Moochi Always starts his morning with a large sippy cup full of organic milk. Sometimes he gets a second cup full of milk if he seems extra thirsty or holds out his empty cup and says “eat.” We buy our milk at Aldi. Has anyone else checked out Aldi recently? I am SO impressed with their organic offerings. Their Aldi brand for organics is called simply nature. It’s a small store, so easy to run in and grab just a few things – their prices are unbelievable.
Organic mini-waffles, two free range eggs scrambled with cheese, handful of organic blueberries
Moochi eats lunch at school during weekdays. His school provides lunch and a glass of organic whole milk. On the weekends he has:
Organic cheese shapes (we like Horizon Brand from Meijer), meatballs and organic peas
grilled chicken nuggets (we like the Tyson Naturals brand), green beans, strawberries
Last nights leftover dinner (typically a lean protein such as grilled chicken or salmon, lean ground beef or flank steak), broccoli organic crackers
On the go option – If I have any leftover meat from a previous meal, I cut it up into bite sized pieces and pack it in a zip lock. I’ve also been known to pack peas or corn. I typically pack two of these pouches since they do not require refrigeration. Moochi likes the “Apple Banana Raspberry w/ Yogurt” and “Apple Banana Peach w/ Yogurt.” I like these pouches because they are organic and the ones with yogurt are slightly higher in calories than other pre-made pouches. Moochi is low in weight for his height and while I do not try to “fatten him up,” I do try to give him higher calorie options when given the choice. For those wondering, I did make my own pouches when Moochi was a baby. I still recommend doing this, but these organic ones from Aldi are my recommendation for on the go feeding since homemade ones still require refrigeration.
I try to feed Moochi whatever we are having. My dinners are typically a lean protein with a veggie based side. If we are having a salad, I might cut up some peppers and give them to him raw while I prep dinner for AMF and I. I typically add a grain to Moochi’s dinner, but try to stick to a whole grain option. He loves Seeds of Change Packets, mashed potatoes or even a piece of whole wheat pita bread with a bit of hummus. My goal with feeding Moochi has always been to get him to eat what we eat so that I do not have to prepare two separate meals. AMF and I eat pretty clean and my hope is that he will love fresh veggies, fruits and healthy lean proteins as much as we do. I got the idea to feed Moochi the same things we eat from this book, my pediatrician recommended the book and I agreed that its a great read.
Part of a smoothie or popsicle with AMF, organic cheese, organic fruit, hummus and pita. I make AMF popsicles with these molds and organic juice. I always keep two Aldi organic pouches in my diaper bag for emergencies.
My goal when eating out is typically to find something that he will eat. I look for something that has protein and try to order a veggie side over fries or other “kids menu” options. Example: Kids Menu Cheeseburger + veggie of the day.
When there is no kids menu or I do not see anything he will eat, I ask the server if they can grill a small piece of salmon or a piece of chicken and serve it with a veggie side. They usually just charge me for the equivalent of adding chicken to a salad + the side cost.
If we are at a high end restaurant we always order him lobster mac + cheese. Why? Probably because mom and dad want a bite! Moochi loves salmon, so the salmon is also a great option.