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Backyard BBQ Season is on Its Way Back

There are few things I love more than spending the day outside, throwing together a couple of salads, and finishing the day off with a barbecue in the backyard.  And thanks to our gorgeous Vancouver weather and Miss G’s request to eat dinner outside, today was the first of the season.

IMG 6517Dinner for three.

IMG 6517Spinach and baby kale salad, barbecued chicken, parmesan cauliflower mash, Israeli couscous and avocado salad.

IMG 6523Filthy, hungry, and happy.

IMG 6525Backyard barbecue season is on its way back.  Yay for that.

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Toddler Food: What Miss G Eats {27 – Valentine’s Edition}

IMG 5481Breakfast // Heart-shaped wholewheat flax oat pancakes with a tiny drizzle of pure maple syrup.  Strawberry hearts.

IMG 5484Special drink // Frothy strawberry milk (made with freeze-dried strawberries) with heart-shaped milk ice cubes.

IMG 5512Lunch // Veggie and wild rice soup with heart-shaped carrots (aka “love soup” according to Grae).

IMG 5528Dinner // Roasted veggie and feta pizza on a thin wholewheat crust.


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Toddler Food: What Miss G Eats {26}

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The one question I get asked as a mom, far more than anything else is, “How do you get Gracen to eat the way she does?”  And the usual follow-up questions include, “Has she always been open to trying new foods and flavours?”  and “Is there anything she doesn’t like?!”  

While I’ve given my take on it here and there in the comments sections of my Toddler Food posts, I’ve never included the answer in an actual post because the truth is, I don’t really know how she became such a good eater. {And perhaps I’m a wee bit afraid of talking about it too much and jinxing it all. ☺}  Is it because of the way we introduced food to her?  Is it because of the way we currently handle meal times and eating in general?  Was she just born a good eater?  Likely it’s a combination of all of those things…  But I can’t be sure.  

That being said, since I continue to get requests for eating tips each week, I’m going to share what we did and what works for us.  

It all started while I was pregnant actually…  Other than the first few weeks, I had a really good pregnancy.  I felt well and could eat {small portions} of anything I wanted (other than meat) without feeling sick, so I made sure to nourish our growing baby the best I could while she was still in the womb.  Right away, I cut out all refined sugars, caffeine, and unhealthy fats.  I filled my diet with healthy fruits, veggies, whole grains, beans and nuts, and ate a variety of flavours, spices, herbs. (Did you know that your baby tastes the flavours of what you eat through the amniotic fluid?  They do!  Cool, eh?)  And I continued to do the same once she was born so that she’d still be experiencing a wide variety of flavours through the breast milk she was drinking.  

When she was 6 1/2 months old and we decided to introduce solids, I made all of her food at home and included those same herbs, spices, and flavourings she’d already become accustomed to into her first foods (bananas with cinnamon, carrots with dill, spinach with nutmeg, and curried chicken were some of her favourites).  During our brief time with purees, I also made sure to vary the textures of the foods so that everything wasn’t always just smooth – some were slightly chunky, others were quite chunky, and she got used to them all from the get go.

After eating purees for about a month, we basically transitioned her over to a baby-led weaning style of eating.  I ensured that our food was fresh, flavourful, and full of variation, as well as free of salt, sugar, and unhealthy fats, and she began eating chunks of our family meal (no separate “kid food” here!) from about 7 1/2 or 8 months on.

There have definitely been things she hasn’t liked along the way.  Potatoes (of any sort) were a big flop for a long time, she had a short stint of not enjoying cheese, and she’s never liked raw tomatoes (but then again, I don’t blame her for that one – they’re one of the few foods I despise also!)  Right now, she’s not a fan of raw leafy greens though she happily ate them from the age of 1 until just after 2.  Do we force her to eat the things she doesn’t like or want?  Absolutely not.  But we don’t stop offering them either.  To this day, I’ll still put a grape tomato on her plate if they’re part of the meal we’re eating.  And no, she never eats the whole thing, but sometimes she does try them, which is just fine with me.  

