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My 19 Month old toddler’s daily food intake :D

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Dear Friends,

It has been a while since I posted how much my little A eats these days or what kind of food does she eat in a daily basis. She recently turned 19 month old and her appetite has surely increased. There are some days when she does not want to eat anything but there are some days when we cannot fill her tummy enough. All in all, she is a great eater for her age. She may not eat a whole lot at one setting and sometimes each meal may need some coaxing from me but she does eat a variety of nutritious and vitamin rich food. Her pediatrician could not have been more happier when I told him what she eats daily. I do feel proud that she eats ALL different kind of fruits and veggies, especially fruits. The only fruit that she does not like is mangoes (go figure!). Other than that you name it, she eats it all. She is also a great fan of vegetables that we eat at home. From red radish to green zucchinis she loves them all. She is also very fond of leafy green veggies like spinach and watercress.I think the key is to introduce them to all these variety of food from a very young age and give them all sort of textures. Little A even eats mushrooms and tomatoes which I know a lot of kids don’t eat.I know there are days when she would not even take a bite but I take it as a phase and wait until her next meal when she would eat like a horse 🙂 . Below are examples of her two days worth of food intake. Hopefully, these will give you an idea of what to feed a picky eater or how to incorporate variety into little ones’ diet. Her typical daily diet look pretty similar on a day to day basis- things that we may change are the fruits or veggies or when eating out she may eat something else but majority of the staples remain the same.

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Day 1:

First drink of the day: Soy milk – roughly 6 ounces (first thing she wakes up, she asks for it)

Breakfast- 1 egg scrambled, steel cut oats cooked in milk with half a cup of blueberries

Snack 1: Soy milk- roughly 2-3 ounces right before nap

Lunch: steamed white rice, spinach and potatoes, red radishes cooked (one of A’s favorite veggie) .

Snack 2: Fruits (I try to give her at least 2-3 types of fruits every single day. She loves nectarines, peaches, lychees, cherries, oranges, pretty much all fruits). I also give her one whole orange juice freshly squeezed with her fruits.

Snack 3: Soy milk roughly 4 ounces

Dinner: since she eats all day long dinner us usually a hit or miss. She may eat a nice big one some nights but some nights it may be lighter one. So I usually resort to half a avocado and half a yogurt on those “lighter” dinner nights.

Last drink of the day: Soy milk- roughly 2-3 ounces right before bed

I usually give her chicken or fish at least once in her meal and if she does not eat those I still feel good cause she finishes one whole egg in the morning for her protein. All in all, she is a good eater so far. She is a very active toddler and never sits still so no matter how much or what she eats, she stays very lean. Doctor thinks she is PERFECT! And I do too 🙂 .

This post is mainly to give you all an idea of how to include variety of food in a toddler’s meals and how to give them mostly homemade and healthy food. Good luck!

XoXo
PJ

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Bite size blueberry pancakes and southwestern omelette cups! (DELISH!)

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Dear Friends-

How are we doing today? I am back again with my long overdue post. The recipes that I am posting today are the ones from my last weekend’s “experiment” in the kitchen to find an adult approved and toddler friendly breakfast option.

Bite size blueberry pancakes

These are very versatile pancakes! You can swap blueberries for chocolate chips, coconut or mixed nuts, anything that your taste bud desires. I opted for blueberries as I had those handy and little A’s favorite fruits are blueberries so that was a no-brainer for me.

The recipe is really simple- I used Aunt Jemima boxed pancake mix, mixed it with blueberries and pour in the mini muffin tray with cupcake/muffin liners. Bake for about 25 minutes and there you have it! The perfect bite sized pancakes that can be served warm with butter and syrup.

