There is a little bit more variety to sweet pea's lunch but it usually consists of:
-1/2 cup steamed veggies
(broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, peas, beans, sweet potatoes, squash,)
I like to add spices like cinnamon, cumin, garlic, basil, etc to add flavor.
-1/2 cup of grain
(whole grain bread, brown rice, quinoa, couscous etc)
-1/4-1/2 cup of beans, lentils or other protein
1/2 cup of fruit or veggies
(avocado, tomato, Mandarin oranges, pears etc)
1/4 cup of puffed brown rice or red wheat
This stuff is AMAZING! It's almost the same as those flavored baby puffs that come in the little containers. Walmart has these puffs in the cereal isle for $1 a bag! Yes, I am singing and doing a happy dance. Don't judge. But seriously, it doesn't get any better than this for a healthy whole grain baby snack!
For dinner, I try to cook meals for all of us that sweet pea can eat all or part of. If there is something that is unhealthy about our meal, I just vary it for sweet pea.
Here are some examples:
(Whole grain noodles or spaghetti squash and crushed tomatoes instead of spaghetti sauce)
I sometimes even mix a little quinoa in for extra protein :)
-White Chicken Chili
(I set some aside before adding the hot spices)
(I give her the peppers and chicken in little pieces)
-Fish with steamed veggies and rice
(she can eat all of that!)
And if our dinner is so unhealthy (gulp) that I don't want her to have any, I just give her some steamed veggies, a serving of whole grain and beans, chicken or fish for protein topped off with a little fruit for dessert!
And my baby is so awesome, she cleans up after herself...check this out!
There's our mealtimes in a nutshell...or a blog post I guess. If you have any questions, comments, need recipes, or anything else, feel free to comment below or even send me a private e-mail.
Happy eating...or feeding!