What My Toddler Eats in a Week

A lot of people have asked me about the best food to feed a toddler. And, believe me, I know how easy it is to get stuck in a food rut with kids. It’s something I work on all the time.

Photo of a toddler eating an ear of corn with the text over it that reads, "What my toddler eats in a week."To give you some ideas around healthy meals for babies and toddlers, I took photos of my three-year-old son Griffin’s breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks for a week and made this video. Enjoy!

What do YOU feed your toddler?

Share it in the comments so we can learn from each other!

The meals featured in this video include…

Breakfast

  • Sprouted piece of wheat toast with raw butter, vegetable scrambled egg, and pear slices
  • Sprouted whole grain cereal with banana, honey and milk
  • Savory breakfast… scrambled egg, organic corn tortilla with melted cheese and side of salsa
  • Sprouted toast with almond butter with a side of Greek yogurt and raw honey
  • Soaked oatmeal with banana, honey and coconut milk
  • Sprouted corn pancakes with butter and real maple syrup
  • Cut up mango with Greek yogurt and raw honey

Lunch

  • Sprouted organic corn tortilla cut up, scrambled egg, ratatouille
  • Rice pasta with an Asian vegetable stir-fry
  • Sprouted wheat grilled cheese, side of cucumber and pears
  • Scrambled egg, quinoa and tomato slices
  • Roasted chicken pieces, roasted potato pieces, carrots and cucumber
  • Brown rice with olive oil/sea salt, carrot coins and raw cheddar cheese
  • Sprouted organic corn tortilla with pureed black beans, melted cheese and carrot salad on side

Dinner

  • Salad with balsamic vinaigrette, sprouted whole grain pasta with butter and crumbled cheese
  • Shrimp taco deconstructed… shrimp, beans, lettuce, cheese salsa and organic corn tortilla
  • Random dinner… hummus and carrots, peaches and corn pasta with butter
  • Teriyaki salmon, garbanzo beans, sautéed slaw with onions and peas
  • Sprouted wheat grilled cheese with diced tomato and pickle
  • Coconut white fish, brown rice, and celery, onion stir-fry
  • Salmon lox, quinoa and raw peppers with balsamic vinegar

Snacks

  • Raw nuts and seeds
  • Fresh fruit
  • String cheese
  • Cherry tomatos
  • Fruit strips

Desserts

Usually it’s nothing or just fresh fruit… sometimes I do dates or Lara bar type stuff, high quality organic ice cream and I like these gluten-free cones for a special treat. I also give him Yummy Earth’s lollipops as a treat if we’re on the go.

About Genevieve

After battling weight, digestive, and immune system issues for years, I know firsthand the harmful effects of conventional life. Through a long road of detox, I discovered the healing power of natural living. This transformation spread into every area of my life - physical, emotional & spiritual. Now I'm on a mission to help other mamas live happier, healthier lives.

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  3. Z December 10, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    Just started the Tart Cherry Juice with my 2 year old. How much do you give Griffin? I gave my son a very small glass maybe 2oz. and then freaked out that maybe it was too much!

  4. Sarah November 27, 2013 at 12:28 am

    I don’t know when it happened (maybe the 6 day road trip across the country when we moved and living in a hotel for 10 days after that?!?!) but at some point I gave into a picky phase with my 2.5 yo son and now he eats practically nothing but peanut butter, fruit snacks, and cereal. How do I get him to eat again??? I’m so envious of all that variety in your child’s diet Genevieve! I would love some tips on how to get my son to eat REAL food again!

    • Alicia November 27, 2013 at 1:48 pm

      Hi Sarah,
      If your son is energetic and acting the usual you shouldn’t worry so much. My son is 7yrs old and since he was 1yr old he’s been a picky eater. always eating the same thing nothing else. at 2yrs old all he ate was PB&J and fruits. He loves fruits so I make sure there is a variety of them at sight. Try oatmeal with chopped apples and a bit of cinnamon powder my son loves this in the mornings. You can try with strawberries too. Other thing to try is eggs with corn tortilla, you fry the tortillas just to soften them and immediately add the battered egg and voila. . Today all he eats is lettuce, tomatoes, chicken and pasta that is it. ohh and I try to give him nuts, almonds. for snacks and more fruits. He plays soccer and baseball and doctors say that he looks healthy and to them he eats healthier than other kids. This kid has energy I envy so he is getting the what his body needs.

  5. Jackie mobley November 27, 2013 at 12:11 am

    Awesome video alot if great ideas!
    What is the difference between regular and sprouted?
    Where do you fund it? Do you use all organic? :)

  6. Marie November 26, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    One of our favorite breakfast meals is buckwheat. We soak it the night before, rinse well and then it cooks up really fast. I like raw butter and salt and my husband likes honey and raisins or peanut butter. We call it “cereal” and the children know no different. We also do quinoa and barley the same way.

