If there is one thing I’ve learned about toddlers, it’s that you always have to be on your toes. Once you get comfortable and think you have things figured out, everything changes. Meghan goes through stages where she eats a lot and then stages where she hardly eats at all. Despite how much she is eating, I have always been able to count on her eating some sort of vegetable and fruit throughout any given day. It may not always be as much as I would like, but I stay relaxed as long as she gets some of the good stuff in her. She really tested my ability to stay relaxed about her eating, however, during the end of last week. Suddenly, without warning, Meghan started refusing just about anything plant-based. She didn’t want fruit, vegetables, or beans. The second day after this started, this is what she ate:
breakfast: plain yogurt (I tried to sprinkle it with a little granola and blueberries and she was NOT happy)
I’m not kidding. There is no exaggeration here. For dinner, all she wanted was the butter. She had a plate of delicious food in front of her, but she just pointed to the butter that was on the table and would not relent until that’s what she got. I tried to put it on bread for her. Oh, no, Mommy, that is not what I meant. I just want to stick clumps of butter in my mouth plain. GROSS! I will admit, at this point, I was starting to stress out. What if this becomes a constant trend and all she wants is dairy products?
There is one thing that she usually will not refuse: smoothies. The next day after her all-dairy day I turned to the smoothie to help rectify the no fruit or veggie situation. The great thing about smoothies is that you can make it super healthy and it still seems like a treat. They are great for breakfast and Meghan also regularly eats them for snack. They are especially nice if you need breakfast on-the-go. When we need to get somewhere early in the morning, I make a smoothie the night before, put it in her straw sippy cup and refrigerate it, and then in the morning she gets her breakfast in the car.
For Meghan’s smoothies, I start with plain yogurt (the flavored kind has way too much sugar!), milk, and then add whatever fresh ingredients I have on hand. Here are a few recipes if you need help getting started:
I usually fill Meghan’s cup and then drink whatever is leftover.
Tip: When using spinach in a smoothie, it’s best to not put the spinach in first.
I am happy to report that Meghan seems to be getting back on track this week with her eating. Today for lunch I pulled out an avocado that I knew was going to go bad if we didn’t eat it up soon. Eating avocados before they go bad is never a problem in this house, but with Meghan’s fruit and veggie strike there are a few they are on the brink. I was nervous as I cut it into chunks and served it to her, but knew my girl was back when she exclaimed, “Mmmmmm, ‘cado!” Here she is gobbling it up: