eater!! And getting lots of great variety! I wish Alidia would eat so well. We make her so many different things but I end up eating most of hers. Girl just doesn't like to eat :/

AmyJean {Relentless Bride®} said...

Hunter eats like a champ! It's so fun to watch their palettes grow, isn't it? Annabelle isn't much for breakfast but I always offer her something. She loves freshly cut fruits and sometimes non dairy yogurt. At lunch it's typically a veggie snack or whatever I'm eating if she seems interested. Dinner has always been whatever we eat from the beginning. We just avoid salts and things of high sodium but she doesn't seem to mind spice. Unless our meal is unhealthy, we all try to eat the same. She definitely seems more interested when we do. I like your idea of veggie soup drained. I'm going to have to try that!