I’m excited to link-up with Munchkin Meals again today! (hosted by Brittany @ A Healthy Slice of Life)
We’ve made a few changes in Alma’s diet since the last time I linked up (Alma was 18 months then). We just recently weaned, so Alma is no longer getting any breastmilk – so bittersweet! Another big change is that Alma rarely gets those store-bought fruit/veg pouches. We decided that, even though it was a reliable source of calories for her, we just didn’t want to pay the ridiculous price. She still gets them occasionally, but the days of getting 2-3 pouches/day are over! Lastly, as I wrote in Alma’s 22 month update, we now spend our mornings at my new nanny gig, hanging out with another toddler. So Alma her morning snack and lunch there.
Otherwise, Alma’s diet & routine is pretty similar to earlier months. She drinks hemp milk & water, and still eats a vegan & primarily organic diet.
Here’s a peek at Alma’s eats yesterday:
- strawberry coconut yogurt
- toast with tofutti cream cheese & 100% fruit jam
- 1/4 banana
- a few blueberries
- hemp milk
Alma ended up eating all of the toast pictured, plus one or two more similar-sized pieces. She refused to eat her yogurt when she saw me eating soy yogurt, and demanded to have ‘Mama lo-gur!”. So she got her own 5ish oz cup of peach soy yogurt, which she ate all of. She did not eat any of the fruit, or drink any milk.
Morning Snack (9:00am)
- 1 graham cracker sheet
- small bowl of applesauce (probably 1/2 cup)
- freeze dried peas
- hemp milk
She ate 1/2 of the graham cracker, 1/2 of the applesauce and 1/2 of the peas. She also drank 2 oz hemp milk.
Lunch (11am + 12pm)
I was going to offer her lunch later, but around 11am, she asked for more snack. So I made her a plate of:
- 1/2 peanut butter larabar
- the leftover peas from snack
She ate all of that, plus another ounce of hemp milk. Then at 12, before we started packing up to head home, I asked if she wanted to eat more, and she said that she did. She ended up eating the rest of the larabar, a few more peas, and another serving of pretzels. She also finished the rest of the applesauce from her morning snack, which I had saved for her. On the drive home, she drank one more ounce of hemp milk.
Alma gets really distracted when we are at Z’s house, and she gets up and down from the little toddler table a lot. So I try to offer her things that don’t need to be reheated, and can hold up over the course of a few hours. Other lunch offerings usually include individual-size packets of almond butter, cheezy kale chips, chopped cashews, yogurt if she didn’t have it at breakfast, and pb&j’s. If she doesn’t eat much in the morning, I make her more of a lunch than a snack after her nap.
Alma napped from 1pm-3:45pm today.
Afternoon Snack (4:00pm)
When Alma wakes up, I usually sit down on the couch with her to have a snack together and read books. This used to be a very important nursing time for her, so instead of offering her a snack at the table, we get cozy and eat together.
Today we had:
- sesame-tamari rice cakes
- maple-almond butter packet (for Alma)
Alma has not been eating very much at dinner lately, which I know is common toddler eating-behavior. I was not surprised that she had a low appetite tonight, especially since her afternoon snack was hefty. Tonight we made:
- cous cous
- sweet & savory baked tofu
- sautéed green beans & mushrooms
- ~1 tbsp chopped cashews
She ate the entire bowl of cous cous (somewhere between 1/3 – 1/2 cup, I’d guess) plus another portion, about 1/2 the size of the first. She ate one bite of tofu, tasted the green beans & mushrooms, and ate maybe a tsp. of chopped cashews. She had 3 or 4 more ounces of hemp milk.
I offered her some date pieces (the kind rolled in oat flour) for a little dessert, but she wasn’t interested. I also have water available to her throughout the day, but she rarely drinks more than an ounce or two.
This was a pretty typical day of eating for Alma. She has not been very interested in fruits or veggies, but I always offer one or both at every meal and snack. She will usually drink 4-6 ounces of a fruit/spinach smoothie, so I try to make them for her often. I didn’t get around to it today, though. The only other reliable veggies she’ll eat are the freeze dried peas and cheezy kale chips (her favorite is homemade, but she also loves these ones). I’m happy with that!
I’m looking forward to checking out the other posts!