So, I am by no means an expert on feeding toddlers, and getting them to eat. I've had enough failed attempts at feeding my own babies. I've always been passionate about what goes into the bellies' of my children. Now, I'm not a gluten-free, dairy-free type of mom. But I want to make sure my babies are well fed and get a good nutritional value daily. Unfortunately, they do have allergies to lots of different foods, so I am quite limited. Here are some of the meals I prepare for my toddlers and hope you give them a try!
Breakfast: The boys' favorite meal of the day. It's the meal when I get them to eat the most, and they sometimes even asks for seconds, so I do my best to take advantage of that while being mindful of what I am putting on their plate. I usually give them the same few things for breakfast every morning with a little twist so that I am giving them at least a little variety. I'll change up the fruit, or do applesauce instead of yogurt...pretty simple. The boys have allergies to many different foods, so I have to get creative. The main foods they are allergic to are eggs, bananas, melons, peanut allergies, and a tiny reaction to dairy, so options are limited.
Lunch: By lunch, the boys are either starting to get cranky because it's getting close to nap time, or they are to busy playing or watching Daniel Tiger. So getting them to finish what's on their plates is highly unlikely. They love fresh fruit, so I always put some kind of fruit on their plate. I'm all about quickness when it comes to lunchtime as you can see from the frozen foods and grilled cheese. No shame!
Dinner: It's always a hit or miss at dinner time. Either they're starving, or want nothing to do with what's on their plate. The majority of the time, they eat what we eat. If not, they have some variation of what we are having. For example, if it's our taco night, I go ahead and make the boys a quesadilla with the cheese, and ground beef to make it easier for them to eat. They don't quite get the concept of how of eating tacos, so a quesadilla is what works for now. I try to make sure that they get a well-balanced meal with a high nutritional value. It's important to me that they visually see the appropriate amount of food to eat as well as a variety of meats, fruits, and veggies. Even if they don't eat and throw it all on the floor, at least I know I tried, and with consistency they end up taking a bite of something they usually wouldn't have. If you're having trouble getting your little ones to eat, keep trying new things and offer their nutritional favorites often, that has seemed to help me a lot with getting them to eat more of their food. It takes patience and thick skin when it comes to feeding these little ones. Patience because it takes time for them to build up to eat certain foods, and thick skin because quite frankly, their not going to eat everything you cook, no matter how much time you spend on it. But, you got this.
Table linked below!