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Southwestern omelette cups

These omelette cups are very versatile too. You can make it as regular plain egg omelette, southwestern style or any other way you prefer. I opted for southwestern just because 🙂 .You will need the following ingredients:

Eggs

Salt

Taco Seasoning

Olive oil

Chopped onions, chopped tomatoes, chopped cilantro

Bacon bits

Corn and black beans (optional)

Cheese (shredded or sliced broken into chunks)

In a medium heat oiled pan sautee your veggies and bacon with a pinch of salt and taco seasoning, brown them. After it is cooked and browned, mix with a bowl of whisked eggs in a separate bowl. Mix it well and pour the mixture in the cupcake lined jumbo muffin trays. Top the mixture with cheese (yum)! Bake for about 20 mins and broil for another 10 so the eggs can brown. Serve warm with a hint of Tabasco or ketchup!

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I baked both these recipes in the same oven and the same time and it worked out perfectly!

Since both these were “invented” by me, I did not measure or followed any recipes so hopefully you can recreate these without much hassle 🙂 .

We thoroughly enjoyed these, hope you will too.

Enjoy!

PJ

 

 

Toddler Approved Banana Blueberry Coconut Muffin!

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In my quest for trying to find yummy and nutritious muffins for my little munchkin A, I decided to put a spin on a classic banana muffins and make these banana blueberry and coconut muffins. I didn’t follow any recipe or measured anything so everything I tell you is just a guestimate 🙂 .

These look so pretty and were delicious. Since I did not add any sugar or butter they are very healthy and the bananas give a mild sweet taste. I think the combo of coconut and cinnamon is every unexpected and interesting. Little A gobbled them up! These mini muffins can be served as breakfast or as a snack. Also you could add veggies or load them up with other fruits or nuts or even nut butters! Next time around I may use some oats or whole wheat flour to give it some more texture.

Here is the recipe. This recipe yields 12 mini muffins. Enjoy!

All Purpose Flour- 1.5 cups

Bananas- 1.5

Blueberries- 1 cup

1 egg

Splash of vanilla almond milk

Half cup shredded coconut

Pinch of baking soda

Pinch of baking powder

Pinch of cinnamon

Enjoy these bite size snacks!

XoXo

PJ

Toddler Meals (Part 2)

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Good Morning Friends-

In this post I wanted to share a few more meal ideas for our picky toddlers. I know, mealtimes are usually a battle so hopefully you can pick one or two of these combos to please the little munchkins. These are again meals that my little A had over the weekend or in the past week.
First combo is homemade chicken meatball with spinach and pasta in marinara sauce. A wasn’t a big fan of pasta or marinara sauce for that matter, but to my surprise she did finish everything from her plate at this meal (minus the sauce). It is a wholesome meal for our growing little ones as it consists of carbs, protein and fiber.
Second combo is homemade dumplings (Momos/ Nepali dumplings) with a side of spinach and potatoes.
Third combo is white steamed rice with a side of lentil soup and spinach.
Fourth combo is some pasta with a side of spinach and grilled chicken.
Fifth combo is grilled salmon and a side of potatoes and asparagus. We had this exact same dinner for us adults so it was easy to offer her the same. A devoured this meal! I love it when A eats fish as it is rich in Omega 3 and has all the essential oils for growing minds.
Sixth combo is grilled salmon with a side of spinach and white steamed rice.
You may notice I offer A a lot of spinach. It is because- 1) She LOVES it! 2) These are her greens which is packed with vitamins and minerals. So it is a no brainer win-win for me. I do like to give her a very balanced meal (a combination of carbs, protein and minerals) and I try to do that with almost every meal. Luckily, she does love that combo 🙂 .
Please feel free to ask me for any of these recipes or want to give me a comment/ feedback- feel free to do so. I love hearing from you all.
P.S- please excuse my photo quality they are from my good ole iphone and not from a professional camera. I usually just take a picture right before A digs into her food hence they are of that quality and always in her little plastic platters 🙂 .

Enjoy!

XoXo
PJ

More Toddler Meals!

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More Toddler Meals!

Happy Tuesday Friends!

