Violet is 2 years and 4 months old today. Ugh, that means she’s almost 2 1/2. Where did my baby go? But, being that she is in the midst of being 2, she has also become a picky eater. My little girl who once would eat almost anything set in front of her now would be happy to eat macaroni & cheese and chocolate milk three meals a day.
I do have luck on occasion getting her to eat bananas, strawberries, yogurt, and sushi (well, she would eat sushi any time I put it in front of her, but we haven’t had it since December). Today I succeeded in getting her to eat 2 chicken tenders and a banana for lunch, and vanilla Horizon milk while we were at Target.
But, 99% of the time she asks for macaroni & cheese. Not the good homemade kind that I make a few times a month – oh no, she would never eat that. It has to be Kraft or Target brand. I did have luck getting her to eat Annie’s instant mac & cheese the other night since it looks like Kraft. Even when we go eat at Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill, she will barely eat her mac & cheese. Why? Because it’s homemade, not Kraft. The other night I made Shepherds Pie for Scott and gave her a dish of it and she flat out refused. I had to make her mac & cheese.
And then there’s the chocolate milk. I can usually get her to drink a little white milk in the morning, and I just bought some Earth’s Best white milk drink boxes on clearance at Target today – she will drink those no matter what flavor they are because they are drink boxes. But it’s not exactly the best financial choice to buy all of her milk in boxes. I know that she’s still getting calcium in chocolate milk, but the calories are usually a lot higher than the 1% white milk that we drink. I did buy some fat free chocolate milk recently, but again, that starts getting expensive too.
When she wants to, she’s a good fruit and veggie eater. When she wants to. She loves bananas, and yesterday she stole about 4 strawberries from my lunch. She will eat raspberries like crazy, too. I don’t know that she has a favorite vegetable, but she used to eat pretty much any one of them put in front of her.
So, I’m reaching out to the moms who read my blog. What are your tricks to help expand your toddler’s meal selection?