There are a few other things we do that I think help Miss G to remain a good eater…  First off, she’s involved in a lot of the cooking and food prep in our house, and I always feel like kids are more likely to eat foods that they’ve helped make.  Secondly, I make one meal and we all sit down and eat together as a family.  No Gracen eats first and we eat once she’s in bed, no separate kid meal, and no television on during meals. She sees us trying new things and she’s usually happy to try them too.  And lastly, and I hope it doesn’t sound too harsh, there’s no other option available if you don’t want to eat the meal that’s been prepared.  She never has to eat if she doesn’t want to, but we won’t give her a bowl of yogurt or a banana or something else in place of the meal she has in front of her.  If she wants to be done and hasn’t eaten a whole lot, we simply save the meal for her to come back to later when she’s feeling hungry.

Now we just have to hope that I haven’t jinxed it all and she continues to be a fantastic little eater. ☺

Alright, so after that long-winded explanation, here’s some of what our little lady has eaten lately…

IMG 2584Breakfast // Wholewheat bagel with cream cheese and avocado slices.  Kiwi slices.  Red grapes.

IMG 2781Breakfast // Baked blueberry oatmeal with organic milk.

IMG 3114Breakfast // Wholewheat oat flax pancake.  Scrambled eggs with garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, and feta.  Plain organic yogurt.

IMG 3158Breakfast // Organic multigrain cereal with hemp hearts, chia seeds, frozen blueberries, and organic milk.

IMG 3396Breakfast // Toasted sovital with all-natural peanut butter.  Banana coins.  Honey mandarin.

IMG 3600Breakfast // Scrambled parmesan basil eggs.  Panfries.  Honey mandarin.  All-natural chicken sausage.

IMG 3159Snacks {on the go} // Raw almonds.  Fresh avocado.  Red grapes.  Snap peas.  Old cheddar.  Organic wild rice sticks.

IMG 2581Lunch // Wholewheat rotini with toasted almonds, sautéed spinach, and feta.

IMG 2778{Weekend} Lunch // Assorted crackers with baked garlic and sun-dried tomato brie.  Avocado, Asian melon, and celery with mediterranean hummus.  Kiwi quarters and pomegranate seeds.

IMG 2975Lunch // Organic egg salad in a mini wholewheat pita.  Carrots, snap peas, peppers, and avocado with all-natural dip.

IMG 3054Lunch {on the go} // Peppers and carrots.  Baby mandarin.  “Lulu mix” (almonds, kamut puffs, organic raisins, freeze-dried raspberries, and organic o’s).  Almond butter and hemp hearts on wholewheat pumpkin seed yogurt bread.  Cheddar cubes.  Black beans.

IMG 2586Lunch // Harvest grains.  Sauteed kale.  Grilled chicken breast.  Steamed beets.

IMG 2749Lunch // Spicy tomato soup with fresh parmesan and parsley. Multigrain crackers.  Carrot sticks and humus.

IMG 3330Lunch {on the go} // Boiled organic egg.  Tofu cubes.  Plain yogurt with cinnamon.  Apple sandwich with almond butter, chia seeds, and old-fashioned oats.  Pepper strips.  Avocado.

IMG 3383Lunch // Tuna salad and sprouts on flax seed bread.  Avocado.  Apple and kiwi slices.  Baby mandarin.

IMG 3706Lunch // Black bean veggie quesadillas.  Kiwi slices.  Watermelon spears.

IMG 3446Dinner // Mulligatawny soup.  All-natural turkey, spinach, colby, and avocado on multi-seed bread.  Cucumber slices.

IMG 2779Dinner // North Shore Mama‘s salmon tacos.  (YUM!)

IMG 3519Dinner // {Turkey} Lasagna soup.

IMG 2887Dinner // {Turkey} Shepherd’s pie.

IMG 3033Dinner // Israeli couches with steamed veggies and feta.  Grilled chicken breast.

IMG 3091Dinner // All-natural apple chardonnay chicken sausage.  Steamed broccoli.  Dilly carrots.  Roasted potatoes.

IMG 3093Dinner // Ravioli with a spicy cream sauce.  Coleslaw with fresh herbs and sunflower seeds.  Veggies and humus.

IMG 3279Dinner // Brown rice with steamed veggies and tofu.

IMG 3328Dinner // Potato and leek soup.  Spinach salad with edamame, avocado, and sunflower seeds.  Grilled white cheddar on Ezekiel 4:9 bread.

