Oct 012016

The other day I posted a sample menu of what my toddler eats in a day. It felt great to hear feedback from mommies who found it useful and even inspiring. Thank you, ladies!

I’d like to continue that thread with this sample menu of what my Little B ate today. You’ll notice this menu is quite different than the one I posted before. That’s because our household is a blend of Puerto Rican, Indian and Mediterranean influences. Naturally, our food choices reflect our cultures.

Today I just happened to be craving Puerto Rican food so that’s what we ate all day long (with the exception of breakfast, aka my ”hippy” breakfast according to my husband).

Take a look:

What My 15-Month Old Toddler Ate Today (Latin Menu)

cubed peach (while I finished getting breakfast ready)
oatmeal with cinnamon, brown sugar and chia seeds (cooked with milk)
small piece of toast with grass-fed butter

cherry tomatoes, quartered (while I finished getting lunch ready)
Puerto Rican-style chicken cacciatore (braised chicken, potatoes, carrots, olives and sofrito)
dark chocolate covered coconut (about 5 little pieces)

banana milkshake (just milk, very ripe banana and a dash of vanilla extract)
1-2 crackers (export soda crackers)

cubed mango (while I finished getting dinner ready)
arroz con gandules (Puerto Rican yellow rice and peas)
cucumber salad (thinly sliced English cucumber with a sprinkle of Himalayan salt and a tiny drizzle of extra virgin olive oil – she likes when the cucumbers have ‘wilted’)

As I reflect on this menu I realize my Little B had a few indulgences today. Dark chocolate covered coconut? I was enjoying it with my coffee and it was too delicious not to share. Plus, dark chocolate is so much better for her than the regular stuff.

She also enjoyed a banana milkshake. It didn’t contain any added sugar so I don’t feel guilty about it. We had ripe bananas lying around and I didn’t want them to go to waste. The banana milkshake was the perfect treat on a hot day.

I make a point of telling you this so you realize that my menus simply depend on what I have on hand. Most of the time I’m improvising or following cravings. So I hope you work with what you’ve got, be flexible and feel proud that you are doing your best to feed your baby and your family. Did the family eat too many carbs or a bit of junk food? Don’t beat yourself up. Remember, tomorrow is another day!

What do you think? Would you serve your baby any of these foods? Would you like me to share the recipes? Let me know!

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