11 Month Food Update...
Before I had Henry I thought I would be one of those moms who always had the time to make my own baby food, meal prep, etc. Jokes on me. Yes, I do still have days when I can meal prep some carrots, broccoli, or sweet potatoes. But lately... Henry’s diet consists of string cheese, Annie’s cheddar crackers, pouched baby food and clementines haha. I often get asked what our go to snacks and meals are around the 10 month - 1 year mark. So today I am sharing our current day-day food schedule!
Our mornings usually start at around 5 am... Henry eventually drags me out of bed haha... Not kidding. He will pull on my hair and throw a tantrum until I bring him to the living room/kitchen. This is when we turn on Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. Some of you understand that that theme song will forever be stuck in your head. M-I-C-K-E-Y....... Anyways, we turn on MMCH and the coffee maker at the same time haha. I typically stick Henry in the highchair with some animal crackers, milk, a cheese stick or some pretzel sticks while I make his eggs. These are our morning go to’s for food!
- animal crackers (we buy a huge tub from Trader Joe’s)
- 2 scrambled eggs (yes, Henry eats TWO most mornings!)
- mini bagels (we buy ours at trader joes)
- chicken/turkey sausage (costco)
- Stonyfield baby yogurt
He doesn’t eat all of these in one sitting but we try to keep all of them on hand at all times just in case. If he doesn’t eat his breakfast in the mornings then it’s a struggle to put him down for his first nap, because he is still hungry.
After his first nap of the day (usually he wakes up around 9:30/10:30) we will eat an early lunch. Judge away.... This usually consists of either leftovers from the day before or the following...
- Annie’s Mac n Cheese
- Turkey Meatballs (from Trader Joe’s)
- Tortellini (from Trader Joe’s)
- String Cheese
- Mashed Sweet Potatoes (I make them mashed using the Stony Field greek yogurt)
- Steamed Carrots/Broccoli (for the carrots and broccoli you can prep them for a couple of days by baking them in the oven with seasoning and keeping them in the fridge)
- Ground Turkey (I make a big pan of it so we can have burrito bowls for dinner at night.)
In between lunch and dinner we love to snack. I try to keep all different types of fruit on hand. If it was up to Henry I guarantee his diet would consist of Chickfila, string cheese, pirate booty, and apple juice hahahaha.
I try to feed him as many solids before Josh gets home from work/bathtime. This way he consumes less formula/milk before bedtime and he wakes up less from wet diapers.
- If he hasn’t had sweet potatoes for lunch, this is the time I will try to feed them.
- If we don’t have any leftovers, I will end up feeding him the baby food pouch to try and fill him up before bathtime
- Another favorite of ours is bananas. They’re filled with so much nutrition and they’re personally my go to in the mornings to fill me up.
- This is also the time where we will try to feed him some of our own dinner which is usually ground turkey in a “taco flavor” or spaghetti. He loves anything with a tomato base.
What to eat when we go out
Josh and I LOVE food. We love trying new restaurants and new cuisine whenever we can. I’ll share a few chains restaurants we go to and what we order at each...
- Nordstrom Cafe - They have delicious chicken tenders (kids menu) that you can get with a side of heirloom potatoes and green beans. Henry loves to feed himself with the green beans. If he isn’t too hungry, I will order the blackened salmon caesar salad and feed him my salmon and a side of tomato bisque soup.
- Red Robin (burgers) For a burger chain they actually have very healthy kid options. We will either order the meatballs on a stick or the chicken tenders with a side of broccoli.
- ChickfilA - We order an 8 or 12 count of chicken nuggets and split them. I will usually only give him half a nugget at a time. This is our go to when we our having a crazy day and we’ve been in the car all day running errands.
- Chipotle - We keep it simple and order a cheese quesadilla with a side of guacamole. I will cut the quesadilla into smaller pieces and dip them into the guac for him.
I might sound like a broken record but this is the truth. Every child is different. I have moms always messaging me asking how do I get Henry to eat broccoli... Honestly, I have no clue. There’s no hidden secret. We try to feed him an assortment of different foods and sometimes he ends up with chicken nuggets and that’s ok! Comment below with your food ideas or if you have any questions that I missed!