It’s an exciting time when your little ones are big enough to join the adults at the dinner table. Feeding your child the same food as the rest of the family is an important part of baby-led weaning, and provides a wonderful bonding experience as the meal is shared. But kids need to eat (frequently!) beyond the dinner table, including 3 healthy meals and 1-2 snacks. Here’s a full day’s sample menu for a 2-year old that will leave them a satisfied little adventurer.
Oatmeal with a spoonful of peanut butter (or favorite nut or seed butter) mixed in. We cook the oatmeal then add frozen blueberries- they cool it down quickly and provide a delicious, nutritious boost!
A bag of Littlemore puffs and a banana.
Egg salad on thin-sliced bread or rolled in a small pieces of tortilla
Sliced tomatoes or veggie of choice.
Cheese cubes or stick.
Pear slices (or, if your kids are like Joana’s, they prefer to chomp on the whole pear!)
A few dried pieces of fruit or small piece of chocolate for a ‘sweet treat’
We like to stick with fruit or veggie sticks and hummus for the afternoon snack, to keep a good appetite for dinner!
Lentil bolognese, side of peas. Fruit and plain full fat greek yogurt for dessert.
Yogurt “parfait”: full fat yogurt (we like Siggi’s as it’s low in sugar!) + berries + tablespoon of nut butter + a spoonful of flax meal “sprinkles” + “crunchies” (your favorite granola)
Smoothie with milk, nut butter, spinach, flax, and frozen fruit.
Sandwich (PB&J or smoked salmon + cream cheese) with sliced cucumber or carrot.
Fruit such as a mandarin or handful of cut up grapes + puffs.
Taco night! Cooked ground beef or turkey sauteed with taco seasoning. Add sliced avocado, chopped tomato, and black beans. Top with shredded cheese and serve on soft or hard corn tortillas.