Right now Liv is smack between 17 and 18 months. While most things have gotten easier, she still is a pretty picky eater. Like I said in another post Munchkin Meals post, I don’t stress about it. I know she’s happy and healthy and she truly just eats when she’s hungry.
Right now not much has changed in her food, but I’m still sticking to my guns. If she doesn’t eat what’s on her plate then meal times over. she doesn’t get to request other meals.
Honestly though, the only time it really affects her is dinner time. Breakfast she eats like a champ and the rest of the day varies.
Breakfast is usually an almond butter banana muffin (one or two), a piece of Ezekiel toast and some type of fruit. Occasionally it will be an egg and bacon while she also eats.
Lunch is most always a snack plate. It just works for us. I try and always give her a variety of foods. Liv will usually at least taste everything. Her favorite thing on her snack plate is always pumpkin seeds. She’s obsessed with them. Some other things I include: whole grain pretzels, carrots, egg, turkey, pita chips, snap pea crisps, blueberries and apple. Sometimes I’ll also try making a quesadilla but I swear she only likes them when Danny makes them. I include about 3-4 things on her snack tray.
We also sometimes do yogurt (full fat) with chia/hemp/flax and some nut butter mixed in.
Once a day liv will have a snack. If we are out then she’ll still eat a Plum organics pouch (which is great for veggie intake). Other snacks include larabars, pretzels and fruit leathers.
(this snack was a Larabar)
Dinner is just what we are eating. (You can check out this post to see what we eat.) Some nights she will only take a bite or two and some nights we feel like we don’t have enough food. If she doesn’t eat dinner, sometimes she’ll seem hungry an hour later and she’ll eat leftovers, which is great. Sometimes she just won’t eat and will be completely fine. She gets two cups of milk (around 4-5 ounces). One in the morning and one around dinner time. If she’s not interested in her food them she just relies on her milk.
I know I need to just keep offering her variety. I truly believe that she’ll just be a better eater as she sees Danny and I eating good stuff as she grows up. For now she’s not a huge fan of veggies or meat, but she’ll try both (and usually spit it out).
Some things I’ll be trying soon:
- I want to try beans again. We don’t eat beans that often but I have to get some to add to her snack plate occasionally.
- These broccoli cheddar quinoa bites
- Making savory muffins
- Smoothies! I can’t wait to get back into smoothies. For long LONGEST time I had an aversion to them and I couldn’t even think about making one. I think I’m finally over it. Great way to get in some greens.
Thanks to Brittany for doing this link up. I love reading and seeing what other babies and toddlers are up to! If you have a picky eater, hang in there. The less you stress, the more they’ll eat!
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