Fun bites

Ensuring my 3-year-old grazer was eating in balance was starting to become a bit of a challenge. She’d eat a decent amount for breakfast and ate well at dinner, but lunch was sometimes tricky. I’d keep track mentally of all that she stuffed every so often into her little chipmunk cheeks. Her half sandwich would sit out all day and get dry.

I had an epiphany.

I love going to restaurants and getting sampler style meals; small bites with enough variety to keep the taste buds entertained and the stomach feeling light. Why not incorporate that same plating style for the rug rat?

On her bento-style lunch plate: 3-4 squares of cheese, 4-6 grapes, 3-4 crackers, a few bits of orange, a couple carrots and a gallop of peanut butter. She was excited. She ate everything a bit quicker than before then asked for more. Success!

When I was pregnant, a close friend of mine gifted us a toddler cookbook. It had fun, creative ideas to energize picky, grazing kids into eating a little better – and healthy too.

My little girl is more of a veggie like her mama, so getting her to eat meat isn’t easy but we do make sure she gets enough protein even if it’s in other food sources. The other night, we made chili-cheeseburger cupcakes, and she and the hubs, were in heaven. Baby boy, however, gets his in mush form and loved it too. But, it’s not like he can really complain too much yet. Thank goodness. has a lot of neat ideas. Feel free to share some of yours.

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