IMG 3482Dinner // {Take out} Thai green curry on coconut rice.

IMG 3485Dinner // Grilled chicken with tzatziki.  Garlic and parmesan roasted Brussels sprouts.  Roasted baby potatoes.

IMG 3480Dessert // No-sugar peanut butter chia cookies.


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Toddler Food: What Miss G Eats {25}

Toddler FoodIMG 2207Breakfast // Organic shredded wheat cereal with hemp hearts, frozen blueberries, fresh raspberries, and organic milk.

IMG 2502Breakfast // French toast (made with omega seed bread) with plain organic yogurt, frozen blueberries, a TINY drizzle of pure maple syrup, and a sprinkling of cinnamon.

IMG 2318Breakfast // Wholewheat cinnamon raisin English muffin with all-natural peanut butter.  Kiwi slices.  Fresh raspberries.

IMG 2128Breakfast // Parmesan basil scrambled eggs.  Homestyle potatoes with onions and peppers.  Flaxseed toast.

IMG 2434Breakfast // Wholewheat raspberry scone.  Kiwi slices.  Fresh raspberries.  Raspberry tea.

IMG 1789Breakfast // Flaxseed toast with all-natural peanut butter, chia seeds, and hemp hearts.

IMG 1509Breakfast // Wholewheat ‘Gracen’ pancakes.

IMG 0892Lunch  // Southwest turkey chili with sour cream.  Avocado couscous salad.

IMG 2431Lunch // Black bean veggie quesadilla on an Ezekiel 4:9 tortilla with sour cream and fresh avocado.

IMG 2210Lunch // Parmesan and avocado toast. Carrot sticks and hummus.  Apple slices.

IMG 2029Lunch // Wholewheat elk pasta with baby peas, edamame beans, and fresh parmesan.

IMG 1162Lunch // Chicken, tofu, and veggie stir-fry on fresh rice noodles.

IMG 1534Lunch // Curried tuna and apple salad on a tomato wrap.  Red pepper slices.  Roasted squash.

IMG 1787Lunch // Potato and leek soup with chickpeas and veggies.  Wholewheat naan.

IMG 2119Dinner // Wholewheat spaghetti with spicy turkey tomato sauce and fresh parmesan.  Roasted Brussels sprouts.

IMG 2127Dinner // Creamy corn and veggie soup.  Multi-seed flatbread with humus.

IMG 2267Dinner // Harvest grains, steamed veggies, and sesame tempeh.

IMG 2317Dinner // Parmesan and walnut encrusted chicken.  Roasted Brussels sprouts.  Roasted golden beets with feta.  Cheese ravioli with herbs and spices brought home from Italy.

IMG 2500Dinner // Tuscan sausage soup with shell pasta, spinach, and white beans.  Parmesan rye spears.  

IMG 3154Dinner // Homemade pizza (BBQ chicken and roasted veggie and feta).

IMG 2528Dinner // Wholewheat penne with tomato basil turkey sauce and feta.


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Toddler Food: What Miss G Eats {24}

Toddler FoodAnother week, another Toddler Food post…  But before we get on with the photos, here’s a question I received last week:

What is Miss G’s eating schedule? How many meals does she eat per day? And how much milk does she drink? Do you limit it?

Alright, this one is actually pretty simple.  Gracen eats 3 full meals a day, plus morning and afternoon snacks.  As far as a schedule goes, she eats breakfast a little while after she wakes up, which normally ends up being around 7:30 a.m.  Then, a couple of hours later, around 9:30 or 10:00, she has a small snack… Usually something like fruit slices, raw veggies, or nuts.  By the time noon rolls around, she’s ready for lunch.  We eat, clean up, do our regular nap time routine, and then she goes to sleep.  She normally sleeps from about 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., and when she wakes up, she’s ready for her afternoon snack.  Later on in the evening, normally just before 6:00, we have dinner, and that’s her last meal for the day.  

As far as milk is concerned, yes, we absolutely limit her intake.  She loves good, healthy foods, but that’s not to say that she wouldn’t fill up on milk if it was limitless.  She has milk 3 times a day – with breakfast, after her nap, and with dinner.  For each serving she gets a small cup, about half full, and other than that, she drinks water.

