As 2015 is ushered in, one of the goals in our household is to take continued steps towards living a healthier lifestyle. This includes the foods that we eat and one of the ways I hope to do this is by establishing early healthy eating habits with Squeaker. At 13 months, and still breastfeeding, Squeaker also eats a fair amount of solid foods. But when I started to rack my brain about healthy snack and meal ideas for toddlers, I was coming up short. I do have a few cookbooks but I also wanted to see what other moms were doing with their kids. So, here I have for you:
15 + Healthy Snack and Meal Ideas for Toddlers
Featured in the collage: Top Ten Healthy Convenience Foods for Kids, Apple Teeth Snack, Almond Oat Banana Smoothie, Granola Bites, Mango Banana and Orange Fruit Puree, Banana Bread Made with Greek Yogurt, 10 Great Finger Foods for a First Birthday Party
I also realize, of course, that you know your child best. If you or your child is food sensitive or has a food allergy, make the necessary changes to fit your needs. So far we haven’t noticed any food sensitivities or allergies with Squeaker, but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t there. Lactose intolerance runs in my family and though Squeaker hasn’t had too much dairy to this point in her life, she hasn’t shown a sensitivity to it either. However, we’re also going to limit the amount of cow’s milk products that she consumes. This is a personal choice and something that I’ll talk about in another post.
For now, on to the round-up!
- Quick and Easy Vegan Banana and Pumpkin Muffins – from Thinking Outside the Box
- 5 Healthy and Fun Snack Ideas for Kids – from How Does Your Garden Grow
- Peas and Sauce from – Atlanta’s Frugal Mom
- Oven Roasted Parmesan Green Beans from – Ann’s Entitled Life
- English Muffin Pizzas from Penny Pincher Jenny
- Healthy Butternut Squash Fries from 3 Boys and a Dog
- Granola Fruit Tart from Homemade Interest
- Fruit Cups in Orange Halves from See Mom Click
- No Bake Peanut Butter Snack Balls from See Mom Click
- Homemade Fruit Pizza from Raking in the Savings
- Tuna Canoes from 3 Boys and a Dog
- Fresh Strawberry Muffins from Coffee With Us 3
- Vitamix Applesauce Twist from Atlanta’s Frugal Mom
I’m really loving the sound of those of oven roasted Parmesan green beans and cannot wait to give them a try.
That’s the other thing I want to be mindful of in our quest to healthier living and eating- foods that the whole family can enjoy. Because yes, establishing healthy eating habits for toddlers is a great start- but I think the effect is magnified when she can see the entire family eating the same food. With Kyle and I, and Sweet B for that matter, it’s not too much of a problem. Her older brothers T & J, on the other hand, well, that might require a whole new round up for healthy eating for the picky eater.
What about you? What suggestions would you have for establishing healthy eating habits for toddlers?
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