Munchkin Meals: What a 1 Year Old Eats

by tinysneakers

You’d think feeding a child would be pretty easy. I mean, I’ve been feeding myself for almost 3 decades. I’ve been semi-feeding the husband for almost 6 years.

But it’s not so easy. What’s safe to give a baby? When do you start? How much? How often?

I’ve slowly but surely gotten the hang of things. We’ve gotten lucky in that he’s always been a good eater. A little unlucky in that some of his food choices are limited, but his options are slowly but surely broadening each and every day, which is making meal time more and more fun. {Except for those few meals where he refuses to do anything but throw his food on the floor.}

My friend Brittany hosts “Munchkin Meals”, a monthly link-up of all things baby and toddler food. It’s a great way to see what other parents are feeding their kids without being that nosy neighbor peering over someone else’s shoulder. So here are some of the things KB eats in a typical day. The pictures are a mashup of days, since pulling out my phone for even a quick pic is sometimes asking too much when a hungry hungry toddler demands food. {Ignore the crappy picture quality and the inevitable messes in the background- this is real life people.}

All the books tell you not to worry that your baby/toddler doesn’t eat much; it’s normal & portion sizes for this age group are small. <—NOT the case for this kiddo. He already eats us out of house & home; I can’t imagine what his teenage years will bring.

Munchkin Meals: 12 Months


Breakfast is by far KB’s favorite meal of the day. Even though he has a marathon nursing session in the early am, he’s always ready for breakfast. And then some.

Some of his favorites:

– Steel cut oats {gluten-free} &  buckwheat groats {and/or quinoa} with pureed mixed berries, spinach, and/or pumpkin.

– Pancakes: these 2+ ingredient pancakes remain a favorite, but now that he can tolerate more foods, I often make a big batch of whatever I’m making for myself and share with him, minus the chocolate chips & nuts



– Bananas. The kid cannot get enough. Bananas, bananas, and more bananas. Fact: he threw his 1st temper tantrum over not getting a 3rd slice of banana bread.



Lunch & Dinner

These get thrown in the same category because he tends to eat similar things for these meals.

He usually gets something with protein, a veggie, and a fruit. Sometimes a couple veggies and no fruit, or vice versa. I don’t worry about it too much.


Favorite proteins: beans, beans, and beans-  kidney beans, black beans, chickpeas, cannellini beans, you name it. Perfect for little fingers too. He’s a big fan of quinoa too. We’ve tried egg yolks, salmon, and chicken, but he’s not a fan yet.

baby eating chili

Favorite veggies: roasted potatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, sweet potatoes. He’s rebelling against corn, peas, and lima beans right now.

Favorite fruits: BANANAS, pineapple, grapes, pears, mandarin oranges.

Kabes will eat a lot of the same things we do, but usually the next day since we eat dinner after he goes to bed. He loves spaghetti {with rice noodles}, chili, and black bean burgers.

baby eating spaghetti

Snacks & On-the-Go

He doesn’t really have a “snack time” at this point since he still nurses 4 times a day, but these are some of the things I tend to carry with me- either for when hunger strikes at an inopportune time, or when we’re out somewhere where the food choices don’t work for him because of his food allergies {birthday parties, restaurants, etc.}


Rice cakes & puffed corn. Pureed pumpkin and/or applesauce in reusable pouches {we use Little Green Pouch}. Store bought pouches {we use HappyBaby/HappyTot since they are dairy-soy-gluten free.} Fruit cups: mixed fruit & mandarin oranges {in fruit juice, no sugar added}.

Green smoothies are always a winner too- and a mess.


Fats & Seasonings

This kid isn’t afraid of flavor- cinnamon, chili powder, cumin, garlic, oregano, basil, pepper, curry- I try to include as many as I can in his daily rotation and so far he loves them all. I use coconut or olive oil when I prepare a lot of his foods to sneak in some extra fat. Avocados used to be our go-to fat source, but he hasn’t loved them as much lately.


Momma milk. Winking smile

We’ve also started including almond and coconut milk to see how he likes it/tolerates it. No decisions made on the extended breastfeeding thing yet. Although it’s looking like it’ll be awhile longer- he’s really not a fan of sippy cups/straw cups.


He’s a very helpful cleaner-up too:

I mean, “helpful”.


So there ya have it. Munchkin meals at 12 months.

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

MIZ February 7, 2013 at 8:58 am

and missss the little littles 🙂


Katelyn Block February 7, 2013 at 12:22 pm

THIS PRECIOUS CHILD. Even though I am sooo not of child-bearing age yet, I love this. Families are changing how they feed their babes! (more naturally)

It’s amazing.


Caroline @ crackers & carrots February 7, 2013 at 12:31 pm

This is such a great help! Liam is 8 months right now and I am the most confused and self-conscious I’ve ever been when it comes to feeding him. It’s good to see what all a 1 year old eats to know what we’re working up to! Liam does 4-5 momma’s milk feedings per day too and the rest is 1 bottle of formula, homemade baby food and finger foods.


Laura @ Mommy Run Fast February 7, 2013 at 12:31 pm

My daughter was the same way! All my friends were stressing about getting there kids to eat enough, and she was gobbling everything down and asking for more. It’s a good problem to have. 🙂
She used to love beans, but is now refusing them. I’ve started offering small amounts of natural chicken or salmon for more protein… she’s a serious carb lover! Takes work to get protein in, other than eggs. Looks like he’s doing so great! Love the last pics of the dishwasher “help”!


Jane February 11, 2013 at 3:41 pm

He looks so happy chowing down!

We’re also doing Baby Led Weaning, and I’m wondering how to introduce things like oatmeal and quinoa that are too small and not really clumpy to eat with just your hands. Same things with soup. When he’s eating yogurt, my son grabs the spoon and I just help guide it. How does KB handle this?


Heather February 14, 2013 at 10:19 am

I didn’t stress too much about it and things that I would normally eat with a spoon, I let him eat with a spoon- sometimes I fed it to him, sometimes he grabs the spoon and tries himself, other times I load the spoon up and put it on his tray and he grabs it off the spoon with his hands. It makes a huge mess. 😉

I usually make the oatmeal a little thicker so it’s easier for him to eat with his hands since I know he’s going to end up doing that anyways.


Robyn June 17, 2013 at 5:11 pm

Hi! I’m just now finding your blog and I’m so glad I did! I am gluten intolerant, so everything my little one eats is also GF. She is almost 10 months old so I am branching out to baked goods (your banana muffins/pancakes are what brought me here and I’ve been going from page to page for over an hour now… Oops!) but my question is actually about the snacks you feed your son. I saw you give him green smoothies. I’m really interested in this! What do you put in your smoothies and how does he drink them best (sippy cup, regular cup, straw…)? Also, how do you transport them on the go?


tinysneakers June 24, 2013 at 10:17 am

I put everything in them! Bananas, almond milk, and spinach for sure, then whatever else is on hand: blueberries, strawberries, peaches, hemp seeds, coconut milk, etc.

I usually put them in a cup with a straw (take n toss from 1st years) or a straw sippy cup (tommee tippee) on the go so I can close it up and keep it chilled. Sometimes he drinks them from a regular cup, but that makes a HUGE mess. 😉


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