Alright… I hope that answers that!  Now onto what Miss G’s been eating lately…

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Breakfast // Wholewheat lemon poppy seed pancakes with stewed raspberries.

IMG 0778Breakfast // Organic multigrain o’s with sliced almonds and frozen blueberries (a Gracen favourite).

IMG 1163Breakfast // Wholewheat banana blueberry muffin.  Kiwi slices.

IMG 0970Breakfast // Avocado omega seed toast.  Granny smith apples with all-natural peanut butter.

IMG 1511Breakfast // Wholewheat flax oat pancakes (she asked for FIVE and ate every last bite). Kiwi slices.

IMG 2076Breakfast // Banana blueberry baked oatmeal with organic milk.

IMG 1946Breakfast // Plain organic yogurt with sliced almonds and pomegranate seeds.

IMG 0688Lunch // Mexican couscous with black beans, veggies, and fresh avocado.  Shredded chicken breast.

IMG 0695Lunch // Homemade chicken veggie soup.  Broiled parmesan multigrain toast.

IMG 1200Lunch // Cheese ravioli with basil, sun-dried tomatoes, and feta.  Roasted carrots with fresh dill.

IMG 0892Lunch // Southwest turkey chili with organic sour cream.  Cilantro lime couscous salad with red peppers and avocado.IMG 0777Lunch // Chicken wild rice soup.

IMG 0963Dinner // Roasted garlic broccoli. Cheese-filled veggie tortellini with chicken tomato basil sauce.

IMG 0968Dinner // Spinach ricotta veggie lasagna.

IMG 1162Dinner // Chicken, tofu, and veggie stir-fry with fresh asian noodles.

IMG 0467Dinner // Roasted herbed chicken.  Potato crisps.  Roasted butternut squash and carrots.  Stir-fried garlic asian melon.

IMG 2030Dinner // Butter chicken on brown rice, black barley, and daikon radish seeds.  Garlic naan.  Steamed broccoli.

IMG 0474Dinner // Roasted herbed chicken.  Brown rice medley.  Snap peas.  Steamed beets.

IMG 0966Dessert // Frozen banana bites.

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Toddler Food: What Miss G Eats {23: Halloween Edition}

Whether it’s Valentine’s Day, St. Patricks Day, or Halloween, one of the things I love most about holidays is preparing special themed meals and snacks for our little lady.  Here is some Halloween-inspired food she enjoyed this year…

IMG 1508Breakfast // Wholewheat flax spiderweb pancakes. (Just put your pancake batter into a squeeze bottle, use it to draw an asterisk, then connect the points with swooped lines.)

IMG 1755Snack // Jack-o-lantern oranges. (G seriously couldn’t get enough of these.  Simply draw a face on a room temperature orange with black Sharpie.  I did mine just before giving them to her – I don’t know what I’m talking about, but I’m not especially keen on the possibility of the marker fumes seeping through the peel.)

IMG 1362Lunch // {A slightly scary-looking} Jack-o-lantern quesadilla. (Just 2 red or orange tortilla shells cut by hand – think kitchen scissors – some cheese, black beans, and veggies.)

IMG 1756Snack // Home roasted pumpkin seeds.

IMG 1536Dinner // Roasted pumpkin soup with goat cheese, fresh parsley, and a grilled cheese on the side. (Not overly Halloween-ish, but you see what I’m going for, right?)

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Toddler Food: What Miss G Eats {22}

Toddler FoodIMG 0141Breakfast // Wholewheat oat flax pancakes with all-natural almond butter and fresh strawberries.

IMG 0687Breakfast // Spinach, sun-dried tomato, and garlic organic eggs. Kiwi slices. Avocado spears. Omega seed toast.

IMG 0690Breakfast // All-natural peanut butter banana bites topped with freeze-dried raspberries, raisins, organic o’s, and freeze-dried blueberries.

IMG 0074Breakfast // Cinnamon pumpkin seed breakfast cookie. Green grapes.

IMG 0696Breakfast // Peanut butter banana oatmeal.

IMG 0078Breakfast // Poached organic egg on omega seed toast. Green grapes. Berry kale smoothie.

