The last time I talked about food on ze blog, it was over a year ago (you can read that post here). I thought it would be interesting to discuss how O’s eating has evolved since then, particularly because the Terrible Twos really are when kids are at their pickiest.
I’m very fortunate in that O is a pretty good eater. She most definitely has major preferences, and all of the sudden she’s completely rejecting eggs (which is brutal because it was so easy to scramble 2 eggs on evenings after work when we were too tired to cook), but for the most part, she’ll try anything we offer her, even if it’s just a quick bite, followed by a cringe and a “I no like it!” All that I ask of her is that she try. Last week she even insisted on tasting grape flavored Kombucha (fermented “living” tea for anyone who hasn’t heard of it). It’s a little fizzy and an acquired taste, so basically I knew it wasn’t going to end well. She spit it out. Her reaction was priceless. I think she shuddered for like 10 minutes afterwards.
Protein – Lady O is strictly a beef, chicken, and turkey kinda gal. We don’t try seafood much with her because we don’t eat it at home very often, and I think the flavors are strong and would be a hard sell. Because I’m a shitty cook and perpetually exhausted, we default to grilled chicken breasts and homemade burgers. She really dislikes sauces and condiments with her food though. Eating out is tricky because she won’t eat the protein from our meals if it’s touched a sauce or condiment.
Carbs – Carbs are toddler crack. There is nary a carbohydrate my child won’t devour. She loves pasta, rice and bread, but also enjoys more nutritious grains like quinoa and barley.
Fruit – Easy sell. She eats all fruits, sometimes in epic proportions. Lately she’s been eating multiple apples a day, because we went apple picking and they’re sitting out/readily available for her. She will also eat avocado with almost all her food (avocado is a fruit I think?). She loves flavor combinations, and when we put avocado with her chicken or beef or pasta, we find that she consumes a lot more.
Apples taste better when you’re mixing prints.
Veggies – O really loves vegetables. She eats raw carrot sticks, cucumber, sugar snap peas, broccoli and cauliflower, and also loves roasted veggies like Brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes, asparagus, broccoli and cauliflower (apparently the stinkier the veg, the more she loves it). She also likes green smoothies and juices.
Dairy – O hates dairy. Like…except for ice cream. Hates. She won’t eat yogurt, barely drinks any milk, and will sometimes eat cheese on pizza, but that’s pretty much it. I think this is pretty bizarre, because I’ve heard dairy is pretty popular with the toddler set. I’m super worried about her not getting enough calcium, because I myself didn’t drink milk as a kid, and I already have some pretty brutal bone density loss.
Sweets – When it comes to sugary snacks and treats, I believe moderation is key for both O and myself. We like to indulge sometimes, and I think it’s important not to restrict her diet. She gets dessert if she eats her meals well, and sometimes we celebrate milestones with frozen yogurt outings or cupcakes. I feel bad for kids who are deprived of delicious things. So yeah, we stick to occasional treats and that’s worked well for us.
I mean, how happy does she look here?
So there you have it. If anyone has any calcium tips for me, I’m all ears. Or even some fun toddler-friendly recipes. I’m in dire need of some new meal ideas! XO