Seth-boy has become a picky eater. 🙁 As a baby he would eat anything that I put in front of him, but since he turned two, he will eat certain things some days and then offer it to him other days and it is not acceptable. I know this is how some kids eat, so I try not to make a big deal of it, if he wants to eat what I make him he can and if not he doesn’t get anything else until the next meal time. Sometimes it can be that he just isn’t hungry at the time we eat and he eats a little later, other times, I know he is hungry and he just decides he doesn’t like that food that day, and he decides to wait until the next meal.
I have one thing that helps, and that is letting Seth help me cook. So as much as possible I try to have him help me. He has a set of sturdy plastic knives he gets to use to chop things and he loves to measure and dump things when we bake. He doesn’t normally help me make breakfast because he is normally a little grumpy but he loves to help make this cereal. His job is chopping bananas. 🙂
Raspberry Banana Oat Bran Cereal – serves 2
1 1/2 cups water (nut or rice milk also work)
Heaping 1/2 cup oat bran
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt
2-3 Tablespoons Raspberry Jam
Sweetener of your choice. We use powdered stevia extract most times, sometimes we use raw sugar or honey. Any sweetener will work. 🙂
Optional; a couple shakes of cinnamon.
Combine first four ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Once it is boiling turn heat down to simmer and cook until thickened, stirring constantly. This takes around 5 minutes to cook.
While this is cooking the toddler can be chopping banana. Large or small pieces, however they want to cut it. 🙂
When it is thickened remove from heat and add the raspberry jam and your sweetener of choice to taste. Pour into two bowls. Allow toddler to arrange half the banana into each bowl. Each bowl may or may not get banana, it depends on how well you are watching the toddler while he is doing this.
Devour and have happy bellies.