What My Toddler Eats in a Day! (Picky 2 Year Old + Quick Meal Ideas)

What My Toddler Eats in a Day! (Picky 2 Year Old + Quick Meal Ideas)


(techno music) – RavenElyseTV. – Hey guys, what’s up? It’s Raven. Today, I’m here to share what my two year-old
daughter Ziya eats in a day. I think a lot of toddlers go through this, but right now, Ziya is going through a very picky eater stage, where she’s very particular
about what she wants to eat, when she wants to eat it,
and how she wants to eat it. So, I’m not gonna lie, it’s been a struggle recently to try and keep her on a
healthy, balanced diet. But today, I’m just gonna show you a realistic view of what
she would normally eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. I am a single mom. Ziya is an only child, and I am a busy work-from-home mom, which makes mealtime a
little untraditional for us, because usually, I’m just trying to make one small portion just for Ziya, and trying to prevent having any leftovers or any wasted food. So, I do use quite a few shortcuts, just to make it work for us. So, hopefully this video will
give you guys some ideas. So, today is a weekend, meaning
she’s not going to preschool and she’ll be eating
all her meals at home. So, let’s just start off with breakfast. If it were a preschool day, breakfast would probably be a
little bit quicker than this, but I’m gonna try and take
my time a little bit today, and make sure that she
has a balanced breakfast. So, I’m starting off
with some strawberries. One good thing about Ziya, even
though she is a picky eater, is that she does love pretty much all types of fruit and berries, so I always try to add
that into her meals. And, she loves strawberries, so I am just cutting up
some of those for breakfast. And, when I’m cutting up fruit for Ziya, if I cut up a little bit too much, either I will snack on it, or I’ll keep it in a container and save it for her snack later. Protein is one area that we struggle with, because Ziya is really
picky in that category, but luckily, she does like scrambled eggs. At least, most of the
time she will eat them. And, here’s a little hack on how I make scrambled eggs for a toddler when I really only want
to scramble one egg. I wanna make it fast, because she’s getting
antsy waiting for her food. So, instead of pulling out the
pots and pans and everything and scrambling an egg on the stove when I’m not even gonna be eating eggs, then I like to just do this hack where I’m just taking
a microwave-safe mug, just a regular coffee mug, I take the egg, crack the
egg straight into the mug, add some seasoning, of course, a little salt and pepper,
nothing too crazy for Ziya, and just take a fork and whisk it up, and then you literally just
throw it in the microwave for one minute, and the egg will cook and
scramble itself in the mug, and it’s the perfect way
to make one scrambled egg in about two minutes. That way, you’re not wasting
time or wasting dishes. I am also gonna be giving Ziya some juice to go with her breakfast. This is just 100 percent apple juice. I always like to look
for 100 percent juice, and even sometimes organic juices. And, I also do a hack with the juice. I mean, it’s not really a hack. But, just to cut back
on the amount of juice that she’s drinking and cut
back on sugar from the juice, I always dilute the juice
with about half water. So, either I’ll fill up
her cup halfway with juice and the rest with water, or once I’ve already taken some juice out of the juice container, I will actually fill up
the whole juice container halfway with water to dilute the juice. And, you get twice as much drink out of one bottle of juice. One more thing that
I’m adding to her plate are just these little mini muffins from the bakery at our grocery store. These particular ones are
an apple cinnamon muffin and a lemon poppy seed. I’m giving her one of the apple ones. She likes these, obviously,
because they’re sweet. But, they’re pretty tiny, so I don’t feel bad about
giving these to her. And, it just kind of
completes her breakfast. I find, for us, it’s
always a balance between just getting her to eat enough food to be full in the first place, and also trying to balance being as healthy and balanced as possible. I recently purchased a new set of plastic toddler silverware. Super cute. Came in a bunch of matching rainbow colors that matches with her plates
and her sippycups and stuff. So, not only is it kind of
fun to learn your colors, and she kind of always wants to pick what color silverware she
wants and what color plate, and you have to match the
silverware to the plate. But, I like the fact that
these actually came in sets of a fork, spoon, and a
little dull butter knife, so that she can kind of practice
using different silverware, and trying to quote unquote cut her food, even though this knife is really dull. And, she just likes playing with it, and it’s kind of helping to teach her table manners and stuff like that. So, if you guys are interested in where I get all of her plates and cups and silverware and stuff, I will link it down below. (cheerful music) Something that I’ve taught
Ziya from a very young age is how to clean up after herself. So, she knows to take her dirty dishes and put it in the sink. I wish she knew how to
actually do the dishes, but that will come later. (laughs) But, at least for now, she knows
when she finishes her food, you grab all your dishes
and put ’em in the sink. Are you ready to eat lunch? Do you want some pasta? And some fruit? Okay, sit down, and I’ll
make your pasta, okay? – ‘Kay. – [Raven] What’s your favorite food? – Fruit. – [Raven] Fruit? – Mm-hmm, and (inaudible). – [Raven] And what else? – (inaudible) – [Raven] What’s your favorite food? – Noodles. – [Raven] Noodles? So, today’s lunch is gonna be kind of a funky, weird
combination of penne pasta, this is just a pre-made pasta salad that I get from the grocery store. And, I’m pairing that with a hot dog, which I really don’t like hot dogs, but Ziya likes them, and
with her being a picky eater, I try to just give her what she likes, and what she will actually eat. So, I just make the hot
dog the easiest way, roll it in a paper towel and heat it up in the microwave
for about 30 seconds. This pasta I like for her, because she is obsessed
with mac and cheese, and sometimes that is the
only thing she will ever eat, so, I’m trying to switch it up and introduce her to different
types of pasta, at least. I really wish that she would
eat the tomatoes out of this, but she refuses to eat the tomatoes, probably because of the texture. I know a lot of kids and
