I know what they should be eating, but what they are actually eating is a mystery to me! Bear's diet these days seems like:
1 Cup Dirt
8 Cups juice/water/milk
1/2 Cup lint
1 Pound of Goldfish/Cheerios mix
I know this is clearly NOT true, he's healthy and growing! This is the recommended diet for a "toddler" keep in mind every kid is different and younger toddlers just learning to walk and run probably wont sit long enough to wolf down this food.
16 Ounces of Whole Milk (or equivalent)
3/4 Cup Veggies
1 Cup Fruit (only 4 ounces of 100% juice/day)
1 1/2 Ounces Meat/Beans
2 Ounces of Grain
1-2 Tablespoons Fat/Oil
Gerber sent me this nifty thing with a few coupons on their (overly expensive IMO) products for toddlers and some meal plans. I've revised them and included them below. Many of these can be cooked in bulk ahead of time or as meals for the whole family. This is the goal - Bear will eat only about half of each meal, the rest ends up on the floor, in the pants, hoarded in the cheeks, etc.
1/2 Cup whole milk (mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm kjyhhjumjj-Bear)
1/4 of a banana sliced - you can eat the rest =]
1/4 cup Cream of Wheat with milk and a teaspoon of maple syrup
Juice Box - i like clifford
1/4 Cup diced cold cooked carrots (leftovers work nice)
1 tbs ranch
hand full of goldfish
Small yogurt with 3 chopped up strawberries
Mac n Cheese with hotdogs - I make this in a big dish for everyone and we snack on it all week for lunches.
1/4 cup sweet potato chips - i make these by slicing sweet potatoes this, very lightly coat in olive oil and bake until crunchy. If you dont want to make yourself Bear loves veggie straws.
1 small Pear
8oz whole milk
1 cup pasta pinwheels - cook pasta in 1/2 low sodium chicken broth 1/2 water. drain and add chopped cooked chicken and peas. Red sauce or alfredo optional.
Other fun snacks:
cheddar rice cakes
spoon of peanut-butter
Bear will eat all this stuff he's not picky. He prefers Greek yogurt from regular and LOVES peas - see pic below!
Any suggestions or meals you'd like to share??