As time flies these days healthy eating can sometimes become more of a challenge. I wish I could meal plan perfectly…but my awesome plans don’t always go to plan. I still, till this day do not understand how some mom’s are able to eat dinner with their spouse AND toddler…I can’t seem to balance the time of making food then giving myself enough time to eat while my little lady is calm enough to join us. I’m sure I’ll get there some day, but right now I just get to enjoy two meal times! Trying to always look at the positive here.
A normal eating day for my 16 month old baby girl looks like this:
8:30-9:00 am : I am getting breakfast situated and ready for her. I like to give her a few finger food options to choose from before I give her yogurt. This girl can eat yogurt ALL day EVERY day, as soon as she see’s it we were donesville. I try to provide well balanced meals, usually some shredded cheese, with protein (she loves turkey), fruit (loves pears), veggie (she loved veggies a lot more when she was younger…I’m trying to get her back to her old ways), toast or cheerios and of course her yogurt! Just like with pacifiers this little angel has no interest in sippy cups…so I try to help her drink some water from a glass at the end of meals.
Now I must admit- I provide her with a few options and a good amount of food…but she has never eaten it all. She has always had a smaller tummy and prefers to eat smaller meals/snacks more frequently. I am not sure if this has to do with her preemieness or it could just be how special Emma is! I did research and they say munckins should be eating anywhere between 2tbsp-4tbsp a meal, and she usually is more on the 2-3tbsp.
10:30-11:00 am: Emma has some kind of small snack. A few crackers, some of my breakfast, puffs, cuties etc. She also drinks 8 oz of formula before her nap.
12:30-1:30 pm: Lunch always seems to be her smallest meal of the day. But I try anyways to give her lots of options. I like to have more fruit and veggies during this meal, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, peas, pineapple, pears, quinoa, rice, grapes etc.
3:30-4:00 pm: Drinks 8 oz of formula before her afternoon nap and some kind of small snack.
6:00-7:00 pm: Dinner time! I love letting her try different pastas and sauces. We’ve tried red sauce, Alfredo basil pesto, and butternut squash tortellini, butter and parmesan cheese etc. Always include a delicious fruit and veggie in there some how! Protein and dairy also get included with cheese, yogurt, chicken, tuna etc.
8:00 pm: 8 oz formula before bed time.
Emma still gets up at night to drink some formula. Due to her Cystic Fibrosis and preemieness, I have not taken this drink away. I do believe that it has helped her continue to keep her weight up. I have tried to give her water and a paci instead and that did not work. So instead of fighting this I thank God that she is healthy and at a great weight.
While Emma slept today I started searching Pinterest for some simple toddler meal ideas. I found so many gems I thought I would share a few. I am a very visual person, so a lot of these are picture ideas with a few recipes mixed in between.
I really liked these ideas because it showed me how to pack some lunches if we are ever out during lunch time!
Some of these meals looked perfect even for me!
This site just has some adorable crafty foods…I would never have the ability to make any of these but I thought they were too cute not to share!
I like seeing the quantities, this site has fruits, veggies, protein etc!
These wraps look delicious! Great ideas for at home and on the go with a toddler!
I love the flower plate this mom uses, a small quantity and lots of options!
I can’t wait to try these yogurt drops! Yummy for everyone in the family!
This mom inspires me to really go the extra mile and really try all different kinds of foods!
I would love to see your feeding schedule and any toddler favorites you recommend in the comments below! Always looking for new ideas to spice up Emma’s menu.