Piper’s a pretty good little eater. She tries anything, and really only has a few things that she does not like. I feel like I’ve hit the jackpot in a lot of ways, because I was (and my husband would argue still AM) a terrible eater.
The only thing that’s a little hit-or-miss are vegetables. She really does well, and I can’t complain, but sometimes it gets hard to keep variety in this arena. So I thought I’d share some of our tricks.
Her go-to veggie is frozen peas (thank you, Costco, for selling them in giant bags). They’re quick and easy, which suits me just fine. Problem is, she gets tired of them quickly. Or she likes to play dancing-fingers in the bowl and I soon have a floor scattered in little green balls (which my dogs are terribly inept at picking up). This may sound gross to some (including me, I might admit), but our solution to peas?
I get a can of Campbell’s cheddar soup and freeze in on parchment in tablespoon-ish heaps. Then put them in a ziplock so when we need one, I just have to grab one out. She LOVES cheesy peas. And chicken, if we’re desperate. Or any other kind of vegetable. And it has the added benefit of a few more calories. Score.
Her FAVORITE way to eat veggies, though, is having them roasted in the oven. It’s MY favorite way, too, so this works well for us. Carrots and parsnips are absolute favorites (she even looked in the oven the other night and said “’snip ‘snip ‘snip”). That’s right- my kid eats parsnips. Go figure. A little bit of olive oil and some salt and pepper, roast until they’re a little browned (convection works wonders) and you’re good to go. Asparagus, sweet potatoes, regular potatoes, broccoli, essentially any veggie works here. YUM.
On the non-veggie front, we also started something new for breakfast this last week. Piper usually gets fruit, some kind of starch, and yogurt for breakfast. We found whole-grain pancake mix (again, thank you Costco, even though you don’t sell this any more) which she l-o-v-e-s. I make a batch, freeze two-thirds of it, and keep the others in the fridge to microwave in the morning. Works great. Her favorite part of breakfast, though, is yogurt. Last week, our local grocery store had Kefir on sale. It’s a drinkable yogurt, essentially, but has a higher protein content. I’ve gotten it for Luke and I lots of times, but decided to let Piper give it a try. SHE LOOOOVES IT! I can put it in her cup and it’s GONE without a break to breath. She downs it. IT has the added benefit of being super fast for first thing in the morning. Piper often wakes up starving, and I frequently get yelled at until she gets to eat. By giving her her yogurt first, I can actually go potty. A big plus when you’re pregnant, lol.
I’m always up for new ideas of how to get good food into the squirt. Anyone have any fun food tips? Please share!!!