  7. Jenne Boado November 26, 2013 at 11:46 am

    Hello! I have a 15 mos. old and I still breastfeed, but my little one usually eats what I have for lunch. He does not have his molars so I make sure everything is cut into small pieces. What age is your little one and what kind of milk do you give him?

  8. Hailey November 14, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    I love your blog!! There is something so rewarding about feeding your child real, nutrient dense food :) I’m curious when you started griffin on grains… My son is 15 months old,no molars yet, and eats pretty much aligned with WAPF. I am looking forward to incorporating soaked grains, but get conflicting info (wapf says after a year, but others say wait for molars or two years of age for digestibiliy). Any grains I give him would be soaked or sprouted. Can you shed any light? Thank you!

  9. Hailey November 14, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    I love your blog!! There is something so rewarding about feeding your child real, nutrient dense food :) I’m curious when you started griffin on grains… My son is 15 months old, molars yet, and eats pretty much aligned with WAPF. I am looking forward to incorporating soaked grains, but get conflicting info (wapf says after a year, but others say wait for molars or two years of age for digestibiliy). Any grains I give him would be soaked or sprouted. Can you shed any light? Thank you!

  10. stacie November 12, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    LOVE your video and food ideas. thank you thank you!! do you have any tips on executing your “two bite” idea? I love the idea of that, but my 2 year old almost always refuses even one bite when I try and encourage that… 2 bites seems totally out of the question… but I agree would probably make her realize she actually likes most things she refuses ;-)

  11. Karim Vitolo November 2, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    Hi, just saw your post and I loved it! One question: Why do you reccommend sprouted bread, tortillas, pasta?

  12. Sadie Lynn October 14, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    I’m having the hardest time getting my 2.5 year old daughter to eat well. Due to some family illness we slipped on the Newark food eating and now she refuses anything healthy. She won’t even eat a vegetable and the one or two bite trick just turns into a struggle. She will eat sweet potatoes pancakes, sunflower seed butter and maybe fruit. Please ell with any tips. We are desperate for help.

  13. Robyn October 12, 2013 at 11:18 am

    Thank you so much for this post! It made me feel so much better and also gave me some great ideas for new meals :) You are the best!

  14. Allison Bruner October 11, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    Hey Genevieve. I have been following your blog here and love it. I follow a handful of bloggers and I have to say yours is one of my all time favorites. I think it’s because of your bright and kind approach that makes me look forward to seeing your videos because I’m excited to see what’s coming next. So anyhoo.. I don’t have kids but I find fertility and child raising fascinating, which is probably another reason why I like your blog so much! This video, in particular, is not only beneficial for mama but I thought it was great information to help me switch up my diet as well! But hey, I was wondering if you’ve seen this, the massive amount of acid whey that is produced by Greek yogurt manufacturers? You mentioned Greek yogurt in your vlog so I was wondering, do you make it yourself out of raw milk? Have you thought about it or tired it before? You may want to consider it or talk about it here to open people up to the possibilities of making it more sustainably, at home. Well, that’s my rant :p Hope you don’t mind. Stay lovely and bless ya, Natural Mama. You truly make a difference. http://modernfarmer.com/2013/05/whey-too-much-greek-yogurts-dark-side/

  15. Evelia October 11, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    This is great! I hope you do this again. I’m always searching the web for new food ideas! Glad to see I’m not alone.

  16. Devon October 11, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    Wish my toddler didn’t have egg and nut allergies… We are always stuck in a rut!

  17. Leah September 17, 2013 at 11:21 am

    Thank you for the inspiration. Most of the foods you serve your son, my three-year old son won’t eat. No fish, no rice, no quinoa, no raw veggies, no slaw, no nuts, no shrimp, no beans, etc. I will keep trying, though. It’s so hard, though, because my husband is not fully on board. He lived on Totino’s Pizza, canned pasta, and takeout before I met him. Cooking is so difficult. At least I am now using organic ingredients, but I still feel like we’re so far behind where I want to be.

    • Genevieve September 17, 2013 at 2:10 pm

      That’s tough, Leah. Is he around you more than your husband? The best we can do is model good eating habits and serve healthy food again and again. Keep rotating and maybe even encourage him with a special toy if he tries 5 new foods, something like that. This too shall pass! XO

  18. Rebecca September 13, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    You give your toddler such nourishing meals! I have always been health-conscious regarding the food we eat, especially my 2 1/2 year old son, but I have learned a lot more about nutrition along the way! We eat less sugar and wheat than we used to.

