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Munchkin Meals 19 Months

Good morning, Ella here! Can you believe I just turned 19 months old the other day? Well it’s true! I keep getting bigger and life keeps getting more and more fun! I think I keep it pretty interesting for my mommy and daddy. Look at me, how can’t they love the adventure I bring to their day!

I love experiencing a wide variety of food—things very interesting because my mommy loves to cook. I play and bring her my babies, she cooks. I taste. I’m down for trying lots of things. Especially when they’re giving out samples at Whole Foods.

I’m just sitting here at my breakfast table with my  buckwheat sunbutter-hemp-apple muffins my mommy makes me. These are slightly similar to the pumpkin muffins she makes but with more hemp, no pumpkin and a few other goodies in there:

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I usually eat two mini muffins for breakfast with melted coconut butter on top.

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And with sippy cup full of hemp milk -and probiotics because my mommy is pretty much obsessed with building a strong immune system for me. That and fats. She loves loading up my food with healthy fats. Toddlers need lots of healthy fats, especially for our growing brains. I don’t mind. Fats are delicious.

My favorite thing to do is snack. I love going in the snack drawer in the kitchen and take out my kale crackers.

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Whenever we go to whole foods and I spot them on the shelf I let it be known that mommy can’t leave without replenishing my stock.

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Lately mommy has been buying me the cheddar flavor, and they are pretty good too!

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(I’m spoiled…they let me & Big Bird watch Barney in their bed eating raw crackers. Don’t tell my mommy that it’s bad parenting and ruin it for me.)

 

I hope Brad chooses me to be his spokes baby; mommy thinks that maybe they would give me a life supply for free. That would be swell. My Aunt Carly babysits me twice a week when mommy works and she asked me if I eat a bag of these a day. I told her that I would if they let me.

I also have really been loving cashews lately too. They are yummy, and a soft enough nut for me to chew up Smile Great snack food in my opinion!

For lunch we usually eat some leftovers, or a few things that we have around. Mommy usually makes me a batch of chicken baked with Kerrygold Irish butter and Borisari seasoning then freezes some. That butter comes from cows that were treated nice who eat grass, not corn and soy, no added hormones. That means it’s also loaded with CLA. That’s something real healthy for me I think. It sounds fancy.

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My favorite vegetables are broccoli and cauliflower. Well, I love asparagus too. And roasted Brussels sprouts. And carrots and peas. Oh, and sweet potatoes. I could eat those out the wah-zoo! Spinach salad is great depending on the dressing. I surprised mommy when I stole half of hers one day. What she has to understand is I just want what she has! And I will eat what I’m exposed to. If she thinks something it super yummy, then I want to try it too! Mommy never makes a big deal out of it, and she never tried to bribe me to eat one food to get another.

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(broccoli sauteed in garlic is the best thing ever.)

I love when mommy gives me choices. My new favorite game is when she makes me a lunch with a variety of things and asks me which one I want next. I’m pretty smart and will pick it in a rotation. Well, sometimes I grab for broccoli twice in a row. Garlic with my trees is my favorite.

(*mommy here-cheese is also Kerrygold, or we buy local organic raw block cheddar,  a few months ago we introduced grass-fed pasture raised cheese and butter. She’s done great and after tons of research we decided to stay away from the cows milk but stick with cheese and butter—easier to digest and when from the right sources have some excellent health benefits!)

After my nap I like to get another little snack.

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Mommy and I will share a big organic apple. She makes me apple sandwiches with sun butter and chia seeds (<-loaded with calcium and healthy fat!).

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Her trick is mixing the chia and the sunbutter together before she spreads it. This way I get all the seeds and it all mixes nice and smooth.

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This goes really well with my second sippy cup of hemp milk.

I am usually covered in it all.

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I love when mommy washes my hands in the sink. I love my sunbutter when I am eating it but boy when I’m done I HATE being all dirty. I want it off right away!

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For dinner we usually have a protein and two veggies. This week we had a treat. Filet Mignon. Mommy doesn’t buy it often because she only buys it from local farms where the cows only eat grass. This way it’s much higher in Omega-3 fats and has less saturated fat, and safer to eat. Cows are supposed to eat grass, not grains. Grains hurt cows stomachs and make them go on antibiotics and do other bad stuff. Those grains too can be loaded with GMO’s too which are also not good. We’re good with eating it less often, as long as it comes the way it is meant to come.

My sweet potatoes and roasted in coconut oil and my cauliflower is steamed (I usually love it roasted in olive oil with garlic…yumm..but this mushy was was good too). If I had to pick, I mean, if I HAD to –I think those two are maybe my favorite to eat. I don’t always finish all of the food on my plate, but I know best how hungry I am, and I usually do a pretty good job of eating a portion that’s best for my little tummy. Mommy doesn’t question me, she just asks to make sure I’m finished before she puts it away. Sometimes I just need a little break then may take a bite or two more when Daddy and I are finished making funny faces each other.

After my bath mommy nurses me before bed. I still nurse before naps too. I think mommy was going to ask you all about tips on weaning but I won’t have it. I love it and have not given mommy any inkling that I’m done. So do me a solid and give her bad advice Winking smile

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So there’s my Munchkin Meals! Thanks so much to Hailey’s mommy for hosting this on her website” A Healthy Slice of Life! Hope to share with you again next month Smile

 

What was  your favorite food when you were my age? What does your baby like to eat?

 

Love,

Ella

 

Mommy recommends this for her mommy friends who asked her tips she read about picky eaters:

8 Things Picky Eaters Wished Their Parents Knew

10 Pitfalls to Avoid when Feeding Picky Eaters

In Child of Mine, Ellyn Satter discusses how kids really do want to eat like their parents, even when it seems otherwise. “Because he thinks that you are great and have all the answers, when he sees you eating green beans he reasons that eating green beans must be the thing to do. You don’t have to say another word. All you have to do is enjoy your green beans. Observing that, your child will assume that someday he, too, will eat green beans.”

