Feeding toddlers small portions of real foods is important. It not only develops a wide range of "what food tastes like" or palate, but it is the start of lifelong healthy eating habits.
Like I've said before (No. 3.), a variety of healthy options guarantees that no matter what they choose they will feed themselves well.
As a species, we are wired to appreciate beauty. I've long believed that food tastes better when it's pretty. My girls eat more when their food is well presented, prepared with care, and in portions they might actually be able to finish.
Here are some of the girls' meals over the past few months.
Salami, cheese, purple carrot slices, and small portions of hummus.
Peanut butter banana bites with honey.
Ham, cheese, salami, cucumbers, and bread.
Clam chowder with cheese sandwiches.
Grapes, corn chips, cottage cheese/hummus, frozen peas (yes, still frozen), and cheese.
Pear bunnies (with a little too much cottage cheese)
And finally a little tea party. Chamomile tea (with a little honey), maple yogurt, and digestive biscuits.
Here's to the lovely, the thoughtful, and the delicious!