Friday, February 4, 2011

Trenton’s Toddler Tummy

Kelly over at Kelly’s Korner is hosting a “Show Us Your Life” linky party today, and the theme is “What do you feed your kids?”. 

Thankfully at 10 months, Charlotte will eat pretty much anything I stick in front of her – and a lot of it!

Trenton, on the other hand, gets his eating habits from my side of the family.  I’m pretty sure that the only vegetables that my parents willingly eat are potatoes.  I grew up a very picky eater, but I have gotten a lot better over the past few years.  I’m hoping that Trenton will become a better eater as he gets older.

Trenton does very good at breakfast.  He’ll normally eat oatmeal, cream of wheat, frosted mini wheats (Trenton has renamed these “hay”), or waffles, and fruit, milk, and juice. 

It’s the rest of the day that we run into a problem.  Trenton will eat chicken and fish – as long as they’re breaded.  He’ll sometimes eat sweet potatoes and occasionally a couple bites of carrots, but that’s about it as far as vegetables go.

Fortunately, I’ve got a couple of tricks up my sleeve!

We normally do breakfast for dinner once a week.  Trenton loves pancakes, but I put a twist on his.  I pull out enough batter for 3-4 pancakes and mix in some vegetable baby food (stage 1 or 2  - not anything with actual pieces of veggies).  Don’t try to mix in a whole jar or your pancakes won’t cook through.  I normally put about 1 spoonful of baby food for each pancake.  Trenton has eaten carrots, peas, green beans, and sweet potatoes, and always asks for more.  I always make enough to get at least one more meal out of it.

Trenton is also a huge fan of PB&J.  What is doesn’t know is that he normally has C-PB&J sandwiches – Carrot, Peanut Butter & Jelly.  I take about 3 baby carrots, throw them in my mini food processor, chop them up really small, and mix them in with the peanut butter.  He doesn’t suspect a thing!

I’ve tried spreading a thin layer of carrot, sweet potato, or squash baby food on the inside of a grilled cheese sandwich a few times.  Sometimes Trenton will eat it, and sometimes he won’t.  I still try though!

My favorite way to sneak veggies into Trenton’s diet is in smoothies.  I found a recipe for Green Monster Smoothies at Mommy’s Kitchen about a year ago.  I have changed up the recipe a little and Trenton has renamed it to Nana Mik, but it is essentially a banana-spinach smoothie.  I know, it doesn’t sound very appetizing, does it?  Well other than the green color, you’d never know that it was made with spinach.  I’ve tasted it, and it tastes just like a banana smoothie.  Trenton LOVES these, and I love that they are packed full of vitamins and nutrients.


(No, I don’t give my 2-year-old his smoothies in glasses.  This glass was for picture purposes only.)

Nana Mik

1 banana
1 cup baby spinach
1/2 cup milk
1/4 – 1/2 cup crushed ice
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 Tbsp. honey

Combine all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.

Hope these ideas can help some other mommies of picky eaters.  If you have any other ideas, please share!  I’d love to hear them!

*Update*  I forgot to mention this the other day, but since Charlotte eats her food with her hands, Trenton has started wanting to eat his food with his hands too.  He’ll still use a spoon for oatmeal, cream of wheat, etc., but he refuses to use a fork.  He cries all the way through meals when I try to get him to use it.  Any ideas on how to reintroduce fork use?

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Jamie said...

I do a lot of sneaking veggies, too...but that carrot trick is genius! Thanks for sharing!!

Gabby said...

very neat tricks there jenny! i'll definitely have to try some :) isabela is still a pretty good eater, but anya, man she is a different story...she won't eat ANYTHING! she only eats bananas, sweet potatoes, occasionally mangos, some gerber puffs and anything with chocolate (pudding, candy bar, cake, etc.). other than that, nada.

Aimee from Classified: Mom said...

I have a very picky eater as well- he only eats raw carrots! Great ideas. I am a new follower from the Tots hop- visit me back at

Amanda said...

I came over from Kelly's Korner - LOVE the carrot idea - that's just plain smart for anyone who doesn't get enough veggies. I also posted about smoothies when I linked up with KK for this SUYL. I don't have kids, and I didn't know if anyone got their kids to eat smoothies, so I'm pleased to see there will be hope for me when my time comes!

Here's my recipe: