Today’s post is not exactly a recipe type of post, but more an art of learning to let go of a perfection mindset for the sake of boosting the appetite of your toddler. The things that us mums are willing to do for our little ones huh!
Anyway, I feel like I need some sort of disclaimer first. You must first know that I am not a super-chef/baker/artist. I am sure you have seen lots of pictures of how very creative parents have drawn out beautiful food pieces for their little ones to eat – well, I’m just not that talented in that area.
I am simply a Mum who was recently inspired to let go of a perfection mindset and decided to invest a little time in creating fun-looking food-art for her sweetheart. My 17-month old is generally not a fussy eater and enjoys most things. But she does have her cranky and fussy moments too, and I found that creating this food-art really did help attract her attention, so yay. 🙂
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Toddler Recipe 1:
I used plain bread, half a banana, strawberries for the ear, seaweed for the eyes, a dollop of cream cheese for the nose, and Nutella to line everything together. The bear is a little disproportionate, so I was worried that she would not like it. Imagine my relief when she excitedly said, “Bear, bear!” when she saw it. She gobbled everything up within minutes!
The Very Hungry Caterpillar-Wannabe
Toddler Recipe 2:
I used banana and boiled sliced carrots for the sun and feet, halved green grapes for the body, a slice of strawberry for the face, half a raisin for the mouth and seaweed for its antennae. She loved the grapes the most and finished everything except for the carrots (she only took a few pieces). Well, at least I tried!
We read her the book before that, and she was happy seeing it come to live. 😉
Toddler Recipe 3:
I used slices of strawberries and cheese for this simple creation, with Nutella to make it look more like a house. My little one loves strawberries so she went for them first, and when she later realized the roof was made of cheese, she exclaimed, “Good!” It made me so happy. What surprised me was how she didn’t quite like Nutella. I thought it would be a pleasant treat for her but she kept asking me to wipe it away.
What surprised me was how she didn’t quite like Nutella. I thought it would be a pleasant treat for her but she kept asking me to wipe it away.
So there you have it. My imperfect food-art created lovingly for my toddler who enjoyed most of them. Although there would be some extent of food wastage since we will not usually use everything up, investing time in this once in a while is definitely worth the effort, especially when you see the smiles.
And I learned that we don’t need these things to look perfect. They’ll lick them up the same!
Do give it a try and let me know how your toddler likes it. 🙂