    A typical breakfast for him would be an egg (From our own free range hens and ducks) with organic oatmeal (sometimes soaked) or homemade whole wheat bread with cream cheese or butter on it. Sometimes in a pinch, I do gluten free cereal in homemade yogurt (with a bit of sweetened yogurt added for flavor) or with raw milk.

    Morning snack (we eat a late lunch): Cheese, nuts, raisins or dates, apple slices, roasted chick peas. Just found out that he loves homemade hummus, as well!!

    Lunches: Usually leftovers, or in a pinch, a sandwich on whole wheat bread with a piece of fruit. Occasionally, tuna fish or chicken salad with crackers.

    Supper: It varies, but he pretty much eats what we eat. We do the “tacos-deconstructed” too! He isn’t super into veggies, at least raw veggies, but we’re working on that. He has to eat a few bites of veggies before he can have the “good stuff” that he likes. I try to sneak in some fermented pickles sometimes, as well. How cool that Griffin eats salad!

    • Genevieve September 13, 2013 at 3:50 pm

      Your meals sound amazing! Good job! I wouldn’t stress too much about raw veggies. They can be harder to digest for young ones. Just keep introducing and sometimes it “click.” :)

  19. Samantha September 12, 2013 at 10:57 pm

    Thanks for this! I have older kids (4 and 6) but I find myself getting into ruts and sure enough, they get pickier and pickier when I give them a smaller variety of food. Great ideas.

  20. Amie September 12, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    One more thing…What recipe do you use for ratatoulli?

    Thanks!

  21. Amie September 12, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    Where can I find more information on “sprouted” things. I am not familiar with the benefits of eating sprouted as opposed to regular grains.

    Thanks!
    Amie
    ps…I wish you could fix me the same meals you feed your toddler!
    pps…I am curious about the GMO thing as well. Where can I find more good, researched info on GMO’s what they are and why they are a concern?
    Thanks!

  22. Larry September 12, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    Loved your video – perfectly done and so very informative. THANK YOU. I have only one concern, if I may. Is that with the “corn” tortilla. Corn is now GMO, unless organic, so it may not be good to consume any non-organic corn products (or soy). Thanks.

    • Emilie December 30, 2013 at 8:13 pm

      She says she’s using sprouted corn tortillas, so I’m pretty sure they are organic and sprouted, which is great for you.

  23. Jessica September 12, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    This gives me hope for when I have children! I have already talked to friends about eating healthier & feeding your kids a wider variety of food than chicken nuggets and Mac & Cheese. Most of the times I get eyes rolled at me and crazed moms saying “Yeah right, kids won’t eat that way, you’ll understand one day.” My theory is that kids won’t let themselves starve, so if healthy is all they’re offered, they will, maybe eventually, eat it! Is your son just used to eating this way or have you ever had issues?

    • Amie September 12, 2013 at 2:33 pm

      I fed my first VERY healthy with the same attitude. I started to slide as he got more picky. I wish I would have stuck with healthy eating because now he is 7 and all he will eat is sugar and white stuff. I’ve started getting the bad foods out of the house and less available (I told him pizza pockets or eggos would never be in our freezer again) and I have noticed him making better choices. SO—I think if it is unavailable, they won’t eat it. If you allow the junk and have it in the house, they will choose it over healthy foods regardless.

    • Genevieve September 13, 2013 at 3:45 pm

      Sometimes we’ll have issues. We went out to eat last night and he just wanted bread and plain pasta?!?! BUT, we got him to have shrimp and some of our other food. When it does happen, I don’t stress about it. I just keep making really healthy meals at home and offering when he’s hungry. He’s normally game! For example, this morning, he had a small fruit smoothie, 1/4 piece of toast with butter and 2 organic chicken sausages. So, it comes back around. Kids FEEL better on REAL food. I also try to keep going out to eat or around other junk food junkies to a minimum.

  24. Krystal September 12, 2013 at 11:38 am

    My 17 month old loves french toast made with the Cinnamon Raisin Ezekiel toast, organic eggs and coconut milk & Sweet potato hash with an organic egg cooked in it. That’s as adventurous as we’ve gotten away from the egg and veggie omelet with avocado and sprouted grain tortilla which we have basically every other morning! Great ideas, have been wanting to try overnight soaked oatmeal. I like the yummy ideas of what to add.

    • Genevieve September 13, 2013 at 3:42 pm

      YUM, Krystal! Those sound delish!

