I acquired a remark just lately: “It’s so nice to see a glimpse of what your kids eat. Can you share more?” I assumed a Kids Eat Real Food (haha KERF!) would make a superb weblog put up. When planning meals, I attempt to embody a mixture of totally different meals teams / macronutrients and decide Three-Four totally different meals creating a mixture of proteins, fat, fruit/veg, entire grains, dairy, nuts. I don’t get all of these classes in every meal, however I attempt to mix a various mixture of meals. Here are a few of my youngsters’ most frequent meals.

Birch

I typically present images of Birch’s EZPZ plate. As his mom, I believe he’s THE CUTEST when he eats, his little fingers rigorously deciding on what to then shove in! He’s been a giant eater as quickly as he discovered how you can swallow purees. The boy does quite a lot of chewing for less than having 1.5 tooth! I usually minimize his meals into strips and bite-size chunks and ensure that all the pieces I serve is mashable between my forefinger and thumb (the power of child gums, apparently.) I don’t provide quite a lot of fibrous meals – issues like broccoli stems, bell peppers, greens, inexperienced beans or apples except they’re VERY properly cooked. Birch will get most of his greens from purees in pouches.

Foods Birch Eats On The Regular

  • Scrambled eggs, generally combined with cheese
  • Yogurt pouches
  • Baked oatmeal 
  • Quiche minimize into bites
  • Banana chunks
  • Berries of all types, smashed or sliced into strips
  • Cooked apples
  • Orange segments minimize tiny
  • Homemade entire wheat muffins 
  • Breakfast cookies 
  • Soft granola bars
  • French toast and pancakes minimize into strips
  • Buttered toast in small bits
  • Cheerios and puffs
  • Sweet potato fries
  • Thinly sliced avocado
  • An omelet with small veggies and cheese
  • Cooked salmon flakes
  • Chicken or BBQ pulled into skinny strips
  • Pasta salad or mac and cheese
  • No Bull Burger minimize into bites
  • Thinly sliced cheese or goat cheese chunks
  • Steamed peas
  • Applesauce in his popsicle
  • Tofu (new!)
  • Veggie-based pouches at nearly each lunch and dinner (for the vitamins)
  • Breastmilk ~Three instances a day!

Salmon, avocado, candy potatoes, apple sauce

baby eats real food with silicone tray

Mazen

Mazen is neither a choosy eater nor an adventurous eater. He would survive off the Standard Kid Diet of pizza and grilled cheese if we let him, however in fact we’re at all times providing new issues. His response to household dinners may be very a lot depending on his temper and may be very hit and miss.

Mazen’s Favorite Foods aka he says “yes!” when he will get it

  • Oatmeal
  • Pancakes or waffles
  • Toast with butter
  • Pizza, which he would eat all day, on a regular basis
  • Grilled cheese
  • Quesadillas (made with spinach!)
  • Spaghetti with meat sauce and parmesan
  • Mac and cheese
  • Burgers
  • Steak
  • Avocados/guacamole
  • Sweet potato wedges
  • BBQ
  • PB sandwich (no jelly)
  • Chips
  • Goldfish
  • Cinnamon cereal
  • All junk meals….in fact!

Healthy Foods Mazen Likes, But Less Enthusiastically

  • Smoothies
  • All inexperienced salads with dressing
  • Red bell peppers with dip
  • Salmon
  • Chicken
  • Shrimp
  • Mussels
  • Crab
  • Other styles of noodles (like Asian-style noodles)
  • Asparagus
  • Broccoli
  • Mushrooms
  • Lasagna
  • Oranges
  • Apple Slices with PB
  • Bananas (solely at bedtime for some motive)
  • Milk
  • Yogurt (very hit and miss)
  • Mangos
  • Cantaloupe + pineapple (very hit and miss)

Salmon, potatoes, inexperienced beans (child model on the fitting!)

dinner plates with salmon, green beans, and potatoes

Things I Put In Mazen’s Lunch Box

  • Peanut butter on entire wheat half sandwich
  • Turkey and cheese half sandwich
  • Orange slices
  • Apple slices
  • Mango slices
  • Goldfish
  • Pepperoni slices
  • Yogurt drinks
  • Milk field (the shelf steady variety)
  • Red peppers
  • Dried peas
  • A tiny spinach salad with ranch
  • Cheese and crackers
  • Almonds or path combine
  • Applesauce 
  • Granola bars
  • Anything home made or leftover I might need readily available, like a mini muffin or leftover pizza

Oranges, Graham Cracker, PB Sandwich, Pea pods, Yogurt drink, Trail combine (for snack)

Progress Not Perfection

The last item I need to do is put quite a lot of effort into lunches that don’t get eaten. While I want I had been a type of mothers with the connoisseur bento packing containers full of sushi or soup in a thermos, I simply didn’t get that child of eater. That’s okay although – we mothers are all doing one of the best we are able to!

Sometimes he buys!

Mazen additionally loves to purchase his lunch and does so about 50% of the time. I like not having to pack his lunch on these days, however I’ve seen sufficient of his faculty lunches to know that his packed lunches are a bit more healthy (not that the college doesn’t provide wholesome issues, however in fact he’s not loading up on the vegetable sides!) I’m OK with him consuming a burger and tater tots with mayo for lunch if he’s consuming properly at house for breakfast and dinner.

Please share your child meals wins and struggles!

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