Feeding toddlers is tricky. They change their mind about what they like daily. They want to exert their independence at mealtime. All you want is them to eat nutritious foods that will aide optimal growth and development. Not easy!
Feeding a toddler with intolerances or allergies is even trickier because the food choices a parent can offer are more narrow.
Luke was diagnosed with milk-soy protein intolerance (MSPI) as an infant, but it was always assumed that he’d eventually outgrow his intolerances. At 18 months we are due for another trial, but so far he seems to still be intolerant to both dairy and soy.
I’ve received several emails asking advice about what to feed a toddler with MSPI, so I thought a post showing what Luke ate over the course of two days would be appropriate. Even if your toddler doesn’t have any intolerances, I always like seeing what other toddlers eat to get new ideas.
Although it can be hard not being able to feed Luke any dairy or soy, it’s not that difficult to avoid them since we eat a mostly whole food diet.
This snapshot (with lots of pictures!) of Luke’s daily eats is actually from almost a month ago now. That shows you how behind on life I am. Moving will do that to you. Without further ado, here’s what my kiddo eats:
Day 1 Breakfast:
Breast milk (I estimate each feeding he gets between 5-8 ounces based on what I get when I have to pump milk for him) followed by sprouted whole grain toast with almond butter and pears.
He usually gets his breakfast about 30-60 minutes after he nurses when he first wakes up. It just works out that way with getting Meghan up after him and preparing the food.
He loves using a fork. And here’s a picture of Meghan since she had the same breakfast and was wearing a matching night shirt.
Luke ate all the bread with almond butter (a favorite food) but not all of the pears.
Lunch Day 2:
One plain egg omelet cooked in coconut oil and sprinkled with a light seasoning blend, strawberries, and avocado.
But was not interested in the strawberries. This is his I don’t want these strawberries face.
You just stole about five of your buddy’s strawberries at the park, kid, so you’re not fooling me. I know you like strawberries. (True story.)
Snack Day 1: Breast Milk (Luke nurses before his afternoon nap.)
Dinner Day 1: Grilled chicken, grapes, broccoli, and peas
Here he is enjoying his food. I can’t remember why he wasn’t wearing any clothes for dinner this night!
He ate everything you see on the original plate plus seconds of everything. Then we were out of food and he was still asking for more so I fed him a banana. I think this night was a preview of his teenage years!
Breakfast Day 2: Breast milk followed by 2-ingredient sweet potato pancakes
These are one of Luke’s very favorite foods and I make them every week. I don’t have any more pictures, but he ate the four small pancakes you see, plus two more.
Lunch Day 2: a few of these Happy Creamies Organic Veggie and Fruit Snacks with Coconut Milk, beets roasted in coconut oil, white beans, blueberries, and watermelon.
Luke was super fussy while I was getting his lunch ready, so I gave him a few of little coconut milk fruit snacks (they are similar to the yogurt melt things) that I keep on hand for emergencies. 🙂
I gave him the creamies because I thought the fussiness meant he was hungry, but I guess I was wrong as he just picked at his lunch.
He gets water with every meal. I don’t plan on serving him any milk outside of nursing.
Snack Day 2: Breast milk
We were having a pasta dish with cauliflower and red bell peppers that also had parmesan cheese, so I just set portions of it aside for Luke before I added the cheese. I added the sour dough with sunflower seed butter to his meal because he didn’t eat much at lunch and I thought he’d be extra hungry. It turns out he wasn’t and hardly ate any of his dinner. He was really fussy again so I didn’t get a picture.
The next day he had a fever and wasn’t well, so I think his last two meals of not eating much and his fussiness were indicative of his getting sick. I thought about redoing the pictures another day, but I know it’s not totally abnormal for a toddler to have a lower-intake food day, so I kept his pre-sick day foods on here.
Overall, these two days give a pretty good picture of what Luke eats. I hope you find it helpful!