  25. Kimber September 12, 2013 at 11:32 am

    Thanks so much for the inspiration for my 14 month old! I am curious what brand of sprouted bread to you use? I currently make my own sourdough spelt english muffins for the bread in our house, but they are a bit too chewy for my little guy until he’s a bit older (I just tried out grains with him for the first time a few weeks ago)! Thanks!

    • Genevieve September 13, 2013 at 3:42 pm

      I use Ezekiel, Manna or sour dough rye that is sold in freezer case. It’s super pure with no yeast or junk added. Oh, and those corn tortillas are Sprouted, organic Food For Life brand.

  26. stephanie September 12, 2013 at 11:24 am

    thanks for that!! we also love sprouted bread, and lara bars my middle one loves on the go… they also love mama’s blackened salmon and quinoa… but you gave me quite a few ideas to try next week! I also have the you must try everything on your plate rule (one bite, hmm, perhaps two is better) and I also find when they are starving. asking for food, is the best time to throw new dinners at them… are you hungry? here are some raw veggies and hummus!! baby tomatoes and pistachios I always have on the counter, so if they are hungry they can always help them themselves to those.. they love to crack open the pistachios

    • Genevieve September 13, 2013 at 3:40 pm

      That is such a great point! The hungrier they are, the less picky :) Griff loves pistachios too!

  27. Diana September 12, 2013 at 11:10 am

    For all the moms serving their toddlers regular food, how do you monitor the sodium intake? My son is 13 months and I am not sure about giving him cheese, etc due to the high sodium naturally found in cheese and also when we go to a restaurant that’s always a concern. When can you stop worrying about sodium being damaging to a toddler?

    • Genevieve September 13, 2013 at 3:39 pm

      I don’t worry too much about sodium since I don’t give Griffin packaged/processed foods or canned soups, etc. I do believe some high quality sea salt is actually beneficial in moderate amounts.

  28. Anne September 12, 2013 at 10:22 am

    I’ve got a 1-year-old, and since about 10 months I’ve been moving toward serving him basically the same foods we eat – which has made me realize how reliant we are on things he’s not quite ready for (raw veggies and nuts in particular)! But my partner and I both work full-time, and we just don’t have time to make separate meals for the kid – so in addition to all the benefits of exposing him to a range of grown-up ingredients (vs. the monotony of “kiddie foods”), this is really a necessity around here. Our kid loves curries, bean stews, roasted tofu with smoked paprika and rosemary, beet and white bean hummus (recipe from weelicious), and yogurt (which is good because so far he refuses to drink milk out of a cup and therefore doesn’t drink any at all while at day care). I’ve used his yogurt addiction to introduce him to a range of spices – from curry powder to five-spice powder to nutmeg. We took him out for Ethiopian food last weekend, and with the exception of one particularly spicy dish he LOVED it. I think we’re blessed with a great eater (at least so far), but I really am impressed at how many flavors and ingredients he’s tried out. The trick is going to be to keep this up as he gets older and more discerning, and with very limited time to plan and prepare meals. I wish I could pull off breakfasts as beautiful as the ones shown here, but I’m afraid mornings are all about the Cheerios and bananas these days – there’s just too much to do.

  29. Homemaker September 12, 2013 at 5:56 am

    Great video. What about his drinks? Do you give him raw milk?

    • Genevieve September 13, 2013 at 3:33 pm

      He gets homemade lemonade, tart cherry juice diluted, milk steamers (raw milk with honey steamed), kefir and of course, mostly water :)

      • Madalina February 7, 2014 at 12:58 pm

        Genevieve, I’ve been wondering how much of the tart cherry juice your son drinks every day? I looked at the bottle on amazon and it says it’s concentrated. Just wondering how far one of those bottles goes. I’m in Canada and finding it for about $30.

  30. Jennifer September 12, 2013 at 12:34 am

    That’s a TON of variety. Since it takes me 2 hours just to cook normal, plain food, I don’t thing I’m going to venture into lox just yet.

  31. Shayna September 11, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    Right now my 1 year old’s fav’s are: tofu stir fry(tofu,lemon grass,bamboo shoots,basmati rice made with vegetable stock,thai kitchen curry paste,coconut milk and mushrooms), toast with tahini, watermelon, steamed veggies with garlic, pan fried peppers in coconut oil. I enrich his plain foods like baby shell pasta with edamame with nutritional yeast. His avocado/banana/rice milk/kale smoothies have hemp hearts in them usually. Oatmeal with chia seeds.

    Sometimes it is difficult to get him to eat his meals so I do the same thing as you and try to get him to have a couple of bites before I offer him something else.

    Thank you for the inspiration you have given me quite a few new ideas!
    I always enjoy your videos.

