Maintaining a nutritious and well-balanced diet for toddler can prove to be difficult. Most toddlers are picky eaters and getting them to eat can be a battle. Here are some choices for a variety of nutritious food that your toddlers may enjoy.
Grilled Cheese Sandwich – Its easy to make and tastes great. Use whole grain instead of white bread to make it a healthier choice. Cut into fun shapes so children have fun while eating. You can add a little butter to the toasted bread to soften the bread. My kids don’t like toast or crusts. A little butter softens the toast and they like it.
Mashed Yams. Add a bit of butter and mash up. It has a slight sweet taste that kids love.
Cinnamon Rasin Bread with Jelly or Cream Cheese Spread. The first time I gave this to my daughter she didn’t want it, before she even tasted it. I waited a few days and offered it to her again. I told her it was cake with frosting and her eyes lit up. She absolutely loves it. I use lite spread and low fats raisin bread.
Honey Nut Cheerios or Plan Cheerios with milk. I let the cheerios sit in the milk for a few minutes so that they soften up. My son doesn’t like to eat the cheerios without milk as I had tried to feed him many times before. He likes them softened and prefers Honey Nut to the plain.
Yogurt. Color is a decisive factor for kid’s food choices. Try the already mixed yogurt as opposed to the fruit at the bottom yogurt. Once they are accustomed to eating yogurt, graduate to the variety of yogurt that you all like. My daughter loved the strawberry yogurt because its pink. She now doesn’t care about the color and loves any type of yogurt.
Oatmeal. This one is a bit tricky. My daughter still won’t try it no matter what, but my son loves it. If your children are young enough, get them started on oatmeal right away. Make smiley faces on the oatmeal using fresh fruit.
Tacos, Fajitas or Quesadillas. You can make this healthy by cooking chicken or steak with vegetables. Put out a spread of lettuce, low fat sour cream, low fat cheese and salsa. Allow the children to create their own taco. For the children who will be less likely to eat the chicken with veggies, make quesadillas instead. The quesadillas in enclosed and they can’t see whats inside. They can add their toppings to the top of the quesadilla without seeing the inside.
Finally I suggest watering down fruit drinks that you may give children. Half juice and half water should be sufficient. I have made this a practice for my entire family and it works great. Its a great way to incorporate more water into our diets and keep sugar intake to a minimum. We canno longer drink juice without water in it because its just too sweet for us. This is also a money saver.
Remember children need a few tries before they will begin to like a food, so be persistent. Lead by example and make healthy choices for your family, not just easy ones.