Munchkin Meals at 23 months

Munchkin Meals at 23 months

Hey Thursday!

I’m happy to report I’m in a much better mood today but am so thankful for all your well wishes and concerns.  It always amazes me how kind and comforting Blends can be.  Definitely helped to get me out of my funk 🙂

Today I’m linking up with Brittany from Healthy Slice of Life for Munchkin Meals!

munchkin meals

The Love Nugget will be 2 next month and like I mentioned the other day, has been getting a little pickier lately.  He definitely has a mind of his own and is now voicing his opinions on what he should be served for breakfast, lunch or dinner.  “Cuckcakes,” “mac an cheez,” “wawamelon,” and “gogurt,” are all top of his list.  Obviously he doesn’t usually get what he wants.  Although, I’m sure cupcakes are great for breakfast, we try to limit his sugar intake that early in the morning 😉

breakfast

Oats cooked in water with a little organic peanut butter, chia seeds, banana and a tiny drizzle of 100% maple syrup

As much as I try to feed him what we’re eating or leftovers from the day before, meals might start out as one thing, then have different things added to it based on what he’s eating or not eating.  I almost always save fruit or things that he loves for last in hopes that he’ll just eat what’s on his plate.

lunchTurkey and Organic Cheddar Quesadilla with Veggie Nuggets.  This was followed by another veggie nugget, 1/3 of my tuna salad and watermelon. 

I almost always have things on hand for him that have hidden veggies in them like these won tons.  He loves them even though they are stuffed with broccoli and peas!

Veggie Won Tons

Veggie Won Tons

Ingredients

  • 1 cup steamed broccoli
  • 1/2 cup steamed peas
  • 1/4 cup cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tbsp. parmesan cheese
  • 1 tbsp. Traders Joes 21 Salute Seasoning or other salt free seasoning
  • Won Ton Wraps (usually found in the cold case of the produce section)

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Add all ingredients except Won Ton Wraps to a food processor and pulse until finely chopped and combined.
  3. Lay out won ton wraps then scoop about 1 tsp. full of veggie filling onto the center of each wrap.
  4. Wet your finger and dampen the outer edges of the won ton.
  5. Fold Won Ton over to form a triangle then press gently to seal.
  6. Place onto a baking sheet and bake for 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned and bubbly looking.
  7. Allow to cool then store in the fridge or freezer for a healthy side dish or snack.
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He likes them cold or warm so they work for both a side and snack.  Score on getting in some veggies!

dinner

Grass fed beef tri-tip with sweet potatoes and veggie won tons.  He also ate another won ton, more sweet potatoes, more steak and watermelon.  Oh and a full cup of milk.  He’s a hungry boy!

Even though he eats three full meals a day, he’s very much a snacker like his mom and could snack his way through the day if I let him!

snack1

Apple with peanut butter and raisins

It’s easy to give him healthy, unprocessed snacks while we’re home but most the time we are on the go.  I often find myself packing a large variety of snacks as I’m never quite sure what he’ll be in the mood for and I want to have healthy options for him.  So between making breakfast for us both (and sometimes the hubby), packing drinks for me, drinks for him, cutting up fresh fruit or veggies, and packing other snacks, mornings can be quite the adventure.

So sometimes it’s nice to be able to grab prepackaged snacks that are quick and easy.  Needless to say, when I came across these fruit and veggie snacks I was beyond excited!

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Veggie- Go’s are fruit and vegetable snacks made with organic all natural ingredients and NO SUGAR added!  Seriously, no sugar added!!!!  That’s pretty awesome when it comes to prepackaged, kid friendly snacks these days as most are over loaded with sugar and preservatives to make kids like eat them.

When I received the snacks and read the flavors I was a bit worried The Love Nugget wouldn’t enjoy some of them but I thought they sounded great!

Mountain Berry Spinach – Ingredients: Organic Apples, Organic Spinach, Organic Strawberries, Organic Raspberries,    Organic Blueberries, Organic Sweet Potatoes.

Cinnamon Spiced Beet – Ingredients: Organic Beets, Organic Apples, Organic Sweet Potatoes, Organic Cinnamon,    Organic Flax Seeds.

