I don’t know about you, but I am always amazed at how much or how little Babycakes can eat, depending on the day. Some days I can’t refill her plate quickly enough. Other days it just sits there on her tray, untouched. As a new mom, I often fretted over this…wishing she’d take just a few more bites. And when wishing didn’t help, there may have been some begging involved! But I’ve learned to relax and know that as long as I’m providing a variety of fresh foods, she’s going to get all the nutrients, vitamins, and calories she needs without extra prodding from yours truly.
A new favorite lunchtime “trick” I’ve been using is feeding her out of a cute little Ikea ice cube tray. Seriously, THE best 99 cents I’ve ever spent! It’s a beautiful (and fun) presentation and an easy way to make sure you’re providing a variety.
This week’s favorite lunch:
- Fresh raspberries
- Cheddar cheese
- Leftover cherry pork tenderloin
Another recent favorite:
- Lean grass-fed beef hamburger
- American cheese
- Fresh diced cherries
- Edamame, fried rice, and mandarin oranges
- Turkey, tomatoes, and string cheese
- Tilapia, black beans, and corn
- Pasta, broccoli, and watermelon
And I even break these trays out for the occasional breakfast.
Show below: fresh diced cherries and Cherrios.
Or toast, vegetarian sausage, eggs, and tomatoes:
If everything else fails, spend a few minutes thinking about presentation, and you might just have that toddler gobbling up every bite!