Let’s face it, most toddlers are picky eaters. As a mom, you want to make sure that your little ones are getting the right nutrition, but how do you make that happen when you can’t get them to eat what you serve?
Maybe it’s time to start getting sneaky! Make a toddler-friendly recipe that your little one would love, but that contains healthy foods that you added in on the sly.
Simple Toddler Cookies
Every toddler loves cookies, but cookies aren’t always healthy. You can make cookies toddler friendly, and mommy friendly, by sneaking in healthy ingredients.
To start, mix together one and a half cups of sugar, one teaspoon of baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon of salt and two cups of flour in a large mixing bowl. Add in two eggs and one stick of melted butter. Stir the ingredients to create a batch of basic cookie dough.
Now you can add in other ingredients to make the cookies healthy, like one-half cup of hulled hemp seeds, 1/2 cup of sunflower seeds, a teaspoon of powdered spirulina or one tablespoon of flaxseed oil. Spoon on to an ungreased cookie sheet, and bake for 10 minutes in a 375 degree Fahrenheit oven.
Simple Toddler Pasta
Pasta is an easy dish that your toddler is sure to indulge in, even if the pasta is prepared using healthier versions of the traditional dish. Instead of choosing plain-looking semolina pasta, pick out a more colorful variety made with spinach or tomato.
Get pasta that looks like cork screws or bow ties instead of straight pasta. Chop up fresh basil and oregano into canned spaghetti sauce, instead of just using the sauce as it is. This will add a bounty of nutrients and flavor, plus a touch of color that your little one will be drawn to.
Boil the pasta in a pot of water until it is soft, which usually takes between eight and 12 minutes. Try to serve your toddler soft pasta, as apposed to al dente, to avoid a choking hazard. Cover the pasta with warm sauce, and serve to your eager toddler.
Simple Toddler Muffins
Muffins can make a great breakfast or mid-day snack for little tummies. You can take steps to make sure that the muffins will be toddler friendly by avoiding certain ingredients, and adding in other ingredients that are more healthy and safe for little ones.
Use a standard muffin mix from a package if you want to make muffins on the go, or bake them from a standard recipe that uses two cups of flour, one cup of sugar, one cup of milk, two teaspoons of baking powder, one tablespoon of oil and two eggs.
Combine the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients, and stir until just combined. Now you can fold in toddler-safe ingredients, such as fresh blueberries, fresh raspberries, flaxseeds, flaxmeal or oat bran. Avoid ingredients that may cause a choking hazard, like nuts or dried fruit. Spoon into muffin cups, leaving one-third of the cups empty, and bake in a 350 degree Fahrenheit oven for 15 to 20 minutes.
Simple Toddler Sandwiches
If you are looking for a simple lunch for your picky toddler that is still health-packed and delicious, take a new spin on the standard sandwich. Use sprouted bread instead of white, which is full of nutrients and whole grains, and use tasty hummus as a spread, which children seem to take to more than mayonnaise.
If you have large cookie cutters, press one on top of the completed sandwich to turn in into a toddler friendly shape. You can also find similar “sandwich cutters” at any grocery store.