Okay, Mamas and Papas, I want to know, what do your little ones eat?
Today Hendrix had vegetarian quinoa stuffed peppers for dinner and baked sweet potato, black beans, and couscous for lunch. Snack was an apple and breakfast was mango and cereal.
On any given day what do your kid's eat?
In our house we try to offer our babes as much variety as possible. Henry will eat just about anything (except meat, we haven't gone there yet) and of course, junk food (duh).
His favs include
Corn on the cob
Peanut Butter. Lots and lots of peanut butter.
Whole Food's garden veggie lasagna (this is damn good)
Chipotle lime tortilla crusted talapia
Scrambled eggs smothered in salsa and guacamole
Thai inspired rice stir fry with broccoli, baby corn, and peas...he actually liked this so much he kissed the broccoli. no joke.
Grillos pickles and Grillos pickled carrots
Bagels with veggie cream cheese
Veggie chix nuggets with dipping sauces like chipotle mayo and blue cheese
THESE delish broccoli cheese nuggets
THIS Mango pouch
and his favorite...PIZZA. Pretty much any kind of pizza with veggies he will eat.
For the most part we just give him whatever we are having. Spicy food do not bother him, in fact, its usually the opposite. He does have some issues with texture so, for some meals I have to feed it to him or put it on his fork/spoon for him since he hates touching most foods.
Bland foods such as plain pasta, plain eggs, basically anything plain
He doesn't love pear or hummus but sometimes will eat both.
This may sounds dorky but one of my fav things about being a Mama is cooking and feeding Hendrix healthy and tasty meals. I love that he is adventurous. I truly believe you can create a "picky" eater by only giving them the American stand kids food.
We do however, have a picky eater in our house. My step son is pretty picky although he is starting to get a bit more adventurous and I think that may come with his age (he is 9). He eats completely opposite Henry but we try not to push new foods on him, only offer. We have a rule that he does have to try new stuff ( a bite or 2) but if he doesn't like it, he doesn't have to eat it. End of story. Its not worth fighting over.
Oddly enough, when C was younger he would eat a LOT more. He ate fish, sushi, burritos, ect. ect. that he now will not touch. Anyone ever have a child get picker as he got older? Again, we don't push the issue but I do love it when he discovers something new and yummy to eat.
A little tip for those of you with picky eaters: When C was younger we had him make a list of foods he would be willing to eat and if the meal is on that list then he does have to eat it. We gave the list categories such as breakfast, lunch, dinner, fruit, veggies, and snacks and each list had a minimum of items on it. For example, the fruit list had to have 5 different fruits and the dinner had to have 15. He picked everything on the list with no help from us. This made life a lot easier. Its hard to explain to really young children that "I don't like" and I don't feel like" are two different things. This helped put to rest evening squabbles where he was more in the mood for mac n cheese versus a hot dog when hot dogs were already on the table, ya know? We no longer use this technique but it worked great for everyone when he was a tiny guy.
I also can NOT wait to pack Henry's lunches for school (when he someday goes). I used to have a ball packing C's lunches when he was with us. I would scour the internet for fun new lunch box foods. A fav is the vegan lunchbox. We used to have little bento boxes for C and Michael and I would get really creative with his lunches. Now, he is older and usually prefers to buy his lunch.
I would love to hear what you feed or don't feed your babes. Send recipes and suggestions my way!
Someone needs to do a link up for toddler/baby food recipes, no?
**UPDATE: C has decided he wants us to start packing his lunch again. saweeeet**