In this post, I wanted to share a few more toddler friendly healthy food options. These were just a few of the meals that little A ate during the weekend.
The first meal is actually her quick and easy, no fail meal/snack. I cooked some steel cut oats in milk with chopped bananas on top to sweeten it a bit. A LOVES this. She had this as her lunch along with an orange. Later during the day, she ate her blueberries, animal crackers and half a banana.
The second meal (on the right) is her dinner. It is white steamed rice with dal (yellow lentil) and a side of chicken and spinach and potatoes. This is also one of her favorites dinners. Some times I don’t make dal so I just make the chicken into a gravy and feed her that or I make the spinach gravy so she can enjoy that.
The third meal is again yellow lentil with rice, with her favorite sides ; strawberries, grapes, string cheese and crackers again. This is a quick lunch or a healthy snack.
The fourth meal is her typical breakfast. An organic brown egg fried in olive oil with a side of apple/pear steam and an orange. She eats this almost every morning except when I feel like Martha Stewart and cook up a storm (rarely ever happens) :).
The second and third meals are my go-to meals for the car rides and my take along snacks. She loves her berries and oranges so that helps me provide her with variety of snacks on the go. I usually cut up all these fruits into small pea sized chunks and put them in plastic containers and zip lock bags and throw them in her “snack caddy”. The way A is eating these days I feel blessed to have such a good eater. Hopefully I am not jinxing myself by saying this but she does have a pretty healthy appetite these days!

I have a few new contents coming soon which I am really excited to share with you all. I will have fun surprises for you all to enjoy. Stay tuned!

XoXo
PJ

Applesauce Pancakes!

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Applesauce Pancakes!

As moms (or dads) we all like to feed our little ones the very best food possible. We all want them to eat a balanced and wholesome diet. It may not always be possible to give them home cooked meals but we got to try our best as parents to provide them healthy meals. The recipe I am going to share today is for a breakfast staple- pancakes! I don’t know about you but I love pancakes.
To switch things around a notch and to really enjoy some breakfast time as a family, this morning I made some applesauce pancakes for A. She was not too sure of the pancakes at first but she did enjoy it after a few bites. I cut the regular sized pancakes using cookie cutter to make them into fun shapes. Like my other recipes this one too is free from sugar and oils/butter (very little if any). Hubby and I enjoyed these pancakes as well.
I know the picture does not do much justice to the taste and the wholesomeness of the pancakes but they were very satisfying and tasty. Enjoy!

Applesauce Pancakes
1 cup flour –
1/4 teaspoon salt –
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 tablespoon melted butter –
1/2 cup milk –
1 beaten egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla –
1 1/4 cups applesauce

Sift flour, salt and baking powder into a medium mixing bowl. Combine butter, milk and egg. Stir into dry ingredients. Add vanilla and applesauce; beat well. Spoon batter into a hot, well greased griddle, enough batter to applesauce pancakes about 4 inches in diameter or make regular sized pancakes and cut them into fun shapes like I did.

Bite-size Banana Muffins!

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Bite-size Banana Muffins!

Hello Friends-

Alright- so this morning I took a stab at mini banana muffins. Found my handy dandy mini muffin tray and mini muffin liners to make these adorable little treats. Again, to make them “healthier” I did not add ANY type of sugar or sweeteners and no oils and or butters. I added organic apple sauce to moisten the muffins and since the bananas I used were very ripe, no added sugar needed. I also added some pecans to give them a crunch. I must say these were very tasty but this time as well they did not rise as much. I wonder what I am doing wrong. They taste awesome and little A absolutely enjoyed nibbling on one this morning. These could be a perfect little snack to throw into your toddlers lunch boxes or you can have them for breakfast or snacks. Hope you all enjoy this!

Here is the recipe:

Mini Banana Muffins
makes 30 mini muffins

2 to 3 brown bananas, peeled and mashed
¼ cup sugar
¼ cup natural applesauce
1 egg
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, add bananas, sugar, egg, and applesauce and mix well.

Stir in baking soda, powder, salt and flour. Mix well.

Line the mini muffin tins with paper liners. Fill each muffin cup 2/3 way full. Bake for 15 minutes. Cool. Enjoy 🙂 .

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