We like to think that Miss H is a pretty good eater for a 19 month old – both in what she eats and how much she eats. She still can be skeptical of new foods, but she definitely chooses fresh fruits and veggies over anything else. This is a great relief to me because I was such a picky eater as a kid! I read somewhere that you shouldn’t limit what your LO eats if they keep on requesting more of a healthy food. So if Miss H wants more peas when she’s finished her dinner, she gets them!
I thought it would be fun to share a day of Miss H’s meals from a typical Saturday at home.
Breakfast - 8:00am
Miss H had fresh strawberries, fresh blueberries, 1 slice of whole wheat French toast (no syrup – she’s not a fan!), and a big scoop of full fat plain Greek yogurt. Miss H didn’t leave anything behind on the plate! (Note: we spoon feed the yogurt – otherwise she puts it in her hair.)
Morning Snack – 10:30am
Miss H had a full piece of string cheese, shredded into small pieces for her so as not to be a choking hazard. Miss H usually has all of the string cheese, possibly sharing a few bites with me.
Lunch – 12:00pm
Miss H had a cheddar, broccoli and chicken quesadilla on a whole wheat tortilla (we use 1 tortilla cut in half), and fresh strawberries and mango. She loves her “dillas”! And as usual, she ate everything on the plate.
Afternoon Snack – 3:30pm
Miss H had a big bowl of red grapes, sliced into quarters. Miss H finished these quickly; they’re a favorite of hers.
Dinner – 6:00pm
Miss H had an egg scramble with peas and broccoli and fresh blueberries. Miss H had no problem cleaning her plate at this meal either. Sense a pattern with our little eater?!
Milk and Water
And of course Miss H has plenty of whole milk and water throughout the day. On a “good” day she’ll have about 15-16 ounces of milk, but many days she wants nothing to do with milk and will only have about 10 ounces. When that happens, we make sure she has a little extra yogurt and cheese. We keep her straw cup of water out for her throughout the day – some days she guzzles water and others we have to encourage her to drink more.
Making food for Miss H is fun and I love seeing all of the colorful fruits and veggies on her plate! I still often wonder if we’re not making enough “meals” for her, but she is such a happy camper with simple and healthy foods – steamed broccoli, pan fried zucchini, cooked peas, fresh fruit – that I don’t want to rock the boat at this moment in time. I say, let her eat broccoli – as much as she wants!
What trends have you noticed about your LO’s eating habits?