Here’s what the kiddos had on the menu today:

Breakfast:
Faithy- offered scrambled eggs (refused), offered miniwheats-again (refused), drank a cup of milk.
Little Guy- Raspberry yogurt with oatmeal

Snack:
Faithy- Banana, graham crackers

Lunch:
Faithy- offered her dinner that she refused last night (quesadilla and peas) and she ate the peas…still refused the quesadilla even though this is typically one of her favorite foods.. I was shocked she even ate them at all! 2 servings of apple/squash puree in her Sili Squeeze
Little Guy- Diced strawberries, banana spears, puffed brown rice

Dinner:
Both kids- Brown Rice Spaghetti with butter, bits of ham (we’ve been eating of a large ham that we cooked on Monday all week!), blueberries, milk (Faithy ate about 2 bites of spaghetti plus the blueberries)

In our food news today: Faithy doesn’t want to eat anything! She’s refused most of what I’ve offered her today. It’s just one of those days I guess. Today was a perfect opportunity to pull out the Sili Squeeze, she will almost always eat something out of it. You can visit Sili Squeeze’s website at www.thesilico.com A Sili Squeeze is a re-usable silicone pouch with a spill proof nipple, it’s amazing! I love the convenience of the squeezable fruit or veggie pouches you can buy at the store, but they are usually over a dollar for one!! We purchased 2 Sili Squeezes for under $20 and we’ve certainly saved that much by using them. Both of our girls love to have yogurt in them when we are in the car, it is virtually mess free and so much fun to use! (click here for another post on this AWESOME product). I made some pureed squash and apples and after they were chilled I filled up the Sili with vitamin packed goodness. She slurped it right down and was asking for more in just a couple of minutes.

Here’s a quick recipe:

Apple & Squash Puree
 
Ingredients
  • 2 medium apples peeled, cored and chopped into 1in pieces
  • 1 acorn squash
  • olive oil
Instructions
  1. Place the pieces of apple in a pot filled with enough water to cover them.
  2. Bring to a boil, then lower to a simmer and cook until apples are fork tender.
  3. Save the water you boiled the apples in for later use.
  4. Slice an acorn squash in half and scoop out the seeds
  5. Drizzle olive oil onto surface and place on a baking sheet in a 350 degree oven for about 45 minutes or until the flesh of the squash is fork tender.
  6. After the squash has cooled a little, scoop the flesh into your food processor or blender.
  7. Add the apple chunks and puree until smooth
  8. If your puree is a little thick, add some of the water you used to boil the apples- it is full of vitamins!
  9. Place your puree into your refrigerator until it is chilled, and serve!

 

I think many parents feel silly (haha, pun intended) about giving their older children pureed fruits or veggies, but really, they are delicious and full of nutrients. Adults enjoy smooth textures of applesauce, ice cream, mashed potatoes, so why can’t our 2 year old eat pureed carrots and squash? I see a lot of parents who feed their babies very healthy choices, and once their baby becomes a toddler, they feel like they have to break out the chicken nuggets and hot dogs. I say, keep going with all of those delicious purees, if your child likes them. Of course  you don’t want them to ONLY eat purees forever, but we’ve found that sticking to what works when it’s a healthy choice is always good for everyone 🙂 Sili Squeeze makes it simple and fun too, I’d highly recommend their product.

 

I will be back on Sunday with a recap of our weekend eats!

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  1. Joylynn January 31, 2013, 8:43 pm

    Donna, THANK YOU for your thought, “I think many parents feel silly (haha, pun intended) about giving their older children pureed fruits or veggies, but really, they are delicious and full of nutrients. Adults enjoy smooth textures of applesauce, ice cream, mashed potatoes, so why can’t our 2 year old eat pureed carrots and squash?”

    That there just eased my mind about still giving Sonya a lot of purees since that’s the form she’ll take veggies in the best. That and I’ve found hiding anything chunky in yogurt gets it right down her gullet:)

    And thanks for the tip on the SiliSqueeze. I’m going to look into it.

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