The last couple of weeks, I have lamented about how little Grace has been eating. In the comments, many of you complained about the same thing.
We all know about the toddler appetite thing, and it makes good sense. Toddlers’ growth slows down significantly, so their caloric and nutritional needs slow down, too.
On the other hand, our toddlers aren’t going to get a thousand calories per day without eating a decent meal.
I sat down and really thought about everything Grace ate today. This morning, she licked the cream cheese off of my bagel (a tablespoon? Two?) and ate five or six organic whole wheat crackers.
At day care, she probably had two or three snacks, an assortment of her lunch, and maybe an assortment of her friends’ lunches. I didn’t take notice to the specifics of today’s community snacks, but the lunch we packed included a couple of bites each of black olives, a pork-filled Chinese dumpling, white rice, and beef with broccoli.
After school, Grace and I hit to local ice cream shop to share a dish of Purple Dinosaur ice cream. There was more ice cream on her fingers, face, and our clothes than in her mouth, so I’d estimate that she might have eaten two or three tablespoons.
For dinner, Grace refused her own plate but then ate a healthy half cup of balsamic sausage, potatoes, onions, and zucchini.
And then there was the 16 ounces of 2% milk that she drank right before bed.
So what do you think? Did she get enough?
What did your child eat today? Spill the beans in the comments or in a post on your blog.
Grace’s Kitchen Friends
Please join in Grace’s Kitchen Friends! To play along, all you have to do is fill out Mr. Linky below. (If Mr. Linky isn’t there, leave your link in the comments.) You can link up any post that talks about kids and food:
- feeding kids
- cooking with kids
- play with food or play kitchens
- crafts with or about food
- and probably a lot of other kids and food things I can’t think of now.
I’m easy like that, Dear Reader. The only thing I ask is that you link back here to Grace’s Kitchen Friends in your post. I can’t wait to see what your kids are doing!
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