Weâ€™ve gotten to the age where Henry eats pretty much the same things that we do. Three cheers for lots of teeth! When I have a peanut butter sandwich, he has a peanut butter sandwich. When I have rice and beans, he has rice and beans. We still have to be careful about choking hazards, of course, and many things must still be boiled or sliced very thin so that he can safety chew the food. But overall, his diet looks like a lot like mine.
Well, Iâ€™ll admit itâ€¦ his diet is probably a bit healthier than mine. 🙂
Every day, my goal is to fill Henryâ€™s tummy with a variety of healthy foods. It can be challenging to convince a toddler to eat fruits, veggies, and protein.
But hereâ€™s my secretâ€¦ He will always eat whatâ€™s on his plate when I make food pictures. I know, I know. This is such a dorky mom thing to do, but I love dreaming up snack scenes and food animals for him. And he loves eating my creations!
For example â€“ heâ€™d never eat these veggies if they werenâ€™t in flower form!
Boiled red and orange pepper flowers
Hummus drop centers
Steamed spinach leaves and grass
Click through to see Henryâ€™s other beautiful snack creations!
Cheese and clementine sun
Cucumber and raspberry face
Udiâ€™s toast with peanut butter for the trunk
Thinly sliced green apple palm fronds
French toast people (made with a gingerbread cookie cutter)
Chocolate + craisin faces
Cheese and cucumber truck
Boiled orange pepper sun
Hummus toast cat
Cucumber and carrot face
Banana and carrot caterpillar with carrot feet
Raspberry and chocolate face
Buttered toast face
Clementine ears, grape eyes, boiled red pepper smile
It takes a bit more work to make food pictures, but itâ€™s really fun to see his expression as he realizes that heâ€™s eating a palm tree for snack. Totally worth it when he eats the whole thing, too!
What challenges do you face when convincing your toddler or kid to eat healthy foods? Any tips or tricks to share with other moms?
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