January 25, 2016

Healthier Toddler Meal Ideas

Healthier Toddler Meal Ideas

My three year old is not a huge eater. However, I still always try to serve him healthy, balanced meals and make sure he eats a variety of protein, fruits, veggies, healthy fats, and grains. Through trial and error I have found a few healthy meals that I know he will always eat. Every toddler is different, obviously, but I wanted to share what I have found to be successful.

These are all quick, easy, and cheap meal ideas that you can whip up for breakfast and lunch. Who has time to cook during the day? I don’t even like to cook dinner once a day, let alone for all three meals!

 

Breakfast ideas:

Banana dogs- wheat tortilla spread with a nut butter and rolled around a banana, then cut into bite sized pieces

Waffles with fruit and a side of cottage cheese-Waffles can be made at the beginning of the week and placed in the freezer so you don’t have to make them on busy mornings.)

Yogurt with fruit. We have been loving Noosa yogurt at our house lately. SO DELICIOUS! And it is made with whole milk.

Muffins-another make ahead and freeze option

Scrambled eggs with cheese, ham, and spinach. Most kids don’t notice the spinach in their scrambled eggs because you really can’t taste it.

Scrambled eggs and toast with a nut butter

Protein smoothie- Ingredient ideas: milk, water, juice, greek yogurt, protein powder, greens such as kale or spinach, banana, blueberries, strawberries, peanut butter… My son loves his smoothies. I pack them full of every healthy ingredient I have. They usually end up being more than one serving so I put the rest in the freezer.

 

Lunch:

Turkey and cheese sandwich on Oroweat bread thins with applesauce and carrots- Lucas eats the Oroweat bread thins much better than traditional, thick wheat bread.

Annie’s organic macaroni and cheese, frozen peas, and mandarin oranges. (Kids LOVE frozen peas. And yes, let them eat them FROZEN! My sister in law showed me this idea and it was brilliant.) Annie’s is a favorite at our house. Their shells and white cheddar macaroni is so yummy! Plus Annie’s has no artificial colors or flavors and it’s made with wheat noodles and real cheese.

Chicken nuggets, frozen blueberries, olives. Frozen blueberries are another one of Lucas’ favorite snacks.

Hot dog, watermelon, spinach with poppyseed dressing. When I put poppyseed dressing on spinach, Lucas gobbles it up! And so do I! I love that stuff.

Greek yogurt and fruit, wheat crackers with peanut butter

Quesadilla with turkey, avocado, and grapes

Other ideas for sides/snacks: celery, pears, peaches, apple slices, melon

I hope this helps moms with picky eaters! Or just moms who have ran out of ideas for meals. What are your kids’ go-to meals?

 

 

 

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