Toddler Meals: When Eating Out

With Father’s Day last weekend and Michael’s birthday the week before we had quite a few instances of eating out with Johannes over the last couple of weeks.  We are at a point with J’s nutrition where he can eat anything and hasn’t shown any signs of intolerance or allergies, so we’re not too concerned about restaurant choices.  Usually I look for foods that either him and I can share, foods that are easily cut into self-serve pieces, healthy kid options, or meal-like-appetizers.

Here are a couple of ideas of what I will order Johannes:

- grilled cheese with fresh veggies on the side

- pasta {of any kind as long as its not spicy}

- quinoa dishes {one of his favorites}

- steak and fries

- fish and roasted veggies

- pizza

- and a little treat {read mini cupcake or icecream}

Toddler Meal Plan + Modified Banana Muffins

Banana muffins are a huge hit around here.  I make mine with reduced sugar, or substitute grated apples and blueberries for sugar all together, and J just loves them.  I cut the muffin into 4 quarters and he just munches away on them.

Since I have so many bananas in my freezer I make 2 separate batches, one baby variety and one adult {whole walnuts and whole sugar}.  Then I freeze the muffins in giant zip lock bags, and take out one at a time as needed.

 

Modified Banana Muffins for Toddlers

3 ripe bananas

1 egg

1//2 cup of melted butter

1/4 cup of brown sugar

1/2 cup of finely ground walnuts {fine powder}

1 and 1/2 cups of flour

1 tsp baking soda

pinch of salt

1tbsp pure vanilla extract

 

1.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line 2 muffin trays.

2.  Mash ripe bananas in a bowl, add melted butter and stir.

3.  Add in egg and vanilla, and stir until well blended.

4.  Add sugar, flour and walnut grounds and mix.

5.  Pour contents into the lined muffin tins and bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

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J is also obsessed lately with sliced tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers.  Give him a plate of that stuff and he is the happiest toddler in the universe.  So this week I simply added a few extras to meal plan from week 8.  Those extras being:  sliced tomatoes, sliced peppers and chickpea+corn salad with raisins.  As you know this week was pretty rough, so I’m really glad I had this to refer back to with some teeny tiny tweaks.

Here’s this week’s meal plan.  Enjoy!  baby meal plan week12

 

Toddler Meal Plan & Avocado Tomato Sandwich

If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter then you know that Johannes has been running a fever for 3 days straight.  Luckly he hasn’t yet shown signs of the flu, so I’m hoping he fights off whatever awful virus has got a hold of him.

With that in mind, my meal planning has been minimal and I had to rely on a previous week for meal ideas.  The only new thing I introduced was the AVOCADO TOMATO MINI SANDWICH.

The sandwich is as easy as it sounds, I spread creamy ripe avocado on two pieces of bread and layered with sweet tomatoes.  J made a huge mess of it, but he really loved the combination.  Cut into slivers, it was the perfect lunch.

To download this toddler meal plan, just click the link below.

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Toddler Meal Plan and Tropical Fruit Salad Recipe

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I mentioned earlier that we are in a constant battle for independence, and meal times are no exception.  He wants to be in charge, to hold the spoon, to feed himself.  So more often than not we allow J to feed himself  these days, which means prepping food that is easy to maneuver with little baby hands.

One of his favorite dessert dishes {since we don’t give him refined sugar in any form} is the tropical fruit salad.  Its as easy as it sounds.

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Ingredients:

mango

pineapple

kiwi

banana

Cut up and mixed together.  Perfect baby finger food dessert!

Here is this weeks’ meal plan for you to download!  Have a happy weekend!!

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Toddler Meal Plan and Some Insight

Insight into how crazy life has been lately!

Some of you who follow me on twitter, IG or Facebook know that J was sick last week.  First J broke out in a rash, when I quickly panicked and convinced myself that it was chicken pox….but it turns out it was just heat rash following the crazy shifts in weather we’ve been experiencing.

Then on Wednesday J woke up from his nap with a fever.  Thursday more fever.  Friday morning his fever reached new highs and we promptly took him into the pediatrician.  He had no other symptoms, he wasn’t complaining.  We were stumped.  The doc cleared him of any infection and sent us home with a recommendation to up his dosage.  Apparently most medicine is in relation to the baby’s size and assumes that by 2 years old they should be about 23lbs…well J is 24 lbs and 1 year old and we weren’t giving him enough medicine to bring his fever down….parenting FAIL!

That afternoon however he started sneezing, and got a runny nose.  By night fall he had a full blown cold.  Watery eyes, pain, congestion…you name it.  We were up almost the entire night with the poor guy.  And at 5:30am on Saturday, with a very VERY heavy heart we had to say “bye” and head to the airport for our weekend in Vancouver.

Its funny how babies have a way of knowing when you have something BIG planned, and getting sick right at the appropriate time.

Luckly for us, and J though, he got over his cold super fast…and by Saturday night he was sleeping and breathing better…and by the time we came home on Tuesday he was back to his old crazy energetic self.

Its was hard being away from him in the first place, but being away while I knew he wasn’t feeling well was just awful.  I continued to wake up multiple times a night, checking my phone, messaging my mom for updates and photos.  But I like to think I did reasonably well considering.

So now I’m playing catch-up.  At work, at home and on the blog.  I feel like on the family and work front I am on top.  So now its time to shift the focus back on my health, my running and this blog :)  I am pretty excited for this weekend.  There’s lots to do and lots to photograph!

And as always … below is the toddler {no longer baby} meal plan for the upcoming week.  Please note that most meals are actually a reflection of the adult meals M and I will enjoy….only unsalted, less oil and no pepper of course.  I usually use a separate dish to make baby J’s food.

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