Brittany at A Healthy Slice of Life started a new tradition of documenting what our kids eat in a day. I’m a little skeptical to do this because I have a VERY picky 2-year-old. He’s boring and absolutely REFUSES to eat fruits and veggies. Also, his meals don’t tend to look super appetizing. He’s messy. I wish I could say that I am the perfect mother and both my children eat Brussel sprouts and lima beans everyday. To be honest it is a struggle to get them to eat at all. I am pretty sensitive about the subject because I often feel judged as though my child’s refusal to eat veggies is a reflection on my parenting. If they will take a bite and just TRY something new, I call that a victory! I wrote about my philosophy with kids and eating HERE.
I decided to be honest and post this anyway and maybe someone will tell me I’m not the only one with picky eaters.
Usually Cascadian Farms Multi-Grain Squares with almond milk for The Big One and whole milk for The Little One. They were both offered a banana. The Little One ate his, The Big One did not.
This varies. The favorites are PB&J (made on Ezekiel bread with natural PB and low sugar organic jelly), turkey hot dogs, black beans with apple sauce, and whole wheat pasta with red sauce. Today was a turkey hot dog with apple sauce for The Big One and leftover homemade mac & cheese with peas for The Little One.
He ate about 3 bites of this before signing “all done.”
I make one thing for dinner for the whole family and adapt it as best I can for the kids. Tonight I made Mexican food. Brown rice, black beans, fajita veggies, and Ezekiel tortillas. We were all allowed to eat it however we liked. The Big One had a quesadilla and The Little One had a bowl of rice and beans.
For snacks the kids usually eat dry cereal, muffins, yogurt, apple sauce or bananas. I do my best to keep them away from unhealthy foods but I never force them to eat anything!