Toddler Eats: Part 1

Hey Guys! I'm so excited to get this post up but also extremely nervous. If you know me at all, you know that Food is insanely important to me and my family. We put a lot of value on what goes into our bodies. We spend a decent amount of money on groceries and buy all organic 99% of the time. We started switching to organic a few years ago and it feels good to say that we eat all organic in our household. Its a goal we've worked hard at and we are proud of. Food can be a sensitive topic and with that comes a lot of judgement. I can't tell you how many comments I get from strangers about how their kids will only eat mac & cheese and how "lucky" I am that my child eats veggies and if I'm being honest it makes me just want to give a big eye roll. I wouldn't say we are "lucky" we just are specific about what is offered to her. She eats what we give her because its all we've given her. And YES, my child has gone through picky weeks where she hates everything she normally loves and I'm sure we will experience those more often as she grows and voices her opinion. But we will take it each day at a time and make sure we are offering her a variety of healthy choices for her to chose from.

I get lots and lots of questions about Olives diet and Its to much to put into one post. So heres a handful of things she eats. I will share part two here in the next few weeks. If you have any questions at all please email me or leave a comment and I will make sure to answer them in the next post! To start, Olive is a vegan, so yes she's never had cows milk and hopefully never will. She eats very little grain and her diet is mostly fruits and lots of veggies. 

Breakfast:

  1. Breakfast Quinoa: left over quinoa, heated up with cinnamon, pure maple syrup and dried fruit.
  2. Bananas she eats 2 bananas almost every morning. 
  3. Chia Seed pudding with Fruit (Recipe HERE)
  4. Sprouted avocado toast or sprouted peanut butter toast (with coconut oil)
  5. Or we keep it simple and just do different kinds of fruit. Pineapple, pears, kiwi...etc. 

Lunch:

  1. Chickpeas in hummus
  2. An avocado
  3. Green beans sautéed in coconut oil with himalayan pink salt (the only salt we use)
  4. A whole cumber and carrots (we never use baby carrots... baby carrots are soaked in chlorine organic + non organic) We buy carrots in bulk and cut them ourselves.
  5. Half of a Papaya
  6. Fresh Juice or Smoothies that are packed with greens.
  7. Black beans with veggies mixed in(we've been making ours from scratch and its saving lots of money!)

Snacks:

  1. Dehydrated beet chips and dehydrated apples,grapes, strawberries and pineapple.
  2. Grapefruit she's a grapefruit monster
  3. Organic Seaweed, we buy ours from Costco
  4. Apples slices
  5. Dried Fruit including no sugar added Raisins, Goji Berries, Dates, Apricots.
  6. Kale Popcorn we buy this brand or make it from scratch always NON GMO.
  7. Carrots + Hummus, she loves to dip her carrots in hummus by herself
  8. Mama Chia Squeeze pouches. The beet or green ones. We take these on the park a lot.

Dinner:

For dinner she pretty much can always eat what we are eating.  But there is a few things I try to make each week for her specifically. 

  1. Zucchini Noodles smothered in Avocado
  2. Black Bean Pasta Noodles covered in Avocado (she's not a fan of normal pasta and we aren't a fan of the grain so black bean pasta noodles it is!)
  3. Steamed broccoli with homemade asian salad dressing. 
  4. Raw veggies. Sometimes we just let her snack on lots of veggies if she's eaten a lot before dinner.
  5. Lentils! We make lentils about once a week this recipe is great!
  6. Veggie Burgers. We make them HERE and buy them (Dr. Praeger's Veggie Burgers - not organic but non-gmo) If your going to buy them just make sure they don't have Soy in them.

We cover a lot of things in Avocados. We add coconut oil to just about everything in our house. We like to keep things simple and fresh, to me Fresh Food is Fast Food. I'm sure as she grows we'll introduce more into her diet but this is what works for us and I promise eating like this isn't hard its just preparing and making smart choices. In the next post I'll share some more recipes like white bean chia pancakes and few other favorites.