  32. Cait September 11, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    Thanks so much for doing this! I love seeing what other (likeminded) people eat and give their kids and it gives encouragement and good ideas. Sometimes I feel in such a rut with feeding my toddler because I’m no longer making (much) separate ‘baby’ food for her but she’s not yet eating absolutely everything we are. I just introduced grains (19 months – when her molars showed up) and she is LOVING it! I try to keep it to one small serving a day for now though. I try to give her an egg every day and her very favorite food is homemade raw yogurt. She has always loved it plain and could live on yogurt :)
    But the sides and dinner I get stuck on. Or do too much fruit :S I’m learning!

    • Genevieve September 13, 2013 at 3:29 pm

      Cait, sounds like you’re doing GREAT!

  33. SunshineMom September 11, 2013 at 11:19 am

    I’m so glad you did this video!!! As I was walking home from our regular “nap-walk” I was so worried thinking that I’m not doing a great job with my son’s meals… I saw your video and gave me such s relief and encouragement to keep on doing what I’m doing. In our home we do the same as far as all the meals Alek eats what we eat and that is so great. I know he could live out of brown rice and brown rice pasta though I try my hardest to combine those two with his meals like you do :). One thing I do for him is a rice cake with org. eggs, cheese,mushrooms and brown rice and he loves it and it so easy to make. Anyways thank you for this video you really made my day… I got to go and make some lunch ;)

  34. Megan Williams September 10, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    Love these ideas? How do you make your soaked oatmeal? Thanks!

    • Genevieve September 13, 2013 at 3:20 pm

      Just put a teaspoon or so into 2 cups of oats. Let soak overnight. Then drain and cook in morning.

      • Jo October 11, 2013 at 12:44 pm

        A tsp of what? Whatever it is, is that enough liquid for 2 cups of oats? I’ve never soaked oatmeal before, but my girls eat Oatmeal often.

        • Genevieve October 11, 2013 at 4:11 pm

          A tsp of apple cider vinegar: http://amzn.to/14bIqP6

          That, along with enough lukewarm water to cover your oats. Let sit overnight and you’re good to go :)

  35. Sara September 10, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    My hat goes off to you for incorporating so much variety! I actually serve my twin boys the exact same breakfast every single day – soaked oatmeal with coconut oil, maple syrup, sea salt, and 1/2 a banana. On weekends sometimes I make sprouted flour pancakes for a treat instead. Lunches are also pretty uniform – cut up veggies, real pickles, cheese, maybe a soft-boiled egg or yoghurt, homemade bread, etc. Dinner is the variety because they eat whatever we eat. I find that with toddlers, some consistency in their meals really helps – at least it helps me! ;) And we get to experiment more with dinnertime.

    • Genevieve September 13, 2013 at 3:17 pm

      Those are beautiful meals, mama! Sounds like it works for you and family, which is most important :)

  36. Lauren September 10, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    So glad to hear another mom who does one snack a day. This has worked really well for us too, but it definitely isn’t the norm. One woman gave me such a hard time for not giving my toddler a snack between breakfast and lunch! (We eat an early lunch.) It was like she thought I was starving him!

    • Genevieve September 13, 2013 at 3:15 pm

      I hear you… it isn’t the norm but results in such better meals in terms of quality and quantity.

  37. Lauren Crabtree September 10, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    I just love your blog. I SO needed some inspiration for my toddler. just bought some sprouted tortillas I’m excited about. My 23 month old is getting in a rut, and I need all the help I can get! Thanks for being so open about your faith and honest about the struggles of being pregnant (I’m due in 3 weeks!). Keep it up!

  38. Katie L September 10, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    Oh and what sprouted cereal do you use? Ezekiel is the only one I know of.

    • Genevieve September 10, 2013 at 2:22 pm

      That’s the one I use. I know it has sprouted soy but he has only about once a week and it’s much better than any other packaged cereal out there.

  39. Katie L September 10, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    This is great, thanks! My little one is almost 2 1/2 and I especially need some bfast inspiration. We usually have eggs and she normally will only eat a few bites. It’s nice to know other toddlers prefer sweet/grains for bfast!

    Oh and we have those sprouted corn tortillas all the time too! My daughter loves them w/ melted cheese.

    • Genevieve September 10, 2013 at 2:23 pm

      I ate sprouted corn tortillas with cheese for lunch :) YUM!

  40. Ashlee @ The Crunchy Moose September 10, 2013 at 9:42 am

    My son just turned 1. So we’ll be attacking toddler food soon. Thanks for an awesome list & tips! ~ Ashlee @ thecrunchymoose.blogspot.com

    • Genevieve September 10, 2013 at 2:22 pm

      My pleasure Ashlee! Incorporating food is fun :)

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