It’s so easy to get stuck in a rut when it comes to toddler meals. See what my toddler eats in a week to find out how I try to mix things up.
A lot of people routinely ask me about the best food to feed a toddler. Although it’s something I work hard on, believe me, I also know how easy it is to get stuck in a food rut with kids. Mealtime with my toddler is something I am constantly thinking about. It seems like it’s always a work in progress.
But all this thinking has resulted in lots of new ideas for my toddler. So 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!
Here’s what my toddler eats in a week
The meals featured in this video include…
It’s so easy to toss some pancakes or oatmeal on a plate and call it a day, but active toddlers need a well-balanced meal to start their day off on the right foot. Here are some recent favorites:
- 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
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Interestingly, I find that serving a wholesome lunch helps my toddler sleep more soundly during nap time! Here are some ideas to fill that belly, so mama can get a little more time:
- 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
I find that dinner is the easiest meal, since we can often adapt what we’re eating to suit my toddler. Here are some meals that Griffin loves:
- 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
You never know when hunger will strike, so keeping these items on hand helps me in a pinch:
- Raw nuts and seeds
- Fresh fruit
- String cheese
- Cherry tomatoes
- Fruit strips
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.
What do YOU feed your toddler?
Share it in the comments so we can learn from each other!