Does anyone have any good meal and snack ideas?

Kailey - posted on 11/05/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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My one year old is going through a new phase and she won't eat more than half of the things she used to. I am in desperate need of some ideas for meals and snacks that she can feed herself! I've surfed Google quite a bit looking for ideas, but I see pretty much the same things over and over. Does anyone have any new ideas?



Lately I have been mixing fruit baby food with peanut butter, then I spread it on the bread and cut it into strips that she can take bites from. She loves it and fruit puree is much better than sugar filled jelly! It's a good idea to make the sandwiches during a nap or after your little one goes to bed, then put it in the fridge for a little while so when you cut the strips the peanut butter mixture is solid enough that it doesn't ooze out. I also flatten the sandwich a bit before I cut it.



Also, if your baby likes eggs, mix some veggie puree/baby food in along with the milk and eggs. Green vegetables taste the best. I make two eggs at once and save some for the next morning.

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Samia Imran - posted on 11/06/2009

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my 10 month old loves cottage cheese mixed with fruit, string cheese.if your 1 year old has some teeth trying cutting up grapes, watermelon, they love experimenting and trying different colors.

also boiled macaroni with some butter, and parmesan is easy to eat.

but my 10 month old eats anything we are eating...she loves cereal bars, small pieces of chicken, ground beef patties cut really small are yumm

Kailey - posted on 11/06/2009

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Quoting Heather:

i always make large batches of pancakes and freeze them and pop them in the toaster when my son wants a snack (im not a breakfast eater so its an easy breakfast for him too)
he was also a big fan of fruit cocktail. i just rinsed it so it was less sticky and hed eat that up and beg for more.

by 9 months he wanted nothing to do with baby food and was eating Gerber Graduate meals and starting on regular food. he wanted REAL food. mashed potatoes, rice, small pieces of anything. maybe shes just getting tired of jars?


 



Alivia hasn't eaten jars of baby food in months!!  I'm looking for things she can feed herself..  If I try to spoon feed her she just wants to take the spoon from me.  Even if she has one of her own!  She is very independant and just wants to feed herself.  That's why I came up with mixing pureed fruit in her  peanut butter and cut it into strips. 



 



She had a dr's appointment this morning and when I mentioned it to her ped she said most babies around her age are pretty much vegan, not eating much meat and cheese (Liv doesn't like the texture of cheese I think).  She said since she is good at eating her fruits and veggies that if she has one egg and some dairy every day it's enough protein for her.  She hasn't gained any weight the past couple of months (she weighs 20 lbs) but she hasn't lost any, either.



Anyway, sorry for rambling!  Thanks for the advice everyone.

Hanna - posted on 11/05/2009

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does want to eat what you are eating? is she curious about it? my son is 8 months & usually eats pretty much anything i give him, however, if he seas us eating dinner, he wouldn't eat his food because he wants to eat what we are eating, so i have to cut up our food in smaller pieces. steaks, roast pork, mashed potatoes, beans -- as long as it's not too greasy & not to spicy, i give him a taste.

Heather - posted on 11/05/2009

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i always make large batches of pancakes and freeze them and pop them in the toaster when my son wants a snack (im not a breakfast eater so its an easy breakfast for him too)
he was also a big fan of fruit cocktail. i just rinsed it so it was less sticky and hed eat that up and beg for more.

by 9 months he wanted nothing to do with baby food and was eating Gerber Graduate meals and starting on regular food. he wanted REAL food. mashed potatoes, rice, small pieces of anything. maybe shes just getting tired of jars?

Lindsay - posted on 11/05/2009

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Check out http://www.wholesometoddlerfood.com/todd... They have some great recipes.



My daughter loved their cheddar & veggie pancakes(my husband and I would actually eat them too!) and you can make a pretty large batch and then freeze them....I would just pull one out and microwave it to reheat it.



She also loved their pasta salad...I added a little extra parm cheese so it wasn't slimy. I would make it up and then keep it n the fridge so she could eat it for several days.

Kailey - posted on 11/05/2009

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Quoting Karrington:

My son is only nine months but he loves the gerber pasta pick ups.


 



She won't eat pasta!  I've been trying to give them to her for a few months now.  I think it's the slimy texture.  

Samantha - posted on 11/05/2009

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My friend has a 2 year old and she gives her baby a frozen food treat. its just like an adult's microwave dinner only its healthier and a less portion!

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