Feeding your toddler

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Feeding your toddler
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Wed, 05-18-2011 - 9:30pm
I am running out of ideas for lunch for Selin. I usually reheat leftovers but if there aren't any, I'm stumped what to feed her. Here is my rotation so far: cheese quesadillas, pasta, vegetable/noodle soup, chicken nuggets (minus the breading). Sometimes she'll just have fruit, yogurt, or cheese.

Same goes for snacks, especially when on the go. Here's what we have so far: raisins, Cheerios, Graham crackers, animal crackers, goldfish crackers, fruit, cheese, yogurt. I feel like I'm giving her the same things over and over.

Any suggestions?

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Wed, 05-18-2011 - 9:44pm
What about cut-up veggies - like carrots, cucumber, tomatoes, broccoli, etc.? I try to keep some in the fridge so if we're eating something I don't want to give to Evan (since he's still early on in his eating days), I can just bring a couple of those out. We also give him bread sticks to gnaw on. You could add a dip too, like hummus or mushed avocado.

Also, have you tried Mum Mums? They're great little rice crackers, and I think they come in small puffs too (or you can get something similar).




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Wed, 05-18-2011 - 10:26pm
DAvid lovesgranola bars. Also how do you get her to eat soup? I have tried w david and he will not eat it even just the noodles.

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Wed, 05-18-2011 - 10:48pm
I feel the same way, Christine. I have gotten so tired of meal planning/grocery shopping/cooking... but I am trying hard because I am really committed to healthy eating and teaching Eliza about eating well... ANYWAY, I totally feel your pain.

For lunches we often do sandwiches - either ham and cheese or PB&J or grilled cheese, or a cut-up chicken breast or some other lean meat or a veggie burger patty. Serving food with ketchup or hummus to dip goes over pretty well :)

For sides we often do: a veggie (she loves green peas), beans, avocado, fruit, yogurt, cottage cheese... and I sometimes make a bean/corn salad type thingy called Texas Caviar that Eliza loves. It has beans, corn, green pepper, tomato, and I add avocado for her because she loves it so much. I can give you the recipe if you want!

Recently, we discovered kale chips and Eliza LOVES them. They are super easy to make and very nutritious - you just bake (olive oil rubbed) kale leaves for 10-12 mins on 350. Salt them a bit, too. They're nummy.

Snacks: our old standards are raisins, string cheese, annie's cheddar bunnies, freeze dried banana "chips" (I get them at Trader Joe's).

I'm also getting really tired of the same old lunches and snacks that I serve day after day so I'm interested to get a few new ideas...!

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Registered: 12-23-2003
Thu, 05-19-2011 - 2:03am
Well I reread "Child of Mine" and realized that I had gone overboard with always offering Teddy lots of choices, etc. So now he gets whatever I am eating. If he throws it all on the ground then he is done until snack time (about 2 hours later).
Things I eat for lunch are things like,
Spaghetti Bolognese
Potato casserole
Veggie Stir fry
Curry and rice - He LOVES this, I think lots of children really love spices if they are offered to them!
Sometimes we do a sweet lunch like
Rice pudding,pancakes, waffles, etc- all of which are pretty healthy if you serve them with applesauce and the like instead of syrup

For snacks I have a few on the go snacks like dried fruit and yogurt drinks but otherwise if we are home he gets fruit, a milk product (cheese or yogurt), and a bread product.

I personally don't think toddlers need special food or need to be to catered to (of course things should be cooked and cut to a good size for them) and so I have stopped with a lot of the special toddler foods like goldfish, etc. This is just because I was getting really frustrated with Teddy's eating though and I realized I needed to put the responsibility for eating back on his shoulders and stop thinking that I needed to offer him a million different things just to get him to eat.

I hope you get some good suggestions, what you are feeding her now sounds fine to me:)
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Thu, 05-19-2011 - 8:02am
Honestly Crhistine, I think that Selin is old enough to eat whatever you are eating, so try to relax and cook whatever you are in the mood for!! (in a healthy style of course!)

