Sometimes feeding a toddler can be a little bit tricky. One day she loves one thing, the next day she's batting my hand away as I hand it to her.... sassy little bug. I'm always trying to read up on the benefits of this or that, and then of course I have to factor in cost and availability. But all in all, my focus for her is always finding foods that are: low in sugar, high in good fats, least amount of processing as possible, high in protein, and whole grains.When it comes to what I put into my own body, I like to go for low sugar, low fat, high fiber, high protein, whole foods. So we're basically on the same plan... I just make sure I add more fats into her diet. Not only is nutrition a major factor in my everyday eating habits, but it also needs to be something I can put together in a timely fashion. So anyways... here are some of our go to meals and snacks...1. Annie's mac + cheese and Annie's ravioli's (quick, organic, none of the crazy hard-to-pronounce yucky stuff)2.grapes & blueberries (I'm not super particular about buying organic unless it's on sale, but I always wash produce with produce wash thoroughly. Cut in half, these are a great in car snack for my little lady.)3. Justin's maple almond butter smeared on a banana (I can't take credit for this one because my girlfriend Sarah told me she eats this for breakfast. I tried it this morning and it was SO yummy and kept me full until lunch.)
4. Kashi cereal and fruit bars (I bring these with us when we are out and about to give to Daphne for lunch sometimes. I was buying those fruit sammy jammies since Daphne is allergic to peanuts, and quickly realized all they were were smaller cereal bars with a larger price tag)
5. Yogurt is great for protein and calcium, but in all of the kid-focused yogurts comes a lofty pile of sugar as well. So I like to buy 2% fat plain greek yogurt and make my own fruit purees to mix in to sweeten them up. Once that's made, I spoon the mixture into a sandwich bag, snip the tip off one side, and make little yogurt dots on a wax paper covered baking sheet, then freeze them. Daphne eats these for breakfast almost every morning.
6. cheese + crackers (Colby/jack cheese squares with organic wheat crackers. This is usually her afternoon snack when she wakes up from her nap and it holds her over until dinner.)
7. Coconut milk (Daphne drinks full fat coconut milk. She drinks three 5oz bottles a day. Throughout the day she usually just drinks water, sometimes with a splash of apple juice, and in the mornings, we both drink a glass of green juice.)
8. Apple + carrot sauce (I was spending what seemed like a small fortune on those little fruit pouches. Daphne loved them, and I loved that she could manipulate them so well. I was determined though to find a way to give her homemade purees (way cheaper). So I found this genius little device... the Beaba Babypote...available HERE. So I bought a giant jar of all natural apple sauce for like a buck fifty, and a bag of frozen carrots (.97), and made a huge batch of apple carrot sauce with a dash of cinnamon and pure organic maple syrup. This, along with the yogurt mentioned previously, go right in this reusable little pouch and she sucks it right out!
9. Wasa multi-grain crisp bread + hummus (This is more for the mommas, but in all honesty, my girl loves hummus. So I usually will break her off a piece of crisp bread and she dips and dips until her heart's content, licking spoonfuls of hummus of her cracker. When I eat it, I usually spread the crisp bread with hummus and then top with avocado, cucumber, or tomatoes. I like the crisp bread because there are only 7 carbs per sheet.)
Anyways...I hope this gives everyone some new ideas! What do you all love to eat? I'