Feeding toddlers can be a challenging thing and I’m always looking for new ideas what to cook for him so I thought I would share what I feed my 17 month old toddler boy.
I cannot decide if Zak is a picky eater or not because he will eat the most random things (like Kalamata olives, dried figs, Medjool dates) but at the same time he won’t try new things. I guess it’s a toddler thing.
He has been eating pretty much the same foods every single day for past 4 months and will refuse to try new things. I am still pretty happy with this because the foods that he does eat are pretty nutritious and all homemade and he does not eat any processed foods.
Zak’s favorite foods:
Oatmeal with homemade almond milk (I add and alternate between Medjool dates, goji berries and chia seeds, he doesn’t really notice them and is totally ok with these add-ons).
LOVES IT!! I mix cooked quinoa with Kalamata olives, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, raw garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, Himalayan salt. I made this for us and one day Zak asked to try it and now it’s his absolute Number 1 food.
Pretty classic knowing that he is half Latvian. I grew up eating potatoes 3x a day myself and I still can eat potatoes every single day and not get tired of them. I don’t give Zak any dairy because of his eczema so sometimes I will add bone broth or any nut milk (almond, cashew, hemp or macademia.. whatever I have in the fridge that day).
He loves his soup. But only chicken noodle or Latvian beetroot. Strange, I know. He is not a big fan of meat so sometimes I will add tiny tiny pieces of chicken or beef to the soup or I will use homemade bone broth for the soup so that way he still gets enough variety and nutrients from different foods. Variety is key.
He will not always eat these but on a lucky day he will have 2 pieces. I simply grate a zucchini with some garlic, add an egg, 1 tbsp of ground flax seeds and pan fry them. Easy to hold, great on-the-go, perfect for day care.
- Rice cakes (I get these red rice and quinoa rice cakes from Thrive Market or Amazon)
- Fruit (he could live off of it but we try to limit fruit due to his sensitivity to fructose)
- Raw cucumber, cherry tomatoes
- Homemade apricot energy balls or vegan hazelnut truffles
- Lara Bars (he loves anything chocolate, I wonder where he got that from.. 😊)
That’s pretty much all he eats. As you can see he does eat plenty of healthy food and he has an interesting palate but for some reason (toddlers huh?) he does NOT like to try new things. I offer him new things every day and he always sees us eat our meals but never wants to try anything new. I understand that this will change and for now it works!
For the most part, Zak feeds himself, I got a few different kids-safe utensils and these seems to be best for us in terms of holding the food on the spoon/fork without falling on his lap and also they are the most comfortable for his to hands. WIN! Also, these recyclable plates (they are made from milk jugs) have been really great too, I got them from Thrive Market but they are available on Amazon as well!
For now this is what works for us and I will keep you updated when things get more adventurous in our baby kitchen!
I hope you enjoyed this post of what I feed my 17 month old toddler, ‘till next time!