What Does Isabelle Eat? 2/2/15
About 6 weeks ago, I started a new series on my Instagram account (@considertheleafturned) called What Does Isabelle Eat? (#WhatDoesIsabelleEat). I get questions all of the time about how we are choosing to feed our daughter and I thought it would be helpful to share some of her everyday meals.
I did write a post (Paleo Baby: Teaching My Daughter the Love of Real Food) back in the fall about our approach to feeding Isabelle real, whole foods and none of the traditional processed baby foods, but thought it may also be helpful to do a recap of what Isabelle is enjoying these days for my blog readers. If you're a parent, you already know that what your child may enjoy one day, she may hate the next, so I'd like to keep a journal of sorts here as we progress through Isabelle's eating habits. My plan is to also share a little more of the why behind our meal choices and provide a weekly round up of Whole30/Paleo meal ideas for toddlers and kids that my fellow mamas and dadas can apply in their every day lives.
For the most part, Isabelle eats whatever we are eating. Since we eat a Whole30/Paleo based diet, it's all nutrient dense food. I try to give Isabelle a fruit/veggie, protein, and fat at every meal. At 15 months old, her current favorites are raspberries and scrambled eggs - she never turns those down!
Here's a recap of some meals she has enjoyed over the last week or so:
Roasted spaghetti squash with a veggie filled organic ground beef sauce
Scrambled eggs cooked in ghee (clarified butter) and an apple
Here's another repeat of spaghetti squash and veggie meat sauce. As you can tell, she likes this meal!
Sweet potato rounds and mini burgers. Also homemade ranch to dip.
Raspberries, sweet potato rounds, and almond flour crusted chicken thighs that I cut into little cubes
Avocado, baked chicken wings, and orange slices
Strawberries and coconut cream
Strawberries and avocado pictured. Not pictured: chicken, coconut butter, and bone broth
They say you're supposed to analyze a toddler's diet by week, instead of by day. While she has her favorites and staples almost daily, I try to vary the foods she's exposed to throughout the week. Based on my memory, below is a summary of the different foods she's consumed in the last week:
Fruits: Raspberries, Bananas, Strawberries, Oranges, Apples
Vegetables: Sweet Potatoes, Spaghetti Squash, Peppers, Onions, Zucchini, Cauliflower, Carrots
Protein: Eggs, Chicken, Beef, Bison, Tuna
Fats: Avocado, Coconut, Ghee, Almond Flour
Liquids: Breast Milk, Bone Broth, Coconut Milk, Water
I think my little Paleo Baby is doing pretty well!
Hope these toddler meal ideas are helpful to other mamas and dadas looking for healthy food choices for their little ones.
Questions? Thoughts? Leave a comment below!