Now that she is no longer nursing, Bonnie is eating SO MUCH. There are some days I feel like I can’t keep up with her appetite! She doesn’t eat a whole lot at a time, but she eats so often throughout the day… as in, five and six times!
Her favorite foods lately are bananas (she especially loves them with almond butter,) grilled chicken, eggs, and raisins. She also loves smoothies, which thrills me, because smoothies are the only way she eats most vegetables, and they’re also an easy way to make sure she’s getting enough protein and fat.
Bonnie is usually ready for breakfast the moment she wakes up, and breakfast is one of Bonnie’s biggest meals. When I am rushed or unprepared, I can always serve her scrambled eggs with a side of fruit, and she’s satisfied. But we also have several other “go-to” meals that Bonnie and I can both enjoy together.
2) Smoothie Bowl– Basically a smoothie, but thicker, and with fun toppings. The possibilities here are endless. Again, she loves feeding this to herself, out of her pouches, but she will also eat it from a spoon, with a little help from Mom or Dad!
3) 4-Ingredient Pumpkin Pancakes– These are so good, and so easy! You can also make a big batch, freeze the extras, and then thaw them when you’re ready for them.
4) Paleo Egg Muffins– An easy way to stuff little ones full of protein, good fat, and veggies! Eggs are some of Bonnie’s favorites.
5) Banana Snack Muffins– Bananas are another favorite food of Bonnie’s. These are easy to make, and also easy to freeze and then grab on the fly.
Since Bonnie typically wakes up for the day around 6:00/6:30, I usually make breakfast in the evening, put it in the fridge, and then heat it quickly in the morning while Bonnie is drinking her bottle. This way I don’t have to wake up earlier than her in order to have her breakfast ready.
If any of you have healthy, toddler-friendly breakfast (or lunch or dinner) ideas, I’d love to hear them!
And speaking of toddler, I cannot believe that Bonnie is creeping nearer and nearer to toddlerhood. After sending out her birthday invitations earlier in the week, I sat down last night to make her this:
I really wanted to have a sign like this to use for her 1-year old pictures, but I didn’t want to spend the money to buy one. To make Bonnie’s, all I had to buy was the $9 foam board. I used metallic permanent markers, some blue paint, a pencil, and an empty frame that I already had on hand. There are certainly some imperfections, but overall, I’m pleased with the final product!