Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Rachel's Favorite Foods

As everyone knows, toddlers can be notoriously picky eaters and my oldest grandaughter is no exception.  The funny thing is that she is picky in her own unique way.

Rachel loves cucumbers and has loved cucumbers since before she had teeth.   When Rachel was younger and we would go to a restaurant, Amanda would get a salad and give Rachel the cucumber and sometimes a lemon slice.  Rachel would sit happily gnawing away until we were finished eating.

Rachel still likes strange things to eat.  At least they are strange things for a toddler to eat.  In addition to loving raw cucumber, Rachel loves broccoli.  She definitely prefers it lightly steamed with a very thin cheese sauce, but she will try it any way that it's served. 

For Rachel, apples are preferred over cookies and vegetables over meat.  Pasta is acceptable but only if served with lightly steamed vegetables or a light cheese sauce, but definitely no meat.  

Pancakes are a favorite of Rachels as long as they are served without syrup.  A little peanut butter, lightly spread is her pancake topping of choice, although chopped apples may be served on the side without complaint. 

Brown Rice is a  favorite as long as it doesn't have gravy.  A little butter, no sugar, is just about right. 

Oatmeal is also high on the list of acceptable foods for this toddler.  Sometimes a little applesauce or chopped fruit may be added, but quite often she prefers it "plain."

I don't know about anyone else, but I think I could take some healthy eating tips from this picky little girl.  Toddlers can change their likes and dislikes overnight, so I can only pray that she keeps it up.   It is totally amazing to me to see Rachel offered a cookie which she turns down in favor of an apple or cucumber.  Now, I ask you, how awesome is that?

Rachel eating a cucumber

Ellen wanted one too!

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