I grew up being a pretty picky eater and honestly that stayed with me well into adulthood. I've always said that I would make sure my kids weren't picky eaters at all. So far that isn't really working out for us.
When we started giving our son solid foods regularly, I was proud that he would eat anything we fed him. He was eating raw onions and olives when he was just a year old! I don't even eat olives!
But now that he's just a few months away from being 2 (cry face), he will only eat a handful of different foods - unless of course it's junk food, he'll eat junk food all day.
He loves chicken, apples, peanut butter sandwiches, eggs, and cheese. And to be honest, most of his meals only consist of those five items. Oh, and yogurt - that boy loves yogurt.
It's a very rare occasion if he'll eat a green vegetable and I can almost guarantee he's got a plate full of green beans right now that he didn't touch from lunch. I do have two preferences for things he eats that don't really have anything to do with the guidelines. I prefer to feed him foods with low sugar and I like to give him foods that he can feed himself.
According to healthychildren.org, toddlers (12-24 months old) should have the following:
- Dairy: 1 to 1.5 cups whole milk or 1 cup yogurt or 1 to 1.5 ounces of cheese
- 3 ounces of grains, half of which are whole grains
- 1 cup fruit
- 4-6 ounces of 100% fruit juice
- 1 cup of vegetables
- 2 oz of protein
I've compiled a list of food ideas for my son and I'm going to try them out. If you have any more ideas please share them with me!