Today is National Food Day! In order to celebrate, I am sharing with you another Mumma Food vs. Buggle Food post.
As a Mom, I know it can be difficult sometimes to come up with ideas for feeding our little ones. Presenting them with something that looks appetizing and tastes enjoyable, while still providing good nutrition, can be a real challenge. I know that I often turn to cookbooks, magazines, or other blogs and websites for inspiration, so I occasionally like to share my own ideas, in case they might inspire other parents out there to experiment with their child’s food. (And not resort to buying those over-priced, too high in sodium/sugar, convenience foods made for kids in factories and marketed with cartoon characters.)
I try as much as possible to make the same thing for both Simon and I for lunch, (with some occasional slight differences) so that he can see me enjoying the same food I am offering to him. I believe it is important to set that example.
I also worry that if I offer him the same thing, day after day, I will not allow him to be adventurous with food, or possibly might “dumb down” his palette, so that he won’t ever develop a taste for new things. This is not to say that we don’t have certain go-to meals that we eat often, just that we also try to break up any taste bud monotony that might start to set in.
Here are two of our recent, everyday lunches.
Mommy and Toddler Salads with Pita:
Mine has walnuts on it, his doesn’t, since he cannot chew them yet. My salad has dressing, so I left my pita plain, while his pita has peanut butter and all-fruit spread in it. His salad has some toddler puff cereal for a nice crunch, since he doesn’t like eating greens yet.
Also, in case you would like to see some more good ideas from others, check out my toddler food ideas pinboard on pinterest!