Here’s What 7 Real Toddlers Ate in a Day

Feeding toddlers: The struggle is real.

Sometimes they go days without eating a single vegetable, then they have full meals of only iceberg lettuce. We feel victorious when our preschoolers eat kale—with the caveat that it comes in a fried, dinosaur-shape Tater-Tot.

We needed to feel less alone. So we asked every toddler-mom we know to lay it all bare, and share what her kids eat in a day. (Hint: The Girl Scout cookies have hit us all hard).

Here, the results of our thorough nutritional survey. See how your little eater stacks up. 

little girl eating breakfast in her pjs

J, girl, age 3.5
Breakfast: 1 cup 2% milk, 1 Stonyfield YoKids organic strawberry-banana smoothie, Peter Rabbit Organics strawberry-banana squeezer pouch, 1 bag Pirate's Booty

Snack: Veggie Straws, Annie's organic whole milk strawberry-banana yogurt tube

"Lunch": 1 bag Pirate's Booty

Dinner: Hot dog, 1 cherry tomato, 1 bite celery stalk, Girl Scout cookie, 1 cup 2% milk

G, girl, age 3.5
Breakfast: 3 bites of oatmeal, 2 bites of waffle with jelly, 3 slices of banana, 1 strawberry, 1 cup of milk

Lunch: ½ bite of chicken-and-cheese quesadilla, 3 grapes, 3 pieces of ice. Yes, ice.

Snack: Handful of apple slices and pretzels

Dinner: ½ chocolate chip pancake, few slices of banana, 1 cup of milk (with a time-out in the middle)

adorable toddler enjoying a spoonful of yogurt
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J, boy, age 3.5
Breakfast: Cheerios, 1 strawberry

Lunch: Leftover Cheerios from breakfast, jelly sandwich, skinless apple slices

Dinner: Chicken fingers and fish sticks with ketchup, occasionally another strawberry, Dannon yogurt drink

E, boy, age 4
Breakfast: 1 slice of Dave’s Killer Bread “Good Seed” bread with peanut butter, 1 apple sauce pouch, 1 carton of Apple & Eve Cookie Monster juice (I think it’s some orange-y flavor)

Morning Snack: Annie’s organic whole milk strawberry-banana yogurt tube, 1 handful of Pirate’s Booty

Lunch: 1 cup of Horizon chocolate milk, 1 nibble of ham-and-Swiss on whole wheat bread, ½ carton of Tropicana orange-strawberry-banana juice

Afternoon Snack: 2 bowls of Annie’s Cheddar Bunnies, 1 handful of Smart Puffs, 1 fruit/veggie pouch

Dinner: 2 bites of hot dog, 1 yogurt tube, 1 cup of chocolate milk, 0 bites of corn on the cob lovingly prepared by his mother

little boy timidly trying new food

N, boy, age 2
Breakfast: ½ slice of Dave’s Killer Bread organic raisin bread with peanut butter, 1 apple sauce pouch, ½ yogurt pouch, 2 sips 2% milk

Morning Snack: 2 more sips 2% milk

Lunch: ½ grilled cheese sandwich (cheddar on whole wheat), ¼ of my sandwich, stolen from me (turkey, Muenster, lettuce and mayo on whole wheat), 6 Ritz crackers, ¼ carton Tropicana orange-strawberry-banana juice

Afternoon Snack: 1 handful Annie’s Cheddar Bunnies, 2 bowls Smart Puffs

Dinner: 1 fruit/veggie pouch, ½ cup 2% milk, 0 bites of hot dog, 0 bites of corn on the cob lovingly prepared by his mother

O, boy, age 4
Breakfast: 1 cup of milk, 1 bite of French toast, 3 bites of string cheese, many handfuls of Puffins (dry cereal), multiple servings of fruit salad

Lunch: ½ of potato hot dog roll with ketchup, sliced turkey, and shredded mozzarella, carrot sticks, yellow bell pepper, 1 pickle

Snack: Pretzels with hummus, Smoothie made with kale and mixed fruit

Dinner: 1 slice of turkey bacon, ½ sandwich with egg, cheese, and avocado, 2 cucumber slices, 2 cherry tomatoes, 1 "snack size" Kit Kat

G, girl, age 4
Breakfast: 1 cup whole milk, half an organic Honeycrisp apple

Morning Snack: Teddy Grahams, a few sliced Cotton Candy Grapes

Lunch in the car: One slice organic turkey breast, GoGo berry yogurt squeezer, 2 blackberries, Most of Clif Kid Zbar Organic Energy Snack chocolate brownie bar, organic broccoli-apple squeezer, Organic blueberry- banana squeezer

Afternoon Snack: 2 S’mores Girl Scout cookies

Dinner: Amy’s Mac n’ Cheese, Water