Almost exactly a year ago I did post on what my, at the time, one-year old was eating as a vegetarian toddler. I figured now, a year later, was a good time to re-visit the subject. It’s especially timely since we just got her 2-year blood tests back and all her iron, vitamin levels, etc. are great!
Alexia at 25-months is still going strong as a vegetarian, not missing meat at all. She loves food, just like her mom. She also balances her day, just like her mom with savory and, yes, some sweet.
In a typical day she starts the morning off right after she wakes up with 4-ounces of fortified rice milk and a banana. She eats that still while in bed, because she likes to cuddle first thing while eating. So basically breakfast is in two steps. After the milk and banana we make our way to
the kitchen for part two. This usually consists of a protein and a grain. Most days it’s a small bowl of peanut butter (prob about a tablespoon) that she eats plain. She would rather have it this way then on toast. She just spoons it straight from the bowl! If she isn’t feeling peanut butter, then she loves a piece of Morningstar Farms Sausage Links. After that I give her a little cereal. It’s usually Cheerios or Oatmeal Squares, but I admit sometimes it’s Kellogg’s Krave Double Chocolate Cereal. Somehow she developed a taste for chocolate, but since she eats so well I let her indulge a little. If she wasn’t eating all the healthy stuff it would be a different story, but since most of her diet is relatively healthy I figure what the heck?
Right after breakfast we usually head out for a morning activity if I’m home, or if her dad or nanny, is with her. Either way she likes to have something to munch on. Her snack of choice is usually carrots or blueberries. Funny thing is she loves her little carrots so much that it’s hard to get her to part with them. You can see that firsthand as she got to meet the Fresh Beat Band, but couldn’t stop eating her carrots. She ate them while they sang just in front of her. Ha ha! If it’s up to me she can eat as many carrots and blueberries as she wants.
Once lunchtime rolls around some of her favorites are hummus. Again she eats hummus with a spoon, no bread or chips. She likes her food all separated to eat each component individually. If it’s not hummus she might eat black or red beans. She sometimes eats them plain, If not I’ll saute them with a little olive oil and lots of garlic and she loves that. If some sort of bean isn’t involved she also loves veggie hot dogs. Again no bun. just cut up into small pieces. Her lunch side is usually a veggie. Peas are still her favorite, but she will also do edamame, lima beans or broccoli.
After lunch it’s nap time. She gets some soymilk before it’s time to go down for the afternoon. It’s Silk DHA Omega-3 & Calcium. That is some good soy milk if you’ve never had it!!! The best there is.
When Alexia wakes up from her nap she usually snacks on a little low-salt popcorn. She calls it “pop pop”, which is super cute, but I digress. I like this popcorn because it’s fun for her to eat, but not a bad snack.
I’d say dinner is the most difficult meal of the day now. I try to give her whatever I’m making for dinner, which usually works out good. If it’s pasta with seitan she will eat it, but not a huge amount. Maybe she is abiding by the thought that you should eat more early in the day and a small meal at night. Hmmm yeah that’s it! Anyway she seems to love when I make Mexican food like gorditas with veggie crumbles or what not. Problem is she now has a good mind of her own and often says she wants pizza for dinner. I will give it to her once a week, while making sure she has a side of broccoli or something to balance it out. Again it’s okay to indulge once in a while and while she may ask for it more than once a week, she will usually change her mind when I pop something else on her place. This week one night I made a tofu & veggie stir-fry and she didn’t want it at first, but I told her it was yummy and luckily she tried it and ended up liking it.
After dinner lately Alexia goes right to the freezer and asks for ice cream, which lately has meant a mini Almond Dream Ice Cream Sandwich. It’s a messy treat, but she loves it and loves wearing the chocolate sandwich part all over her face.
At bedtime she gets 7-ounces of that same Silk Soymilk and then she is off to sleep at 8:30p.
So yep, she has a day packed with food and fun. She is going to be a “foodie” for sure.
BTW for those who always ask if you can get all your nutrients from a mostly vegan diet? The proof is in those blood tests and her energy. She is one happy, energetic girl. A full belly=a happy and well rested 2-year-old!