What My 18 Month Old Eats in a Day

Hi friends!

I don’t have any food prep to share today, but I finally did something I’ve been meaning to do for a while now – capture a full day of Squish eats. As you guys know, Squish is a big kid. He’s 18 months old, weighs 31 pounds and is 34 1/4 inches tall, putting him in the 98th percentile for height and weight. In fact, he’s been above the 95th percentile in all areas since he was born.

The kid LOVES to eat and I do my best to keep him fed and happy, while at the same time giving him foods that are healthy, not overly processed, full of nutrients and still taste great. I mentioned some of his favorite snacks in this kid-friendly energy ball roundup last week, and I often share snaps of his breakfast, lunch and dinner on snapchat (username: LeanGreenBean1) but I wanted to document a full day of eats to share with you guys as well.

So here we go:

6:45am: Squish wakes up. I give him about 5 ounces of milk (although after his doctor’s appointment we’re going to try eliminating milk for a month or two and see if it helps with his pooping issues…so this will be water from now on). He also gets one Sweet Potato Bite and about 1/2 a cup of Cheerios. We watch PBS and play for a while. **EDITED TO ADD: Several of you have asked about the plates. I tried a few brands and these are my favorite. They’re Re-Play Divided Plates. (aff link)

7:30am – Breakfast. A leftover fried egg from dinner the night before (he’ll eat them warm or cold), a slice of peanut butter toast and some blueberries.

10:30am – Snack. This snack is a little bigger than usual because we had to go straight from Little Gym to his doctor’s appointment. I gave him a bigger snack because I was hoping that he would fall asleep on the way home from his appointment and have a later lunch. No such luck.

Siggi’s yogurt tube and a piece of baked pumpkin banana pancake (I ate about 1/3 of the pancake).

12:00pm – Lunch. Peaches, peas with hummus and grilled chicken. He’ll eat some of the chicken plain and the rest he dips in the hummus or leftover juice from the peaches because he ALWAYS eats the fruit first.

2:30pm – Post-nap snack. Popsicle made with mashed sweet potato, prunes and peanut butter. The popsicle molds are these Munchkin Click ‘n Lock and I love them! (aff link)

4:00 – 6:00pm  Snacks at the gym. This is his daily snack routine at the gym. We  usually get there around 4pm and he eats a hard boiled egg. When he goes into his playpen during the actual workout, he gets some Cheerios. He usually eats about 1/2 of them and the other half end up on the gym floor. After my workout is done, if we’re sticking around for a while, he eats a small box of raisins (the really small mini box). If we leave pretty quickly after my workout is over, he doesn’t usually eat the raisins.

7:00pm – Dinner. Half an Avocado Chicken Burger, half a string cheese, some raspberries and green beans with hummus. If he wants to eat while I’m making dinner, he gets veggies. If he’s hungry enough he’ll eat them. If not, he’ll sit and cry and then usually eventually go entertain himself for a little while until it’s time to eat.

So there you have it. Not every day is exactly like this, but it’s a pretty accurate representation of how much he currently eats!



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