A little fun and a lot of nutrition…snacks for toddlers
A little fun plus a little nutrition, and some of your food battles may be over!
We all know that feeding a toddler can be challenging. What your child will eat today may not be what he will eat tomorrow…maybe not even an hour from now! Toddlers are picky eaters which often results in anxiety for parents.
As parents, the best approach always is to relax, offer healthy and exciting foods, and allow your toddler to eat when he is hungry, no battles. Food battles can ruin many a meal if you allow them to start. Remember, no healthy toddler that is offered nutritious food will starve himself! So, get creative, be fun, offer new tastes, and sit back and watch your toddler discover new foods. Don’t ever assume your child will not eat something…no healthy food is off limits; and don’t ever assume your child will eat what he ate yesterday! That is just what toddlers do.
Here are some fun examples of toddler foods to try! Thanks to a Mom in my Toddler Time Support Group for the smoothie recipes!
Trader’s Point Creamery Low-Fat Vanilla Yogurt-works great in smoothies. Trader’s Point also has flavored berry yogurt and mango that would be delicious!
- 1 avocado peeled and pitted
- 3/4 cup orange juice (can reduce the amount of juice and use yogurt)
- 3/4 cup raspberry juice (can reduce the amount of juice and use yogurt)
- 1/2 cup frozen raspberries
- In blender combine all ingredients, blend and smoothie is ready!
- Frozen Blackberries
- Frozen Blueberries
- Vanilla Yogurt
- Grape Juice
- In your blender combine ½ cup frozen blackberries, 1 cup frozen blueberries, ½ cup vanilla yogurt, ¼ cup grape juice and ¼ cup milk. Blend until smooth.
- 1 cup almond milk, try the coconut-almond for fun
- 1 ripe banana, preferably peeled + frozen (just peel & throw in freezer in the morning so it is ready for an afternoon snack, try frozen strawberries too)
- 2 handfuls organic spinach
- 1 tbsp chia seeds or 1 tbsp ground flax
- 1 tbsp nut butter-any kind
- 1-3 ice cubes
- Add the 1 cup of milk of your choice, then add the chia or flax and nut butter. Add the spinach next followed by the frozen banana or strawberries. Blend, then add ice and blend again.
Try the Sambazon Acai Puree smoothie packs. The recipe is on the back of the package. This is an easy smoothie that is full of vitamin C and Omegas and less than 3 grams of sugar!
All these smoothies make several servings. Give your toddler a ½ cup, remember toddler servings are smaller than an adult’s! This will leave a little left for you, put your toddler down for a nap and enjoy and one yourself!
Toddlers love to dip…why not try kabobs with dipping sauce? Great snack or meal for your picky toddler!
Use a thin pretzel stick as the skewer for kabobs! Be a little creative, it makes lunch or snacks so much more fun.
- Alternate cantaloupe cubes, mozzarella balls (bite size), ham or prosciutto rolled
- Alternate pineapple chunks, Swiss cheese and ham.
- Provide pizza sauce for dipping..think Hawaiian pizza!
- Alternate string cheese, olives or grapes (halved) and turkey.
- Alternate grilled chicken, bell pepper cubes, sliced oranges. Provide a teriyaki dipping sauce.
This website provides great recipes for creative ways to make vegetables fun! We all could use some fun with our meals!
Relax and enjoy being creative and helping your child develop “healthy” taste buds! You just might have a little fun and eat a little healthier too!
Take a breath, enjoy the joyful moments of each day, and remember you don’t have to be perfect to be the perfect parent.
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