IMG 9508Lunch // Quinoa veggie soup. Grilled cheddar sandwich on multigrain flax.

IMG 9635Lunch // Pasta with green beans, toasted pine nuts, and feta.

IMG 9636Snacks & Lunch {on the go} // Raw almonds. Organic egg salad roll up. Banana. Apple. Red grapes. Homemade cinnamon crisps. Carrot sticks. Purple pepper slices.

IMG 0384Lunch // All-natural low-sodium turkey, cheddar, and spinach on omega flax bread. Orange segments.

IMG 0243Lunch // Wholewheat couscous and black bean salad with cheddar, avocado, and fresh cilantro.

IMG 0178Lunch // Black bean veggie quesadilla with sour cream and tomatillo salsa.  Avocado chunks.

IMG 9584Lunch // Vegan potato leek soup with chickpeas and baby green peas.

IMG 9823Dinner // Chicken and veggie stir fry on brown rice.

IMG 9765Dinner // Creamy turkey tortellini and fresh feb soup. Grilled cheddar on omega seed bread.

IMG 9916Dinner // Spicy veggie laksa.

IMG 0028Dinner // Southwest turkey chili with cheddar, fresh cilantro, and avocado.

IMG 0050Dinner // Smashed garden potatoes.  All-natural spinach and feta chicken sausage.  Edamame and carrot coins. Steamed broccoli with feta.

IMG 0111Dinner // Salsa baked chicken. Steamed garden carrots. Orzo with feta and toasted pine nuts.

IMG 0137Dinner // Roasted halibut. Beet walnut salad.  Herbed harvest grains.

IMG 0439Dinner // Amita’s Indian curry on brown rice, black barley, and daikon radish seeds.

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Toddler Food: What Miss G Eats {21}

Another Toddler Food post!  I’m still playing catch up a little bit, so many of these photos are from the end of summer when our house was ridiculously hot and my motivation to cook was nearly non-existent.  Now that autumn is officially here though, I’m looking forward to spending more time in the kitchen again, experimenting with some new meal ideas and whipping up some old favourites with my favourite little sous chef. ☺

IMG 8210Breakfast // Plain organic whole milk yogurt with diced apples and a generous sprinkle of cinnamon.

IMG 9730Breakfast // Peanut butter and apple salad (chopped apples, grapes, and bananas topped with all-natural peanut butter/plain yogurt/vanilla ‘dressing’ and peanuts).

IMG 8149Breakfast // Organic whole grain low-sugar cereal with raw walnuts, frozen blueberries, and organic whole milk.

IMG 8495Breakfast // Overnight coconut chia pudding (coconut milk, chia seeds, and vanilla stored overnight in the fridge and topped with almonds in the morning – adding mango is delicious too!)

IMG 8208Snack // Local pears.

IMG 9496Snack // No added sugar banana nut muffin.

IMG 8550Snacks & Lunch {on the go} // Apple and orange slices.  Marble cheese cubes.  Wholewheat flax blueberry muffin.  Shredded chicken. Garden peas. Cottage cheese.

IMG 8496Lunch {on the go} // Tofu cubes. Apple chunks. Orange slices. Baby cucumber. Almond butter roll-up. Red pepper slices.

IMG 9444Lunch // Wholewheat veggie mac and cheese (the sauce is made of all-natural sharp cheddar, carrots, zucchini, squash, onion, and herbs).

IMG 8290Lunch // Veggies and jalapeño humus.  Leftover homemade pizza.  Fresh fig.

IMG 8970Lunch // Wholewheat red lentil mac and cheese.  Roasted rainbow carrots. Steamed beets.

IMG 9361Lunch {on the go} // Raw almonds. Chicken and Israeli couscous salad. Freeze-dried bananas and berries. Ice water. Fresh peaches.

IMG 9442{Picnic} Lunch {for two} // Raw almonds.  Apple slices and peach chunks. Veggies and roasted red paper humus.  Fruit and veggie bars. Turkey and avocado roll-ups.

IMG 8148Dinner // Turkey tortellini with homemade veggie-packed tomato sauce.

IMG 8606Dinner // Turkey, spinach, and pasta soup.

