Thursday, July 17, 2014

Feed Me!

Some days, I feel like a rockstar mom. Then I see a blog where a mom has a cute little bento box full of healthy and creative snacks for their kids and star-shaped sandwiches for their lunches, and I just want to smack my head against a wall.
Bimmer is pretty much a normal toddler when it comes to eating. She likes what she likes. And she's strangely picky about things I never would have expected from a toddler. For instance, she does not like popcicles.
Weird, right? (She is also not too big on cake, cookies, candy, ice cream, etc.)
I thought I'd throw together a little smattering of the things we typically throw at her during feeding time. By doing so, I'm hoping you'll notice a glaring hole in my offerings and give me some suggestions.
Breakfast: Let me start off by saying that Bimmer is not a breakfast eater. Sometimes she'll take two bites of something and be done. Other times, she'll just have milk or water. Whatever.
  • Cereal Bar
  • Froot Loops (dry) - And she calls these "boop-a-loops" and I'm inclined to always give them to her because it's so cute when she asks for them.
  • Yogurt Raisins
  • "Toddler Trail Mix" - I put together yogurt bites, raisins, puffs, and dried fruit
  • Yogurt

Snacks: This kid loves snacks. I'm pretty sure she has a "dinner" that is just a mix of a bunch of snacks at least once a week.
  • Cheese crackers
  • Dry cereal (usually Froot Loops)
  • Goldfish
  • Popcorn (both the fluffy non-kernel kind, and the normal kind)
  • String Cheese
  • Fruit (blueberries, strawberries, grapes, peaches, pineapple, and mandarin oranges are typical)
  • Yogurt Raisins
  • Craisins
  • Pretzel Crisps with cream cheese
  • Colby Cheese slices
  • Yogurt
  • Yogurt bites
  • Pita with hummus
  • Applesauce
Lunch/Dinner: Her entree selection is limited, and part of that is because I don't have the time/patience/desire to actually cook. She'll survive.
  • PB&J Sandwich
  • Hot Dog
  • Three Cheese Pasta (bowties w/ tomato sauce & 3 cheeses)
  • Ravioli
  • Macaroni & cheese
  • Grilled or Baked Chicken w/ dip (always gotta have a dip!)
  • Shrimp
  • Cheese Quesadilla w/ sour cream
  • Baby Food Veggie packs (because let's be real, I'm not cooking veggies regularly, and the kid needs some)  
  • Fish Sticks
  • Grilled Cheese Sandwich
  • Sides - as for some of the items above, naturally, a side dish would be served as well. Her favorites are any type of pasta side or rice. Or french fries. Girl loves fries!
Drinks: She exclusively drinks water, 2% milk, and apple juice. And 95% of the time, we cut her apple juice to a 50/50 mix with water. She has taken a few sips of soda over the past year and has never liked it. And on super rare occasions when we have a chocolate malt, she takes a few sips. But otherwise, she's not interested. And we're not interested in serving anything else to her!

So, again, if you have any mind-shattering suggestions for things we can introduce, let us know! It still boggles my mind (but also makes me happy) that she doesn't like chicken nuggets.

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