The Toddler Gets Lunch too…
I am on a slight lunch packing reprieve since the older kids don’t go back to school until the end of August. Currently I am only packing lunch for the grownups and also one to bring to daycare for our toddler, Trevor.
Trevor was such an accepting eater as a baby but as a toddler he has become so picky. Picky eating is so common in toddlers or at least that is what I like to tell myself! Ugh! So I am trying to dive in and tackle project picky eater!
I am using the nibble approach where I offer smaller portions of many different items hoping that he will eat some. Each day I mix items that I know he will eat along with items he may not eat (challenge foods) in containers with little compartments or organizers. You may have seen this approach before using muffin tins or ice cube trays. The more times a challenge food is offered the more likely it will eventually get tried and maybe even accepted! If I am lucky! I really want to raise healthy a eater!
I long to be a bit more creative with his food but since Trevor is not 3 yet I have some guidelines to follow. I must avoid food picks and hard raw veggies which can be choking hazards in kids under 3 and many foods need to be cut into small bites (like grapes, hot dogs etc). At home I can use discretion on those types of items but at daycare the guidelines must be followed. Trevor’s pickiness itself is also a little limiting since I have to make sure that he does actually eat something! Within these guidelines I try to offer him colorful and fun foods! So I scour the web and spend some time trying to think up new things. I hope to inspire him to eat new foods and maybe you’ll find something to inspire your toddler too!
Toddler Lunch of the Day (on left):
Turkey Meatball, half of a croissant, grapes and granola clusters
Grownup Lunch of the Day (on right):
Orange, Yellow and Green Pepper strips, Grapes, Strawberries, a Dill pickle spear and a Sandwich made from a homemade soft pretzel with Dijon mustard, sliced pineapple, cheese, lettuce and sliced turkey.