adults don’t like tomatoes, ’cause of the texture. But, I am also going to pairing
some pears with this lunch, just to give her some fruit. These are organic fruit cups. So, all I do is just pour the extra juice out of the fruit cup, that way she’s not making a
huge mess when she eats it. And, I like to add that on, just to make sure she has some
type of fruit or vegetable with every meal. And, of course, once the hot dog is done being heated up in the microwave, I just make sure that I cut it up into toddler-friendly, non-circular pieces, that way she does not
choke when she eats them. It’s very important to cut your hot dogs length-wise and across-wise, that way they are not circles, which are the perfect shape to get caught in a toddler’s throat. So, always make you’re chopping
up your hot dogs, moms. So, like I said, I am
a work-from-home mom, and I do work on the weekends. And, a lot of times, mealtime is actually
a time when I actually have more time to get my work done, when Ziya is sitting at
the table distracted, eating her food. So, this is a great example
of a super quick and easy meal that didn’t require any
cooking or any crazy prep time. I could get her her food fast, get her satisfied with
enough food to fill her up, and food options that she
actually enjoys eating. And, I’m able to get back to my desk and finish my work. Now, of course, with parenthood,
everything is a balance. Sometimes, you have to prioritize
getting your work done, and sometimes, you wanna prioritize actually making a nice
home-cooked meal for your child. So, of course, I don’t feed
her the same things every day, and it’s not always like this. But, I just kinda wanted to show you guys some really, really quick,
fast, and easy meal ideas for your toddlers if you
guys have the same issues. – I need some fruit snacks. – [Raven] You need some fruit snacks? – (inaudible) – [Raven] Hm? – (inaudible) The shimmer shine ones. – [Raven] The shimmer shine ones? – Please? Please? – [Raven] Okay. Where are they? – In there. (inaudible) (cheerful music) – So, I’m sure if you guys watch my vlogs, you saw this coming. Ziya has a Barbie fruit snack addiction, so she probably eats one
pouch a day of fruit snacks, and that is her daily treat. I really don’t keep a lot of
cookies, candy, or ice cream in the house, so this is what she likes
to have for a sweet treat. Moving onto dinner. Dinner is especially interesting, because Ziya and I hardly
ever eat the same foods. I know a lot of times,
parents will just make a normal meal for themselves
and share it with the toddler, but I have food allergies
and Ziya is very picky, so I pretty much always have to make separate things for us. So, for Ziya, I am once
again taking the easy route, because I am also trying to
get work done on this day, as well as filming this video that you’re watching right now. So, I have just taken a
frozen bag of broccoli, which is steam-able in
the microwave in the bag, and literally, you just throw it in the microwave for five minutes, and it cooks in the bag. Super, super simple, as well as these Kidfresh chicken nuggets, which I have talked about
before on my channel. I really love this Kidfresh brand, because they make a lot of foods that have really good
ingredients, organic ingredients, but they are kid-friendly,
picky kid-friendly foods that are really easy to prepare. So, all I do is take these chicken nuggets and put those in the microwave as well. So, yes, this is basically
a full microwave dinner. We’ve been using the microwave all day. I have no shame. Judge me if you want,
but this is what works. After the broccoli comes
out of the microwave, all you have to do is season it up however you like to have your broccoli. I’m just adding butter, salt,
pepper, and lemon pepper. And, I just love doing these
microwave hacks on a busy day, because it cuts back on dishes, it cuts back on the time
you spend in the kitchen, and it just makes life so much easier. So, the chicken nuggets are done. The broccoli is done. I was able to make this
dinner in under 10 minutes, and I only used one dish
that’s just gonna be thrown in the dishwasher
at the end of the night. (cheerful music) Now, I know I’m keeping it super real and realistic in
this video with no shame, but I actually was a little
bit ashamed with the fact that I did not have anything
to cook for myself, so I actually ordered
Uber Eats for my dinner, and I ordered from this
chicken restaurant. I think I got a grilled chicken sandwich, and I got fries on the side. French fries are Ziya’s
absolute favorite food, so there was no way that
I could enjoy my fries without giving her some. But, I made the mistake of
giving her a few French fries before she ate her broccoli, and that was just a huge mistake. I tried to give her some raspberries to kind of balance it out, but she only wanted to
eat the French fries, and it caused a bit of a temper tantrum. But, I just wanted to
leave this clip in here, because I think it’s super realistic for moms out there who are
struggling with picky eaters. It is so hard sometimes to get your child to eat their vegetables. Eat your broccoli, or else I’m gonna take the French fries. Eat your broccoli, and I’ll give it back. Now, keep in mind, broccoli is actually Ziya’s vegetable of choice. Any other day, she would’ve
eaten this broccoli right up, but when it comes to French fries, there’s no comparison with broccoli. You’re not having any more French fries until you eat your food. The thing with picky eaters
or just toddlers in general is that, lots of times, you
cannot force them to eat. They will spit it out. They will force themselves to vomit. They will throw big, huge temper tantrums. And, after a while, you just kinda have to ignore it and let it go. Where’s your plate? What are you doing? You didn’t wanna eat your broccoli? Why not? Well, that means no French fries, and no dessert either. So, yeah, as you guys saw,
Ziya went behind my back and dumped her broccoli in the sink. But, she did end up
eating all of her chicken, which was at least a small victory. This is an ongoing battle. I know it will probably get
better as she gets older and finds more foods that she likes. But, hopefully you guys found
this video somewhat helpful, and at least got some
ideas on some easy foods that you can offer your toddler, and ways to speed up the
process if you are a busy mom. Give this video a thumbs
up if you enjoyed it. Subscribe if you’re not already. Comment down below some things that you like to feed your picky toddler. And, I will see you guys in my next video. Bye!

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