IMG 8653Dinner // Roasted carrots and green beans.  Lemon and dill salmon.  Smashed potatoes.

IMG 8982Dinner // Southwest turkey chili with fresh avocado.  Kale chips.

IMG 9387Dinner {on a ‘our house is too hot to actually cook’ night} // Curried pea and almond salad.  Turkey, spinach, and feta Israeli couscous salad.

IMG 9465Dinner // Baked chicken tender. Homemade honey mustard sauce. Corn on the cob. Veggie mac and cheese.

IMG 8209Dinner // Broccoli, green bean, and almond Israeli couscous salad with grilled chicken.

IMG 8291Dessert // Blueberry popsicle.

IMG 8654Dessert // Strawberries and freshly-picked blackberries with cream.

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Toddler Food: What Miss G Eats {20}

Wow… It’s been a while… A very loooong while since I put together a Toddler Food post, but here’s hoping they’ll be posted on a weekly basis again. Here’s some of what Miss G has been eating in {semi} recent days…

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IMG 7967Breakfast // All-natural cream cheese on a 4 seed wholewheat bagel thin. Cantaloupe sticks.

IMG 7085Breakfast // Bear toast (multigrain flax bread, all-natural peanut butter, bananas, and raisins).

IMG 7738Breakfast // Plain organic whole milk yogurt with fresh strawberries, blueberries, and sliced almonds.

IMG 7730Breakfast // Baked blueberry banana currant oatmeal with whole organic milk.

IMG 7260Breakfast // Eggs ole. Country-style potatoes. Toasted squirrelly bread.

IMG 7878Breakfast // Shredded organic wheat with walnuts, almonds, strawberries, and blueberries.

IMG 7739Breakfast // Toasted omega seed bread with all-natural cream cheese and strawberry slices.  Raw almonds.

IMG 8149Breakfast // Low-sugar organic cereal with walnuts and frozen blueberries.

IMG 7236Snack // Apple chunks. Wholewheat pita crisps broiled with havarti.

IMG 7330Snack // Nectarine apricot apple sauce.

IMG 7079Lunch // Turkey, rice, spinach tomato soup.

IMG 7120Lunch // Wholewheat pasta with spinach asiago pesto and baby peas.

IMG 7483Lunch // Roasted salmon and mozzarella sandwich.  Veggies and dilly yogurt dip.

IMG 7968Lunch // Greek wholewheat couscous salad with avocado.  Orange slices and grapes.

IMG 7734Lunch // Curried apple tuna on omega seedy bread.  Red peppers and blueberries.

IMG 7124Lunch // Spicy Asian noodle salad with grilled breaded chicken.  Sugar snaps and avocado spears.

IMG 7879Lunch // Organic veggie shells and cheese with tuna, steamed broccoli, and carrots.

IMG 7947Lunch // Greek rice. Steamed broccoli.  Avocado. Chicken souvlaki. Lemon roasted potatoes.

IMG 7809Snacks & Lunch {on the go} // All-natural peanut butter and granny smith sandwich. Fresh strawberries and blueberries.  Sugar snaps. Raw almonds and walnuts. Old cheddar cubes. Red pepper slices.

IMG 8000Lunch // Veggie sandwich on multigrain (cream cheese, cucumber, red onion, red pepper, and avocado).  Watermelon sticks. Gouda cubes.

IMG 7070Dinner // Spicy black bean and chicken rice bowl with avocado and sour cream.

IMG 7360Dinner // Steamed broccoli, beets, and carrots.  Lemon and herb salmon.  Fresh spinach pasta.

IMG 7970Dinner // Chicken souvalki. Pita. Greek salad. Lemon roasted potatoes. Greek rice.

IMG 7862Dinner // Roasted Carrots, onions, and garlic. Wholewheat couscous.  Lemon and herb roasted chicken.

IMG 7451Dinner // All-natural turkey kolbassa.  Cottage cheese perogy with sour cream. Roasted brussel sprouts. Steamed spinach with balsamic and feta.

IMG 8063Dinner // Tempeh and veggie stir fry on brown rice.

IMG 7966Dinner // Wholewheat couscous.  Barbecued chicken and veggie skewer.  Fresh avocado with cilantro dressing.

