Do you struggle to prepare healthy and varied meals for your toddler? It can be easy to get in a rut with a finicky eater who demands the same thing (in our house it’s applesauce) EVERY day. I want to share some easy meals that are toddler approved (by Hannah) and pretty healthy.
We’ve been blessed to have a pretty good eater, but Hannah can definitely be demanding and picky at times. Here are some tips that we use to encourage her to eat healthily and encourage her to try new foods.
Tips For Getting Your Toddler to Eat Well
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- I put at least two foods I know Hannah will eat and a food that is either unfamiliar, or one that she is not a fan of on her plate.
- I don’t make a big deal if she doesn’t eat all of her food. She knows she can leave food she doesn’t like, or isn’t in the mood for (this eliminates a lot of power struggles over food).
- If she hasn’t eaten something I know she does usually like, I will put it in the fridge and offer it again later when she tells me she is hungry.
- I try to provide lots of positive reinforcement if she does try something new (we often say cheers and touch our food together instead of our drinks, which she LOVES).
- I try to provide balanced meals, with some proteins, grains and at least two fruit/veggies (Hannah also has a glass of milk at each meal). The Oxo Tot Divided Plate makes it easy to ensure she has proper portion sizes.
- Hannah is more excited to eat fruit and veggies when she has dip (usually yogurt or hummus).
- I often let Hannah choose at least of few of her foods (sometimes I give her a choice between two) so she feels she has more control over what she eats (this accounts for a few strange choices like hummus for breakfast!).
- We try hard not to let her eat junk food or much processed food. I think this is the main reason why she eats so well. I’m hoping I can keep this up as she grows up.
Healthy and Easy Meals for Toddlers
Meals clockwise from top left:
- Oatmeal, applesauce and strawberries with blueberry yogurt for dip
- Bagel with peanut butter, blueberries, blackberries and freeze dried fruit (banana and blueberry)
- Oatmeal cup with raspberries, cheese, kiwi and blueberries
- Oatmeal cup with blueberries, bananas, strawberries and blueberry yogurt to dip
- Oatmeal, kiwi, cheese and blueberries
- Breakfast muffin, applesauce, blackberries, carrots with hummus dip
- Oatmeal cup, strawberries, banana and blueberry yogurt to dip
- English Muffin with peanut butter, blueberries, strawberries with blueberry yogurt to dip.
- Kale and basil pesto roll-up with cheese, snap peas and kiwi
- Pita pockets with hummus, chicken, cheese and blueberries
- Hamburger, zucchini, green beans and tomatoes
- English muffin and hummus, apple, kiwi and blueberries
- Kale and basil pesto roll-up with cheese, watermelon, carrots and hummus
- Pita pockets with peanut butter, kiwi, strawberries and yogurt dip
- Chicken pesto pasta, cherry tomatoes, green beans and blueberries
- Peanut butter flatbread, cheese and blueberries
- Pita pockets with peanut butter, ham and carrots
- Tilapia, rice, zucchini and cherry tomatoes
- Sausage, potatoes, onions and carrots
- Salmon, potatoes, carrots and cherry tomatoes
- Tilapia, kale and basil pesto pasta, blueberries and blackberries
- Chicken pesto pasta, cantaloupe, strawberries and blueberry yogurt
- Salmon, carrots, potatoes and pineapple
- Hamburger, carrots and a plum
What are your little ones favorite easy meals? Do you have any strategies for getting picky eaters to eat nutritious foods? Share them below!