It’s already been two weeks since my daughter turned two and I’m seeing so many changes in her. It’s like she’s turned into to a full-on toddler over night. One of the biggest changes I’ve noticed is her acceptance of food.
I can’t tell you how much joy it gave me to watch her accept pretty much any and all foods as a baby. I could set anything down in front of her, from cereal, to fish to spicy Indian curry and she would plow through it, almost without fail.
These days, I notice she often refuses the more full-flavoured foods and goes for either plain grains (toast, wraps, cereal, rice) or fruit. Veggies and meats, more often than not are pushed aside.
Am I worried?
Toddler brains and bodies are growing incredibly fast and their need to access ‘quick-energy’ to fuel that growth takes over. Their preference for carbohydrate rich grains and sweet fruit (which all breakdown to quick-burning glucose in the body) is a strong biological drive!
Add to that, they’re becoming much more aware of their environment and how their interaction with it can impact their safety. This is when they learn hot things burn, falls can hurt and mosquitos sting! This is also the reason they start to reject foods that are bitter (vegetables, especially green ones!), spicy or sour. Nature has long taught us that some foods with these qualities can be unsafe or even poisonous.
Don’t despair, though. Nurturing adventurous eating by continuing to expose toddlers to the same foods your family eats over and over will eventually win out. It can take up to 15-20 exposure for kids to accept new foods though, so parents, don’t give up!
These zucchini bites were a moderately successful attempt. In the meantime, my hubs and I LOVED them and will keep making them for ourselves, thus exposing our daughter over and over.
These are a take on our popular Broccoli Cheese Patties which are almost universally loved by kids. A simple, quick recipe that combines some kid favourites (cheese, eggs and bread) with a boatload of zucchini. All in a fun bite-sized package. If you’re overloaded with zucchini or summer squash this season, I would absolutely recommend a double batch, because they can easily be frozen and they would make perfect additions to a kid’s school lunch come September.
Speaking of kids. These would be a great recipe to make with kids in the kitchen! Young kids can mix the ingredients and make the patties with their wee hands and older kids can grate the zucchini and cheese.3