What healthy meals can i cook my 2 year old?
Emily - posted on 07/18/2012
First step, don't buy junk food. If it's not in the house, she can't eat it!
You don't need to make any special meals for her.. she can eat the same healthy meal as you. What I try to do, at least for dinner, is make sure I have a vegetable, a protein, and some type of whole grain. I stock the fridge and cupboard with healthy stuff so when my kids want to snack, they have no choice but to choose something healthy. I try to stay away from sugary cereals/white bread and tend to buy whole wheat/grains.
Let her decide when she's full. Don't force her to just eat one more bite or finish her plate. Her stomach is so much smaller than ours, and she is much more capable of determining how much she needs than an adult would be.
I have had a lifelong struggle with weight and healthy eating.. knowing better now as an adult, I'm hoping I can pass on better skills to my kids than what I had.
Elfrieda - posted on 07/18/2012
Kids are a great reason to start making a proper meal every night. I did that, too, when my son started eating table food. :) Think colours, and think veggie, protein, starch (not too much starch, that's what makes her overweight) for each meal. So, if you have some chili, that takes care of it all because you've got beans and meat for protein, and corn and carrots or whatever else is in there for veggies, and you're spooning it over bread, which is a starch.
Whereas if you have simpler things, you need to make more of it. Spaghetti sauce with extra veg thrown in (peppers and broccoli are good) and some ground beef or beans over spaghetti (starch) with some carrot sticks on the side are also good. Garlic bread is a yummy addition but not terribly healthy.
My last suggestion is corn on the cob with baked farmer sausage and fresh peas or green beans or whatever vegetable is in season right that moment. Or applesauce, I love applesauce with that meal, I'm counting that as a vegetable and it's good for you if you make it yourself. (peel and cut up a bunch of apples, then pour a little water over them and boil it until it's soft. I like it like that mixed in with a pat of butter, but you can add a bit of sugar and cinnamon over it if you like it sweeter.)
Mmm, now I'm hungry. :) Good luck. It's extra work, but worth it.
edited to add: I never worry about dairy because we're all such cheese and yogurt fans over here we get lots of that in our snacks and lunches.
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