Lottie ate anything I put in front of her until the day she turned two. I think a lot of it is her developing the cognitive skills she needs to make a decision based on taste. She will still eat some broccoli and she is ok with beans, but that is about it as far as healthy goes. We do make her mac ‘n cheese home-made with wheat pasta and parmesan, but I am still not putting that in the healthy category.
My best friend’s nieces are the cutest things in the world. Their mama, Janice Hudgins, is always making them these wholesome, food pyramid meals that they actually eat. Every time Lottie plays with them, she scores one of these meals, and she does eat them. The one component of the meal that I loved was Janice’s rice balls.
Rice is a healthy grain, and Lottie really likes it. Here is the problem: My OCD and rice don’t mix. It sticks to everything and when Lottie ate it, she was covered head to toe in it. Then I discovered…the rice ball. Now I like to add a few fun and healthy surprises in her rice balls, and we are good to go. Making them into small balls makes them fun to eat and mess free!
Serves one toddler for 5 meals
– 1 cup of rice
– 1 cup of water
– 1 tsp salt
– 1 tsp soy sauce (optional)
– Anything you want to add to the balls
- Cook rice in rice cooker as directed (sushi rice works best)
- Make a bowl of warm salt water.
- Dip hands in warm salt water.
- Grab a little rice, roll it into a ball.
- Put on plate and top with soy sauce and anything else you want to try.
Money Saving Tip: Buy rice in bulk. It lasts forever. Go to an Asian market and get a big bag so you always have it!