Getting your toddler to eat any kind of food can be difficult enough, to try to get them to eat something with some sort of nutritious value is almost impossible. My son has been pretty sick of eating baby food for a while, he is 14 months old and almost strictly big boy food, with the occasional plum and peaches jar of baby food. There is also a very short list of foods that he enjoys no matter what, these include cottage cheese, pears, string cheese and bananas. The kid goes nuts for bananas! There are also a few things that no matter how often I attempt to feed him, he looks at me like I am disgusting, such as chicken nuggets, tater tots and ravioli. These foods must be something children grow to love when they are a little bit older. I am sure there is a vast future of fish sticks, hot dogs and cheez-Its, but for now, I just want my kid to eat. I know there are plenty of mothers out there who have a similar problem and so for them, I give you a few quick recipes that your little one might enjoy. My finicky eater even fell for these ones.
Extra Cheese pizza
Simple pizza using whole wheat english muffin, or plain bagel. Spread pizza sauce if you don’t have time to whip up your own. I always like to buy tomato paste and tomato sauce and combine with my own seasoning. The sauce freezes well so you don’t have to make it very often. A large slice of a tomato is also a great option. Then top it off with either shredded mozzarella or even grab some string cheese and spread it on top. If your kid is adventurous, slice up an olive or mushroom to top it all off. Bake until cheese melts.
As long as your little one has plenty of teeth, take a cup of kix cereal, a cup of raisins, a cup of goldfish crackers, a table-spoon of chopped chocolate chips and mix them all together. It sounds kind of weird, but the combination delights little kids because it is like a surprise with each bite.
Macaroni and veggies
When making boxed macaroni, you need to make sure there is plenty of butter and milk in order to create a much smoother taste. Sometimes toddlers aren’t ready for the intense taste of that powdered cheese. Also add a few American sliced singles of cheese. To top it off add peas and cooked carrots. Frozen vegetables have less sodium than the canned, so keep that in mind. If you want to really be bold, add a bit of brocoli in the mix, my kid loves to eat little trees.
Special Grilled Cheese
basic grilled cheese on wheat bread. Make sure to put a little butter on each slice and drop a small amount of olive oil in the pan. Just use one slice of cheese and add a few slices of apple. Grill normally, and you will get a very yummy healthier alternative to a grilled cheese.
Take half a cup of apple sauce, half a cup of cottage cheese. Add 1/4 tsp of cinnamon and sprinkle on a few raisins. Mix everything together.
Banana nut bread
If you have the extra time, and man I know that we never really do, try this simple recipe for banana nut bread. Your toddler will love it. I don’t make mine with nuts like many recipes call for because a lot of young kids have too many allergies to keep track of, so I am not going to be the mother who brings dangerous food to the playgroup.
1/2 c. oil
1 c. sugar
2 beaten eggs
2-3 bananas (ripe)
2 c. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
3 tbsp. milk
1/2 tsp. vanilla Bake for about an hour on 350
So there are a few suggestions, let me know what you feed your toddler and the creative ways that you have gotten them to eat.