Wiaw Munchkin Edition + Carrot Chips

Hey everyone!

I’m doing a lot of catch up studying this week from the nutrition school, and realized I haven’t been sharing as much along the way as I had hoped to.  I have lots of fun info swirling around in my brain and hope to get it to you soon- specifically, what I’m learning from Aryuveda, how to be a vegetarian well, and tips for digesting grains and beans.

But for today, I’m going to get back to the classic what I ate Wednesday and Munchkin Meal post.

Serving everyone tea and cupcakes

L is now 3, and has increasing opinions and preferences when it comes to everything, food included.  It’s much, much harder to get veggies into her these days… gone are the days when split pea soup and veggie stews were gobbled up without complaint.

She certainly has original ideas.  She reminds me of my friend Laura, with her “strange but good” combinations.  While traveling last week, L made a roll up with a piece of turkey and stuffed it with her banana, peas, and a cracker.  Ummm…?

Her other favorite snack lately is to dip raisins in peanut butter, two of my favorite things, so the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree there. Or she’ll mix canned pumpkin with yogurt.

And she cannot get enough blueberries.  She will down a large bowl of frozen blueberries, and usually insists that we sprinkle them with cinnamon first.  Today she needed hemp seeds in her oatmeal.  I had no idea three year olds could be so demanding.

Here’s what we were eating yesterday:

 [Breakfast: Two eggs with onions, pepper and avocado (me), one egg and oatmeal with blueberries for L; Snack: two mini “healthy” pb cookies (me); Lunch: I packed L a pb-carrot sandwich, sweet red pepper, clementine, and more blueberries; I had roasted sweet potatoes with lentils, sauerkraut and mushrooms and hummus; Dinner: Spaghetti Squash bake (yum!) for us all, plus a slice of nitrate-free turkey for L; Post spin snacking: Plain yogurt with bananas and flaxseed, pistachios]

Roasted carrots have been another favorite lately:

Carrot “Chips”

  • 3-4 large carrots, sliced thinly
  • 1-2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp oregano or thyme
  • dash of salt to taste

Toss carrot slices with olive oil, oregano and a little salt, and roast at 375 for 20 minutes, or until done.

Note: Carrot chips do not taste like chips!  But they’re great dipped in hummus or organic ketchup.

I’ve also bookmarked these recipes to try soon, as she does eat anything covered in cheese:

Cheesy Quinoa Bites

Grain Free Cheesy BreadSticks (made from cauliflower!)

Reminder- Tomorrow is the 5 by the 5th link up- I’ll announce the winners from March, and you can link up your post about the race, if you wrote one!

So a banana wrapped in turkey, yay or nay?  :) Do you re-name healthier foods to encourage kids (or a spouse) to eat it?

54 thoughts on “Wiaw Munchkin Edition + Carrot Chips

  1. As my kids grew it was harder and harder to get good veggies in them as well. It’s a whole new challenge once they hit school and see some of the junk in other’s lunch boxes. Mine both went through a mega blueberry phase. They’re still a huge favorite! Yes to fun names for good food!
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  2. We are on th same wavelength again. I’ve got a post similar to this for tommorow. My kids would eat anything when they were younger. People would be shocked at what they liked. Then age 2 came along with pickiness. However it seems like my little guy is more open to veggies than my daughter. She’s all carbs and fruit. At least they both love that!
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  3. L can keep her mixes. I’ll leave ’em to the expert. BUT I am inspired by your creations. I need to meal plan. I’ve left it way too long. I’ll come back tomorrow and stalk yours and Jill’s meal-planning advice.
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  4. Carrot chips sound really yummy and I know my kids would love that. I like your daughter’s sense of adventure with food! I guess it’s all her way of exploring and seeing what she does/doesn’t like. But the turkey/banana combo? Hmmm…. ; )
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  5. Those carrot chips sound really good & a great idea for a side dish, which I’m always lacking inspiration for! Will have to make those soon!

    And as always, love the picture of L serving tea & cupcakes! So cute :)
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  6. I am so impressed with what you get your child to eat. Seriously!!! There is no food variety for Jasper and he will not eat anything mixed together. You really are doing good on the kid eating front….I don’t think you have any reason to worry if she isn’t doing as many vegetables!
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  7. ah, aren’t kid preferences the best? it’s like, you won’t eat delicious vegetable stew, but a banana, pea, cracker, turkey roll-up is good?
    david is the same way, he won’t even TRY sweet potato fries, but he has no problem licking my husband’s deodorant…over and over and over.
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  8. Ohhh I love this. Here’s what I love about L. She’s adventurous, she knows what she wants and she asks for it. Sounds like you are raising an awesome little girl!!! I know it’s only food but don’t you just love seeing glimpses of your little persons personality. A creative strong woman in the making I think!

    PS – I will be trying those carrot chips!! :=)
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  9. Hemp seeds in oatmeal and coming up with fun food creations at age three already? Looks like you’re definitely raising a little health foodie!
    While I have no children myself yet (duh!) I may or may not rename foods for myself. Well, there’s the inner child in all of us after all, right?!
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  10. She’s such a cutie : ) I love any and all roasted veggies – they all taste so delicious! I made sweet potato ‘chips’ tonight. Couldn’t get the boys to eat them, but I devoured them! Crispy on the edges, and chewy in the middle – mmmmm!!!!

  11. haha. I love the creative combinations that kids come up with. It boggles my mind but hey, if that means that they’re eating healthy food, I’m all for it! We do come up with silly names for meals which somehow encourages my kids to eat it. We had a “green” dinner one night and E, who is the pickiest, gobbled everything up because he thought it was so funny.
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  12. My father never wants to eat anything healthy. So I don’t rename stuff. However, I just neglect to tell him I use ground turkey instead of ground beef, applesauce instead of oil, and Greek yogurt instead of everything else. He can never tell. Then after he eats it and loves it I rub it in;) I guess he is as bad as a little kid.
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  13. I LOVE her “crazy” combinations! My son will only eat yogurt if it’s greek and has raw oatmeal and chia seeds in it – because that is the way I had it the first time I let him have some of mine. I’ll have to try out these carrots too, they look amazing!
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  14. Hey Laura,

    Ok so now I want to know all about what you are learning at school. I love learning anything that has to do with Aryuveda and alternative healing. My hubby is Indian, but really has no interest in any of that, so I think it’s kind of funny, lol.

    I would love to educate myself even more, but there are no schools around here that teach that kind of thing :(

    Your food looked great, and your daughter so adorable with her food demands. That is so cute that she even knows what those things are, hemp seeds for example. Way to go teaching here mom!!

    I am constantly trying to educate my kids on healthy food, making good choices even when I’m not there, and yes it is hard. Thankfully they listen most of the time :)

    So glad I stopped by! Have a great day girl :)
    P.s. After coming back from an extended blogging break, I’ve started a 40 day challenge to get HEALTHY by my birthday. If you get a chance to check it out, I could sure use the support!
    Hugs, Bella :)
    Bella’s 40 Day Challenge

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