Monday, October 22, 2012

Two-year old Favorites {Food Edition}

There are vegetables on that pizza!
Leila is the typical toddler when it comes to eating habits.  One day she LOVES a food and the next she won't even try it.  She wants to do everything by herself, including cutting her food into pieces.  And she hates vegetables, but is still willing to try them.  By try them, I mean touch them to her tongue and spit it out.  

Typically she eats six times a day. She eats a lot of snack-like meals throughout the day instead of three big meals.  Once in a while she will skip a snack and that's when I notice she eats a bigger meal.

  1. Wake-up snack: She still loves our green smoothie with a daily dose of fruits and veggies.
  2. Breakfast snack
  3. Mid-morning snack
  4. Lunch
  5. After-nap snack
  6. Family dinner: She is offered the dinner that I make for me and Jeff with a few modifications if necessary.

Lately Leila's been calling everything "spicy" before she even tries it.  She's working the system here.  A cheeseburger is not too spicy, and broccoli, well, we know it's not spicy at all.  She has realized that if it's spicy she doesn't have to try/eat it.

There are some things we eat that are too spicy for her, so when she asks for some, we tell her that it's too spicy and that she doesn't want it. (When she insists on trying the spicy food, she spits it out than wipes her tongue repeatedly with her hand.)  Looks like we are going to have to change our wording!

So what does Leila's typical toddler menu consist of?  What are this toddler's favorite foods?  I am not proud of this menu.  Don't share it, pin it, or even try to feed it to your child.  I can only hope that like me, she too will come to her senses and expand her menu as she grows up.  (I was the pickiest eater EVER. Some would say that I still am pretty picky.)

Leila loves to eat:

  • cheese
  • frozen waffles
  • fruit- her favorites vary by what we we have in the house
  • applesauce
  • crackers
  • quesadillas (plain cheese, with beans, chicken, or ground turkey)
  • pretzels
  • granola bars
  • raisins
  • Greek yogurt
  • beans
  • mac and cheese
  • grilled cheese (sometimes she'll eat it with ham)
  • Peanut butter and honey sandwiches (if I use the star cookie cutter)
  • avocado
  • mixed cereal trail mix with yogurt covered raisins
  • pasta with tomato sauce (if she can remember that she likes it)
  • olives
  • pizza

Pretty boring, huh?  Like I mentioned, she does eat whatever I make for dinner, but it would never make her "favorites" list.  Leila is good about trying something new or taking another bite of something to get more of what she wants.  It's a work in progress.  

I seen so many lists like these with much better ideas on them.  I've had great intentions to make these creative toddler meals I've seen online, but buying all the ingredients can get pricey just to find out she won't even try it!  Any suggestions on how to expand this toddler's menu without breaking the bank or having a lot of waste?

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