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Thu, 05-19-2011 - 8:25am
PB and J on an English muffin, raspberries, applesauce, cheese, yogurt, banana, peaches. I buy a mix of fresh and canned fruit and try to find the stuff packed in water. He's recently started to refuse all veggies, the bugger. I feel like he gets the same thing over and over too.

Anyway, I agree with Ash and Mari!

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Thu, 05-19-2011 - 8:38am

Ash, I totally work from this mindset with Eliza, too. It helps to relieve the stress over how much she's eating, etc... because yeah, that's honestly not my responsibility, it's hers. I just have to get the plate to her tray and then my part is done - BUT, I have just plain run out of ideas for meals for the whole family! So, when we eat lunch together, we eat the same thing, but I am just so bored with what we've been eating lately. Your idea to do a "sweet" lunch of pancakes or something is fun, I like that. And Eliza LOVES curry, too! I usually make more interesting stuff for dinner, but like Christine, we don't often have leftovers so I have to come up with something new for lunch and I am already so over it!! Haha. :)

And, now I have to go because Eliza is throwing her food all over the dining room (DH isn't fast enough apparently)!!!!!!

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Thu, 05-19-2011 - 9:08am

It’s so great to see everyone’s ideas! I should have clarified in my initial post that Selin does eat whatever we eat for B,L,D so I’m not necessarily making special meals for her, I’m just running out of ideas. When she was going to the sitter, she was having B, L, and snacks there so I only had to worry about dinner but now I’ve got to come up with three meals plus snacks! Breakfast is usually pretty easy but lunchtime I just feel like we eat the same things every week.

My biggest challenge is if we’re out running around and lunchtime/snacktime hits – what do you keep in your car? I have a tumbler filled with mums and cheerios and usually bring along some raisins too but I feel like she’s getting sick of it. The only way I could bring something like yogurt or cheese is to bring along a cooler, which isn’t impossible, it’s just one more thing I have to remember to bring when I load up the car. Sigh.

Selin does love curry – we’re actually meeting a friend at an Indian buffet today for lunch!

Alyssa – When Selin first started solids, she was all about the cut up veggies but now she won’t have anything to do with it. We keep offering, but she keeps refusing. I should try offering it with a dip since she LOVES hummus and likes to eat it straight off the spoon. Bread sticks is a good idea, too and we’re already doing the mums.

Sandy– Ah yes, I forgot to mention granola bars. That is my standby when I absolutely cannot get her to eat anything else. I should have clarified that she doesn’t eat the soup broth, I just give her the rest of the soup. She especially loves lentil soup!

Ella – We don’t eat pork so no ham sandwiches here. I’ve tried giving her turkey and cheese sandwiches but she just picks out the cheese, lol! I haven’t given Selin PB yet since my ped recommended waiting until 2 years but I might just cave and give her some soon. Do you give her regular PB or an alternative butter like sunflower? She loves beans and sometimes avocado. Veggie burgers are a great idea and I’d love the recipe for your Texas Caviar! I’ll have to try the kale chips – sounds easy and yummy! I am totally with you on that I so do not want to have to cook yet another meal for lunch and would prefer something quick and easy.

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Thu, 05-19-2011 - 9:28am
Oh I totally get the whole what are we going to have for lunch thing! We sometimes just do bread, meat, and cheese which is boring but boring is OK sometimes.

I think we are so lucky to have so much choice and food available to us but I think that can also sometimes put pressure on us as parents to always be offering really fun, interesting, healthy meals when the reality is that in many cultures people eat the same thing for almost every meal and probably spend very little time thinking about what they will eat as there simply aren't many choices available. I'm not saying that is ideal but I do believe that sometimes we as parents over think issues like these.
-----Don't mean anything negative by that Christine- I also always love to get yummy meal ideas:)

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Thu, 05-19-2011 - 12:56pm
Ever since Ray was a toddler I keep the mini cans of no-salt added veggies in the cabinet. They make the perfect snack or addition to a meal when we run out of the fresh stuff.
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