What my toddler actually eats in a day.
Amongst many other things, toddler eating is something that I think we get so unnecessarily anxious about as parents, and are quick to jump into the comparison game and spiral into a big black hole of despair. It’s something we get SO concerned about, and start paying attention to the details on overdrive. Are they eating enough? Are they getting the right nutrients? Are they gaining enough weight? It’s maddening, really.
It’s so easy to get overwhelmed, and I was thinking – how can I help create space for parents to see real life examples of how toddlers eat? A space where they can come for ideas, or just for assurance that they aren’t alone in weird toddler eating patterns?
So, I’m starting a new series: A Day of Toddler Meals! Once a month, I’ll showcase a day of what my toddler ate, and provide details including how I prepared it, if it was the same or different than what I ate, and how much he actually ate. My goal is to show the nuances of toddler eating, how it differs month to month (day to day, really), and how each kid is wildly different, but that it is all normal.
- Trader Joe’s Silver Dollar Pancakes with butter
- Trader Joe’s Strawberry Beet Berry Whole Milk Yogurt (not pictured)
- Whole Milk (not pictured)I’m going to warn you now, this was an incredibly unusual day for Bruce, because he ate FOUR (4) helpings of breakfast. Four. Now the kid is a good eater, but not that good. The week after we did this he sprouted in terms of weight, so I’m quite certain he was going through a growth spurt and I just happened to catch one of these days.
SNACKS & LUNCH
So lunch didn’t really happen because he snacked all morning, then refused the lunch I offered him, and then snacked all afternoon.
- AM Snack: blackberries (ate 3 handfuls)
- AM Snack: Kirkland applesauce packet (ate 2)
- Lunch: Starbucks sous vides egg bites and apple juice
- PM Snack: Cheddar cheese stick (ate 2)
- PM Snack: Cinnamon toast crunch
Clearly, we were just all over the place with snacks this day, and I wasn’t necessarily serving him nutritionally balanced snacks (ahem, cinnamon toast crunch). I was about 20 weeks pregnant when we did this, and was just having an OFF day, so I gravitated toward grabbing things that I didn’t have to cook or put together.
- Stir fried shaved beef marinated in Trader Joe’s Honey Aleppo Sauce with a turmeric yogurt sauce
- Pearled cous cous
- Sauteed zucchini and yellow summer squash
- Cucumber, sliced and quartered
- Trader Joe’s dill pickle hummus
- Whole milk (not pictured)
He was clearly subjected to my pregnancy cravings, hence the dill pickle hummus. But impressively, he pretty much ate the entire plate and didn’t ask for seconds.
Like I mentioned, this was an unusual day of eating for Bruce, as the week after he was up a few pounds so the timing correlated with a growth spurt, so PLEASE do not compare how your kid normally eats with this day of eating. It is not our norm!!
And that’s a wrap on a 24 month day of eating! Let me know what questions you have, and I will answer them! Also, be sure to comment with any recipes you would like to see me try with him for next month’s day of eating below!