The Most Surprising Thing My Toddler Ate This Week

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Mason hasn’t exactly been an adventurous eater this week–until this morning, that is. He’s been playing it safe with oatmeal, brown rice, ground beef, pineapple, mac ‘n’ cheese–you get the picture. I tried to get a little fancy Wednesday night when I served him Tuscan beans with tomato sauce, Parmesan cheese, and grilled shrimp for dinner, but there was something about the texture of the beans that he didn’t like and after shoving them into his mouth by the handful, he chewed them up, and spit them all back out in my hand. Instead he opted for a disappointing meal of organic mac ‘n’ cheese with apple-cinnamon sticks.  (I offer him alternatives when he rejects a meal only because his weigh-in is in two weeks!) Feeling defeated, I texted my hubby. I want him to have an eclectic palette but he prefers diner food! Chris replied, “He’s 1, sweetheart.” I’m sure he was tempted to add “Get a grip!” but he kindly held back.

This morning Mason was playing in the cupboards while I was fixing his bottle and he unearthed a canister of organic kale, broccoli, and cheddar puffs that I had totally forgotten about. He had a blast playing with the canister. Why not give him a bite of what’s inside? I didn’t have high hopes, I was sure he would have a problem with both the texture and color of the puffs. But he put a puff in his mouth, chewed, swallowed, smiled, and reached for another puff and then another. I was shocked but thrilled that he was embracing these wonderful flavors. So I fixed him a bowl of puffs, which he enjoyed while watching the Today Show. The scene was so funny I had to capture it on my iPhone. Bug looked so serious while he watched TV, which he rarely pays attention to, and munched on his pre-breakfast snack! And luckily the snack didn’t ruin his breakfast. He had organic cheddar cheese, a brown-rice raisin bagel with reduced-fat cream cheese, and milk at home and was digging into organic strawberry oatmeal when I left him at school this morning. In his teacher’s words, “Mason can eat.”

Has your toddler eaten anything this week that’s surprised you?

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  1. by Ann

    On January 6, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    Beets, won’t eat mac-n-cheese, but will eat beets. What is wrong with my boy?

  2. by Heather

    On January 7, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    Beets are great, Ann! Mason won’t drink juice so I know what you mean. What kid doesn’t like a classic kid favorite? Guess we should consider ourselves lucky. Those “kid favorites” are never that fab nutritionally.

  3. by Lisa

    On January 9, 2012 at 11:38 am

    My son had got mad at a sushi restaurant this week that I gave him chicken. He wanted sushi instead. Then again he loves food

  4. by Jamie

    On January 9, 2012 at 11:45 am

    My 19 month loves japanese hibachi, and my 3 year old loves broccoli! Neither will eat plain mac & cheese!

  5. by Jackie

    On January 9, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    My 12 month old decided this week that she loves steak. On her plate were noodles, which she was eating, then we placed a few bites of steak. She went after the steak more than the noodles.

  6. by Tami

    On January 12, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    My son is 13 months and follows the same eating habits as Mason, but last week we fell in love with Edamame in a greek dressing.