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What a Toddler Eats: Before & After

Posted Jun 05 2013 9:02pm

Welcome to another edition of Munchkin Meals!

Hailey is 20 months old now and is all toddler. This means she has her likes and dislikes when it comes to everything. Fortunately, I feel like her eating is still pretty good, but I know that is subjective.

For this round of Munchkin Meals I wanted to show you what goes on Hailey’s plate and what is still left on it at the end to give you an idea of how much she eats at any given meal. Let’s get started…

Before - Organic blueberries, free-range chicken, avocado, sharp cheddar, organic broccoli, organic carrots and organic cauliflower (from a frozen bag) sautéed in teriyaki

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After

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Before – Frozen organic peas, honey goat cheese, free range chicken, strawberries from our porch

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After

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She then loaded up the remaining peas and chicken into the cup and begged to eat out of her chair. I obliged.

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Before – avocado, organic brown rice and lentils, organic zucchini sautéed in Kerrygold butter and a splash of soy sauce

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After

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Before – organic banana. Every morning. Always.

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After

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Before – scrambled free range eggs with organic salsa, nitrite-free bacon and watermelon

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After (the girl has NOT been feeling the eggs lately)

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Before – grape tomatoes, quinoa and diced cucumber mixed in this dip , bean and lentil sprouts

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After

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Before – mashed avocado on pita bread, grape tomatoes, organic frozen blueberries

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After

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As you can see, sometimes she cleans her plate and other times she only eats a few bites. I don’t stress about and just keep offering her healthy foods. She eats when she is hungry. If she cleans her plate, I offer her more until she is full.

Sometimes I will hold fruit for dessert. If she gets into a pattern where she only will eat the fruit and not the rest of her meal, then I hold off on it for a few days straight. I believe this helps her reset her internal sweet tooth. When she is happily chomping down on avocado, chicken and broccoli again, then I’ll reintroduce the fruit. It’s working for us!

Now it’s your turn- please share what your kids are eating!

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