Recently a few of you have been asking me to share the meals I give Ezra, as well as other “ideas” for toddler meals! The truth is, not TOO much thought goes into his meals because for a while now, he’s been eating exactly what we’re eating, although for breakfast and lunch, I will usually make him something separate from what I’m eating. If you’ve been following along for a while, you know Ezra tested positive for a whole-egg allergy at 9 months old, so we did need to modify some meals for him for a while. 9 months later, he’s gotten over that allergy on his own, and can now fully eat whatever we’re having at any given time.
With that being said, I want to share some of what we do for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and hopefully provide some helpful insight and ideas for you & your own toddler! I can do a separate post on feeding, snacks and how we got Ezra to be open to all kinds of food, but for now I just wanted to share a few meal ideas that can even be modified for picky eaters, as well as a few bonus tips on how to sneakily add fruits & veggies onto a picky eater’s plate.
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I’m not a nutritionist or feeding expert, BUT here are some tips based on what I’ve seen with our 18 month old!
Is it the taste? Is it the texture? Sometimes Ezra will pick up a big piece of kale and quickly put it down again because I’m assuming he’s overwhelmed by either the size, or the wet, flimsy texture of it. In that case, I will try cutting it up and he will usually go back to eating it like normal. Whether it’s the taste or texture they don’t like, try offering it a few different times and watch their reaction to see if it truly is a taste thing, or solely dependent on the preparation of the food itself.
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I love doing this with the pulp from my juicer! I’ve added beets, carrots, orange and cucumber to Ezra’s pancakes & muffins just from using pulp from my juicer. You can also make your own puree with a food processor or blender and add them that way.
I think part of the reason Ezra eats *almost* anything (there ARE some things he just doesn’t like!) is that we don’t feed him “kid food” by default. He LOVES chicken nuggets, mac & cheese and hot dogs, but those things aren’t the norm in our house, so they’re not the norm for him. Of course everything can be enjoyed in moderation! But by introducing a variety early on, you can teach your kids what the “norm” is in your household when it comes to food.