Feeding a toddler can be a little frustrating at times. They become picky, they like one thing one day and hate it the next, you want to make sure they aren’t eating junk, are getting enough fruits & veggies & whole grains. Are they eating enough? Is that too many snacks for the day?
I wanted to share with you guys a little glimpse of what my 18 month old, Everlee, would typically eat in a day. Every single day is different, so I might make this a monthly post to give you guys different meals to make your toddlers. I’m pretty simple – I won’t sit here and say I make her extravagant meals every day, because truthfully she feeds our dog at half of her lunch and dinner most of the time. So here is what her day of eating looked like on this particular day:
8am: Everlee wakes up between 7:30/8am every morning and I try to have breakfast cooked for her before she wakes up. She is always really hungry first thing and wants to eat right away. Eggs are one of her favorite foods, so she eats eggs almost every morning. Especially because it’s one of the only foods she will eat that has a good amount of protein in it. So this morning she had scrambled eggs, a couple mini Kodiak Cakes Pancakes with butter and half a banana. I like to keep a stash of pancakes in the freezer to easily heat up in the morning. She loves these pancakes and they are packed with protein! Banana because the girl loves bananas. Everlee also gets a cup of whole milk with every meal.
This is the milk we give her. We started her out on almond milk and she had a very bad reaction to it. Her face broke out in hives. So we tried coconut/almond milk and it did the same thing. We are happy with her drinking this milk, though! I would say she has between 15-20oz a day.
9:30am: Around 9:30, Everlee is running to the kitchen to get her own snack. I typically let her pick her own. She has a a little bin on a bottom cupboard filled with snacks just for her. There is applesauce pouches, yogurt pouches, peanut butter crackers, Larabars, cliff bars, etc. Today she grabbed an applesauce pouch and I also gave her half a string cheese. She ate all of her applesauce and ate probably two bites of her string cheese and gave the rest to our dog. I keep a sippy cup full of water out for her all day for her to drink and keep milk strictly for meals.
11:30am: Shae comes home for lunch around 11:30-11:45, so I usually have Everlee’s lunch done by 11:30 that way I can start Shae’s while she eats. Today she had whole grain pasta with black beans and a little butter and salt, a handful of veggie straws and some mandarin oranges. Lunch is honestly the hardest meal to make for her because is super picky about what she eats. She isn’t like your typical toddler/kid who will eat chicken nuggets, mini corn dogs, grilled cheese or PB&J. She hates all of that. So it’s honestly a huge struggle to find something for her to eat for lunch. She loves pasta so I try to do different things with it. And I mentioned, she doesn’t eat meat (her choice, we try!) so I try to add in black beans wherever I can. She really loves them so it isn’t an issue!
2:30pm: Everlee wakes up from her nap somewhere around this time and she always is hungry for a snack! Today she had a snack cup of goldfish and half a halo orange (I ate the other half).
5pm: I pretty much always have dinner done at 5 because Shae gets home around then. I made homemade chili tonight but it was a little too spicy for Everlee, so I heated her up some black beans and sprinkled cheese on top, cut up some blueberries and gave her a few carrot sticks with ranch.
6:30pm: We always do a bedtime snack! This is typically a yogurt or applesauce pouch. If she says no to either of those (very rare) she can have something else. Sometimes she doesn’t want anything, though, (like tonight) and on some nights she even gets a few bites of dad’s ice cream! Followed by a HEAVY tooth brushing. 😉
This is a typical day of eating for my 18 month old toddler. If you have any tips on ways to get protein in, please let me know! Somehow my daughter ALWAYS knows when we hide it and won’t eat if I try so we stick to our staples for now (beans, eggs, yogurt, etc). I’m considering trying out tofu! What are some of your toddlers favorite go-to meals?