Disclaimer: this post is in no way meant to be interpreted as me telling you what or how to feed your child – that decision is between you & your pediatrician! This is just how we choose to eat in our house and by writing this post I just hope to give some easy, healthy ideas for other mamas + papas out there ❤️
Sophie is 14 months old and loves food. Before she turned one, when she started refusing to be fed by anyone but herself, I was kind of concerned cause she got SO picky! I loved her independence but worried she would only eat bread and fruit for the rest of her life – haha. But she’s gotten a lot better since then and even though she still has her own set of likes and dislikes, she eats well and I’m grateful for that. (Eggs are still a struggle though. Working on that 😉 ) I try to give her as balanced of a diet as possible, filled with different colors and textures. We are always trying new things & re-trying foods she’s denied in the past. In terms of “treats,” like cookies or ice cream or whatever, those make a very rare appearance in her diet.
Sophie always starts out her morning with milk – we use Organic Valley’s pasture-raised whole milk. If you have been following along for awhile, you know OV is our faaaave! As soon as she’s done with her milk, Sophie is ready for real food. She wakes up sooo hungry! I usually cut up a banana or some strawberries for her to eat while she waits for me to make whatever else she’ll be eating, which is usually some almond or peanut butter spread onto a piece of whole-grain bread or a Simple Mills pancake. Sophie always has a few bites of whatever I’m eating, too, like oatmeal or avocado toast, because she can’t stand when I eat without her 🙂 Sophie also really loves smoothies, so whenever I make a smoothie for myself, I pour some into one of her smoothie cups (we LOVE these and they’re only $4!!) for her to have, too.
Lunch is usually some combination of whatever veggies we have on hand (like roasted sweet potatoes, steamed peas, corn, cauliflower, broccoli…), crackers + hummus (more on our favorite brands below!), and sliced apples or a banana if she hasn’t already had a banana that day. Frequently I’ll cut up one of Hilary’s Veggie Burgers (around here, you can find them in the freezer section at Whole Foods or Wegman’s) and add that to her lunch, too. We LOVE Hilary’s burgers!
Dinner now is always what we’re eating, unless it’s super spicy. We’ll usually supplement her meal with more baby-friendly vegetables, like the ones mentioned above.
Since she doesn’t let us feed her, all of her meals are very hands-on 🙂 It can get a little messy, but I don’t mind! She’s quite good at feeding herself, and with just six teeth, is a very impressive chewer. She’ll start to throw her food off the high chair when she’s finished eating, so as soon as that starts, she’s done.
Sophie ends her night with a bottle of milk. She gets around 16 oz of milk a day (broken up into about 3-4 bottles), which is just what is working best for us right now! Don’t let our number dictate how much you give your child – it’s just for a point of reference 🙂
SNACKS (and meal supplements)
When it comes to store-bought, packaged snacks, I typically look at organic options that are lower in sugar, higher in protein and fiber, and made with real-food ingredients.
- Cereal: it’s not an every day staple, but a good snack that I always keep in my diaper bag – especially on Sundays for church! I rotate cereals because Sophie gets bored with the same one over and over, and right now we are loving Love Grown’s line of cereals – they’re gluten-free & bean-based, isn’t that cool?! The polar puffs seriously taste like Trix, except they’re muuuch better for you 🙂 We also love the Kashi brand, Whole Foods’ organic store brand, and plain, organic puffed kamut for cereals.
- Crackers: Sophie eats a graham cracker every. single. day. She calls them “caca” and they’re definitely one of her favorite foods 😉 I always buy Annie’s organic graham crackers – the ingredient list is on point! We also love Simple Mills almond flour crackers and Lundberg thin stackers brown rice cakes. I use these as vehicles for hummus, mashed avocado, or nut butter.
- Mamma Chia squeezes: we LOVE these pouches for a lightly-sweet, fiber-filled snack!
- Perfect Bars: peanut butter perfect bars are another food item that Sophie eats almost every single day. I cut them into little squares that are easy for her to pick up and eat.
- Hummus: Sophie ADORES hummus. She will suck it off the cracker and then give the cracker back to me, haha. She would really eat a whole container if I’d let her. I just think that would have some poor digestive consequences 😉 We love Cedar’s Organic Red Pepper Hummus!
- Siggi’s Yogurt Tubes: I love Siggi’s yogurt because it’s high in protein and low in sugar, made with milk from grass-fed cows, and I especially love that it comes in these travel-friendly tubes! Sophie can suck one of these down in thirty seconds flat.
- Raisins: We love the little boxes of organic raisins at Whole Foods!
- Once Upon a Farm pouches: these are AWESOME for when we’re out for awhile running errands or exploring the city (or taking a road trip!) and Sophie needs a meal on the go. Just one pouch isn’t enough to keep her full for a meal, so I’ll supplement with other snacks, too. Also great to have on hand when we’re running low on fruits and vegetables at the end of the week!
- Trader Joe’s freeze-dried fruit: the bananas, strawberries, and blueberries are our favorite! Awesome snacks for travel.
- LesserEvil Popcorn: we pick this up at Wegman’s. It’s just pre-popped, air-popped popcorn tossed with organic avocado oil, coconut oil, and himalayan pink salt. It’s wildly addicting and definitely not just a snack for Sophie 😉 We also love Trader Joe’s organic olive oil popcorn!
Fellow mamas and papas, what are your favorite healthy, baby/toddler friendly snacks?
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