IMG 7083Dessert// Two ingredient ice cream with a strawberry on top.

IMG 7119Dessert // Two ingredient strawberry creamsicle.

IMG 8103Dessert // Vanilla, peanut butter, and jam ice cream.


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Toddler Food: What Miss G Eats {19}

Here’s our 19th round of Toddler Food…  Crazy!  I got a question a little while ago, and I thought I’d share.

I know that your daughter eats healthy foods, but can you share your “food philosophy” when it comes to feeding her? What do you try to avoid? Does she ever get treats? If so, what?

This question kind of made me giggle because I can just see my brother and sister-in-law rolling their eyes as I explain what’s important to us when choosing what to feed Gracen.  Of course, I believe that every parent has the right to make the choices that they feel are best for their children, but this is a loose explanation of our ‘food philosophy’…

When it comes to feeding Grae, we quite possibly could be referred to as tree-huggin’ granola crunchers (yes, we’re those parents).  We do our very best to ensure that she eats nutritious, whole foods and balanced meals.  We try to avoid added sugar and added salt at all costs and choose organic products when we can.

Other than sugar and salt, we try to avoid pre-made and packaged foods that are often filled with preservatives, chemicals, colours, and ingredients that are hard to pronounce. We don’t do fast food and although we’ve allowed her to try organic fresh-squeezed juices a couple of times, we don’t normally do juice either (she’s not a fan, which makes this very easy).

On the topic of treats… Yes, Gracen certainly gets them! But here’s the thing… The word ‘treat’ is very subjective and can mean different things to different families.  It’s all about what you know well and eat regularly.  For Grae, treats include no-sugar-added dried fruit, freeze-dried fruit, healthy homemade popsicles, two ingredient ice cream, crackers, homemade muffins, no-sugar added fruit leather, blueberry milk (her regular milk with frozen blueberries blended in), and anything else that is sort of out of the ordinary.  While other kids may not consider these things treats, Gracen does because they are things she only has once and a while.

I hope that covers the question!  Now onto the food…

IMG 6694Breakfast // Zucchini fritter. Okanagan cherries. Banana almond oatmeal smoothie (with added chia).

IMG 6718Breakfast // Pumpkin pie steel cut oats with plain organic yogurt and crushed pecans. 

IMG 6920Breakfast // Toasted wholewheat fruit and nut bread with all-natural peanut butter.  Red plum slices.

IMG 7074Breakfast // Banana walnut steel cut oats with organic whole milk.

IMG 6904Snack // Crispy asiago edamame beans.

IMG 7042Snack // Garden mint (yes, she eats it on its own – weirdo). Garden strawberries.

IMG 7060Snack // Berry yogurt popsicle.

IMG 7073Snack // Red plum slices.

IMG 6643Lunch // Chicken enchilada. Refried beans. Avocado salad.

IMG 6719Lunch // Egg salad on omega sprouted grain bread. Veggie almond Israeli couscous salad. Fruit salad with lime mint dressing.

IMG 6910Lunch // Organic veggie pasta with roasted red pepper sauce and freshly grated asiago. Crispy asiago edamame.

IMG 6661{A random} Lunch // Edamame beans. Avocado. Mary’s Organic Crackers and jalapeño jack cheese. Blackberries. Mini wholewheat flax pancakes. Walnuts.

IMG 6721{Picnic} Lunch // Apple curry tuna salad in a wholewheat wrap. Crackers and cheese. Snap peas. Apple and orange slices. Odwalla Superfood Smoothie.

IMG 6650Dinner // Herb encrusted chicken breast. Wholewheat gnocchi with roasted red pepper sauce. Stewed garlic spinach.

IMG 6692Dinner {on a very hot day} // Quinoa fruit salad with lime mint dressing. Fresh veggies.

IMG 6717Dinner {on another very hot day} // Veggie almond Israeli couscous salad.

IMG 6919Dinner // Turkey oat sliders with fresh avocado, onion, garden lettuce, and old cheddar.

IMG 6957Dinner // Barbecued chicken. Green salad with seeds.  Roasted peppers, potatoes, and onions.

IMG 6651Dessert // Two ingredient mango ice cream (made using the same technique as regular two ingredient ice cream, but with fresh mango and yogurt).

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