Sweet Potato Pie – Ingredients: Organic Sweet Potatoes, Organic Apples, Organic Cinnamon, Organic Ginger,    Organic Nutmeg, Organic Cloves.

Carrot Ginger – Ingredients: Organic Carrots, Organic Apples, Organic Ginger.

The first one we tried was the Sweet Potato Pie.  I thought we could share it between the two of us but boy was I wrong!  I got in one quick bite before someone gobbled it all down.  He loved it!  I also enjoyed the delicious hint of cinnamon and cloves mixed with the sweet potato and apple flavor.

Next we tried the Cinnamon Spiced Beet and while I thought the beet flavor was a little strong, someone else didn’t seem to mind it 🙂

The Carrot Ginger was also a big hit but I’d say the Mixed Berry Spinach was the favorite by far!  All the natural fruit hides the spinach flavor completely and it has a natural sweetness to it.

Unfortunately these haven’t made it into any stores nearby us yet but they are carried at many stores throughout the country and you can order online.

I highly recommend these snacks for anyone looking for healthy on the go options for yourself or your kids!

That’s it for Munchkin eats today!  Definitely head over to Brittany’s page to see what some other little ones are eating 🙂

QUESTIONS –

  • If you have a kid, what healthy packaged snacks to you give them? 
  • No kids… what’s a favorite “kid snack” you eat? 

 

Veggie-Go’s sent me their snacks free of charge but all opinions are of my own.  I did not receive any compensation for this post other than the snacks they sent. 

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Comments

  1. Little nugget sounds just like Isabella. She will be two June 14th and we are going through the same things. She used to eat anything we put in front of her now she is getting much more opinionated about what she wants to eat. 🙂 The one thing I love about Bella is she still loves veggie baby food. Sometimes she will have two or three and call it a meal. Haha!!
    I love those veggie-go’s I am definitely going to have to buy some for the girls.
    Yogurt is a big hit for an easy snack in our house. My girls also love the veggie and fruit pouches; we call them squeezies. The could seriously live off those if I let them.
    The girls would love your veggie won-ton’s. I am going to make those soon. Thanks!!

    • Giselle Schroer says:

      It must be an almost 2 year phase… picky little boogers! My son calls the pouches smoovies (smoothies) for some reason. Or lately, because his friends Parker always has them, he calls them “Parker.” So funny sometimes!

  2. I LOVE the wonton idea! Just pinned them and I’m excited to try them! I’m having so much trouble getting L to eat greens lately… but I think these would work. 🙂

    • Giselle Schroer says:

      I hope she likes them! The fun thing is you can totally add whatever veggie’s you’d like really. I know broccoli can be on the strong side but the cheese masks the flavor for the most part. Have you tried veggie nuggets? I have a few recipes that I use often for The Love Nugget that seem to work pretty well 🙂

  3. My little man s 2 1/2 and he LOVES the fruit pouches. His favorite are the Peter Rabbit brand and he will eat one right after the other for as long as you will let him 🙂

  4. Prepackaged snacks are hard for us…Matty doesn’t like pouches. What kid doesn’t like pouches?! So we usually end up with pretzels or an apple.

    • Giselle Schroer says:

      Ha! No pouches! Your kind of lucky in a way. I’ve seen some kids that will only eat pouches because they love them so much! I don’t get them all that often as I want him to eat more filling foods but every once in awhile we resort to them. I hadn’t thought about pretzels, that’s a good one!

  5. I love the wonton recipe! I give Keenan Trader Joe’s FiberFull fruit and veggie bars, as well as the Happy Family fruit and veggie pouches (which they finally carry at Costco now!).

    • Giselle Schroer says:

      We do the pouches sometimes too and I saw those ones at Costco the other day. They are good to have on hand for quick snacks 🙂

  6. Your little guy is sooo cute! I have to save fruit for the end of meals too with A. He LOVES fruit and will fill up on it all day if he could. Some days he’s more picky than others, especially when he’s teething. I LOVE those fruit pouches, definitely need to get some to keep on hand.

    • Giselle Schroer says:

      Thank you! Yes, saving fruit until the end is a must around here. Same thing, he would only eat the fruit if he could. I don’t blame them though, it’s good!