Munchkin meals (18 months)

The idea of posting Munchkin Meals was started by Brittany and Healthy Slice of Life. While I’m not a regular Munchkin Meals poster -I am a little sporadic and pretty much never post on the specified day for MM- I like sharing some of Liv’s meals from time to time since I love reading what other mamas feed their kids. At 18 months, Liv eats pretty much everything we eat (the only things I avoid are food dyes, pork, beef and shellfish for her), but we still tend to get stuck in ruts. It’s easy to do the same things over and over, so Munchkin Meals are a fun way to shake things up and get new ideas.

Here are some of the pics I took last week before we left for Cali:

Berry chia pancakes:

(I’ll make a large batch at one and just pop in the toaster to reheat. Same thing goes for turkey lentil muffins, French toast and banana quinoa muffins. It’s much easier to have them in the freezer ready to go)

Berry pancakes  1 of 1

Lunch: Lentils with cumin, garlic and chili powder, potato wedges, broccoli and a smoothie (blueberries, whole milk, banana, sunflower seed butter, a little spinach)

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Salmon kebabs with zucchini, onion, BBQ for dipping and a glass of whole milk

Kebabs  1 of 1

Potato on the side (it was cooling on a paper towel.. that tends to happen a lot, which is wasteful but quick to grab)

Potato  1 of 1

Breakfast: watermelon, blueberries, yogurt and egg, on a Halloween plate ๐Ÿ˜‰

Breakfast  1 of 1

For breakfast, it usually goes something like this:

Egg or spicy omelet (with cheese and salsa)

Starch (French toast, pancake, muffin or oatmeal)

Lots of fruit, milk to drink


A PB&J on a pita pocket

Bar (Trader Joe’s, organic granola bar, something I’ve made)

Fruit and cheddar crackers

Veggies and hummus or guacamole for dipping



Sandwich (turkey, veggies, olives, mayo and mustard on an English muffin or pita)

Pizza on an English muffin with veggies

Mac n’ cheese with veggies and fruit

Yogurt parfait with PB toast

Leftovers from the night before


Whatever we’re eating! This part is easy ๐Ÿ™‚

Any fun lunch of snack ideas your toddler is loving? I always love to hear about new things!

I discovered just this past weekend that Liv loves celery -I never buy it since the Pilot and I aren’t fans- so I can make her some little ants on a log. Right now, she’s also REALLY into dipping, so anything that will go with salsa, guacamole, BBQ sauce or ketchup and she’s a fan.

Hope you’re having a great day <3





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  1. Kaycee St. Pierre on July 18, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    what a great idea giving the babes a smoothie, mine is 10 months old and hasn’t quite figured out the straw thing yet. ha, she;ll get there! she eats very similar to what you’ve laid out, but she usually gets at least 1 full avocado a day, either mashed or cut up. she LOVES avocado. and broccoli!

  2. Natasha on July 18, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    My little one loves salmon and curried lentils as too, she calls salmon “the pink tuna” these days!

    For snacks we do berries with shelled hemp seeds, bell peppers dipped in hummus, cheese sticks, spinach and strawberry smoothies, and of course good old goldfish crackers!

    And my toddler is definitely into dipping…cucumbers dipped in ranch, and just about anything dipped in hummus.

  3. Madeline @ Food Fitness and Family on July 18, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    Emmie loves dipping too but ends up sucking the ketchup off the food haha.

  4. Brittany on July 18, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    I am so steeling some of these for myself! Even though I am 18 years old (as of today) and not 18 months old they sound too good not to try!

    • Fitnessista on July 18, 2013 at 10:57 pm

      wow, happy birthday! ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Brittany on July 19, 2013 at 6:22 pm

        Oh thank you! I’m a big kid now!

  5. Christine@ Apple of My Eye on July 18, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    Liv is SUCH a great eater and you’re doing a wonderful job with allowing her to try new things! I think that’s such an important thing and will have her open to new ideas and things when she’s older as well :). Super mama right here!

    • Fitnessista on July 18, 2013 at 11:13 pm

      thank you so much! i’m so thankful that it’s not a battle to get her to eat. she’ll try anything! tonight she had chicken skewer with peanut dipping sauce, rice, peas and pho ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Laura on July 19, 2013 at 12:55 am

    Thanks so much for those ideas!! i feel like we get stuck in a rut more often than i’d like. my son riley is 18 months. he loves oranges, i also do a scrambled omelette type dish for him- he loves eggs! and i mix in veggies chopped really small and add cheese as well.

  7. Sam @ Better With Sprinkles on July 19, 2013 at 8:02 am

    I love how she’s a dipper, that’s just cute! Looks like she definitely eats well in your household.

  8. Heather @ fit mama real food on July 19, 2013 at 9:28 am

    What a great variety you offer her! Hunter loves green smoothies, berries, cheese and eggs. Lots more, he’s a really good eater. He’s almost 14 months… when did Liv understand dipping? I think that will make food even more fun!

    • gina (fitnessista) on July 20, 2013 at 3:22 pm

      it was a pretty recent thing!! maybe at 16 months?

  9. Heather on July 21, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    Just curious…why no beef or pork?

  10. April on July 22, 2013 at 10:12 am

    Ahhh, SO awesome Livi has such a variety in her diet – kudos to you Mama, i know how hard it is to do!

    My little guy ‘use’ to eat everything, but once he hit 15-18 months he started getting VERY picky out of the blue, it breaks my heart! He is 21 months now and i just keep trying and trying by offering different things all the time. Overall, he is a pretty good eater, i just want him to be an AWESOME eater like Livi, ha ha!

    I still don’t cook him separate meals, but it is getting a little tough with him not liking as much as he use to. He will try most things, but of course spits it out and says ‘no-no’….so frustrating!!!!!

    Ok, sorry for rambling, you have inspired me to make these chia pancakes and a few other things. I guess if he won’t eat it, i will:)

    Again, what an amazing job you are doing!!!!!!

  11. Gina on July 29, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    As a (somewhat) broke grad student, your 18-month-old eats better than I do — jealous ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Fitnessista on July 30, 2013 at 12:16 am

      girl, she eats better than i did in college too. i lived off chicken from a pouch (the precooked ones by the tuna), microwave meals and popcorn.

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