|Very typical lunch for R: garbanzo beans, rice cakes, Japanese |
squash-flavored crackers, mixed vegetables, water. She eats
this at least 2-3 times a week.
But I constantly feel like I'm failing her because what she is offered is inadequate. She eats quite a monotonous diet: cheerios, raisins, beans, milk, mixed vegetables, crackers, rice cakes, apples, yogurt, bread with jam...Nothing is fresh really (beans are canned, vegetables are frozen, etc.) and so it's mostly heavily processed and full of weird chemicals. Then there's all the meals out, where the food is mostly greasy, oily, highly salted or otherwise not healthy (like french fries for dinner, which is what she had on Tuesday). Then there's the frequent candy she gets (whenever I want some, often daily).
It's better than my diet (which is basically highly processed carbohydrates and sugar), but that's really not saying much. I am passing on all my crummy food habits, which makes me feel very sad.
|Poor R has no idea: she thinks it's tasty!|
What do other people do to feed their toddlers? How do you even pull off making/planning a whole selection of nutritionally sound, varied meals (without an oven or any skills)? I really don't know. It seems like many toddlers I know are quite picky (and thus their diet is limited for that reason). I haven't asked my IRL friends about it because honestly I'm too embarrassed to admit I have no idea how to feed my child properly.