3 Fabulously Healthy Toddler Meals
Are you looking for healthy toddler meals? If so, this blog post is a must-read. Click here for more details!
Most people know that eating fish is good for brain development but a recent study in Scientific Reports also shows that children who eat fish also sleep better. Having some knowledge of nutrition research is helpful when you are planning healthy toddler meals. It’s also great if the food you are feeding your toddler is also good for you and the rest of your family, even if it’s just that you get a good nights sleep!
The following recipes are healthy and tasty too. You must make a judgment as to whether your child is ready to eat these foods and supervise their eating.
Read on to learn about 3 fabulous healthy toddler meals.
Meatballs With Secret Vegetables
If you have a toddler that is refusing to eat their vegetables it can be very frustrating for you. Day after day you do your best to prepare deliciously and more importantly nutritious vegetables only to have a battle with your toddler about eating them. Mealtime should be a positive experience for both of you.
One way around this problem is to secretly include vegetables into the food they love. They get nutritious food and you both get a happy mealtime. Even better if you and other members of the family enjoy the food too.
After they have eaten a few mouthfuls and loved it you might like to explain to them that they are eating vegetables.
- 1/2 cup of carrots, chopped
- 1/2 cup fresh parsley
- 1 onion
- 1/2 cup breadcrumbs (click here for low carb breadcrumb substitutes)
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 egg
- 2 tbs of milk (optional)
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup parmesan, grated
Warm the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Grind the vegetables in a food processor to the same consistency as the ground beef.
Mix the beef and vegetables and the remaining ingredients to form into small meatballs. Think one-inch toddler sized treats.
Coat a foil-covered, rimmed baking sheet oil or non-stick spray. Place the meatballs on the tray and bake for 20 minutes or until cooked completely through.
Serve with pasta and a family favorite pasta sauce or healthy, low carb tomato ketchup.
This is a dish you and all the family can have together. Adults and older children might like to have the shredded chicken in a taco shell or lettuce wrap if you are following a low carb or ketogenic diet. You can even use the chicken in sandwiches, soups, and salads.
Lean meat like chicken breast is healthy and nutritious for everybody. Chicken thighs are a better choice (and more flavorful!) if you are on a LCHF (low carb high fat) eating plan. It can be combined with cooked or raw vegetables to make a square meal.
- Enough chicken breasts/thighs for the family
- A little olive oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Your favorite herbs such as dried thyme or rosemary
Heat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the chicken breasts in a casserole dish and coat with a little oil. Add some seasoning and the herbs.
Bake for around 30 to 35 minutes or until thoroughly cooked. Use a cooking thermometer to check the internal temperature is 165. When cooked let the chicken rest and then shred it well using two forks.
Serve with a low carb veggie of choice your kiddo loves like broccoli, cauliflower or carrots. Add a flavorful low carb BBQ sauce for a delicious taste explosion. Kids and adults love it.
This simple salad is one all the family can enjoy and works well for your toddler too. It includes fish, so you are helping your toddler’s brain development as well as helping them sleep well. There is enough in this recipe for 4 servings.
- Two 6-ounce cans of tuna
- An apple
- One stalk of celery
- 1/4 Greek yogurt
- Season to taste
Core and chop the apple up into chunks and chop the celery up. Flake the tuna and mix all the ingredients together. Serve on its own or as a sandwich filling for adults.
Healthy Toddler Meals
You can use their favorite foods as accompaniments to introduce a wider range of healthy toddler meals to them.
For some more articles about healthy eating, click here.