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25 Comments

  • Reply Alisa

    You are such a good healthy mommy role model Laury!

    December 6, 2012 at 11:37 am
    • Reply laury

      Thanks, Alisa <3

      December 6, 2012 at 5:11 pm
  • Reply naomi(onefitfoodie)

    Such a cute post!! you are such a great mom, I love following along and seeing ella grow!!

    December 6, 2012 at 12:31 pm
    • Reply laury

      Aww thank you, Naomi! That means a lot!

      December 6, 2012 at 5:11 pm
  • Reply kaity @ kaityscooking

    that was such a cute post!! her meals look so good and balanced, your doing such a good job! and thats great she loves all the foods, my nieces do too except my muffins the other day were banana n strawberry n she took a bite n said i dont want this kt, i cracked up

    December 6, 2012 at 12:54 pm
    • Reply laury

      too cute!hahah..my nephew did that once with something I tried to give him. I was cracking up

      December 6, 2012 at 5:12 pm
  • Reply thehealthyapron

    Love it Laury! I hope Hannah is just like ELla! I’m just starting to think about hwat I want to introduce her to first when she turns 6 months. I’ve got about 6 weeks but still! I’m really excited and can’t wait to see what she likes!

    So fun and very cute post! Miss Ella you are a doll and SUCH a good, healthy eater!

    Bookmarked this!

    December 6, 2012 at 1:39 pm
    • Reply laury

      Thanks, Erin! I am sure she will–she has such a healthy role model for a mommy!

      December 6, 2012 at 5:12 pm
  • Reply Jennie

    Loved reading this! So many great tips for us mommys. My daughter is almost 7 months and I am already trying to figure out how to feed her best as she grows!

    Question, I know your eating has changed a bit too in the past year, are you going to do a post on that? How eating meat/a little dairy has helped you? Your posts on losing baby weight/cutting grains etc really helped me with my own baby weight loss 🙂

    December 6, 2012 at 1:49 pm
    • Reply laury

      Hi Jennie! thanks so much! I am glad you found the other posts useful. I will definitely work on something about how my eating has changed/helped. Bottom line is moderation is a wonderful thing. Finding what works for your own body is even more wonderful! It’s a continuous journey for sure. Thank you for the comment, I will start to put that together!

      December 6, 2012 at 5:14 pm
  • Reply the delicate place

    LOL! i love how smart ella is about micronutrients! genius 🙂 when i was a kid, i HATED pureed peas but loved smashed blueberries and grapes (grumps as i would call them)

    December 6, 2012 at 2:25 pm
    • Reply laury

      Yes she is 🙂

      Grumps..so cute!

      December 6, 2012 at 5:15 pm
  • Reply Laura @ Mommy Run Fast

    Great tips! We’ve also tried to steer away from cow’s milk toward cheese and yogurt, some butter as well. Those breakfast muffins sound so good!

    December 6, 2012 at 3:47 pm
    • Reply laury

      I will have to check out your blog for ideas too!

      December 6, 2012 at 5:15 pm
  • Reply Natasha

    Hey!
    I nominated you for a Liebster blog award 🙂

    December 7, 2012 at 5:10 am
  • Reply Giselle@myhealthyhappyhome

    I almost bought Brad’s Raw Kale chips the other day but wasn’t sure if they would be good or not. Judging by the way Ella is chowing down, their good!

    December 7, 2012 at 5:25 pm
  • Reply Gillian

    This is so sweet! I’m taking tips from your little girl 🙂

    You’re an amazing mama!

    December 8, 2012 at 9:50 am
    • Reply laury

      thank you, Gillian 🙂

      December 12, 2012 at 1:18 am
  • Reply Lisa @ Healthy Diaries

    I love seeing what Ella eats and boy do I hope Roberto is just like her. I think she loves so many healthy foods because thats really all she’s tried so she can’t wait chicken nuggets & fries or mac & cheese!

    Go Ella! And yay Laury for being such a great mom!

    December 10, 2012 at 11:32 am
    • Reply laury

      I am sure he will be!!!

      December 12, 2012 at 1:19 am
  • Reply Yaara Leve

    Ok–this was absolutely adorable!! You make me want to have a baby! Also–have you thought of making a book of baby recipes? You could even write it from a baby’s point of view–I bet it would sell really well. You and Ella seem like you have a really special and close bond. And–I think nursing until Ella is ready is great! I have a friend that was nursed until she was 3.

    December 10, 2012 at 6:48 pm
    • Reply laury

      Thanks, Yaara! Been working on something 😉

      December 12, 2012 at 1:19 am
  • Reply Tiffany

    Love this post! Very cute and lots of great food ideas for toddlers. I saw a comment you posted on another blog about not giving babies cow’s milk after one. I like what you said. It sounds like you have done a lot of research and are very knowledgeable. My baby girl is 11 months and I know that I do not want to start her on milk but am not sure what route to go. Could we chat a little more about what you know about hemp milk? I read some great things about cod liver oil and raw butter supplements. Is this anything you have considered or know about? I look forward to hearing from you. And you have a lovely blog! Thanks for the advice!

    January 2, 2013 at 5:00 pm
    • Reply laury

      just emailed you 🙂

      January 3, 2013 at 6:14 pm
  • Reply Munchkin Meals 20 Months

    […] Still waiting for those fools at Brads Raw Chips to make me a spokesbaby. Just kidding, they’re not fools. I just want more chips than mommy can keep up with. Sigh. […]

    January 3, 2013 at 5:59 pm
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