According to USDA's MyPyramid.gov, a healthy diet is one that "Emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products; includes lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, and nuts..." Feeding your child healthy foods early on is essential in proper development. Remember to try to include meat, grains, veggies, fruit and dairy throughout your toddler's day.
Pasta delight consists of whole wheat, bite-sized pasta pieces, spaghetti sauce and ground lean beef (or ground turkey). To make this easy toddler meal, place pasta in a pot of water and bring it to a boil on the stove. Brown the ground meat in a skillet. Drain the pasta and add the spaghetti sauce. Drain the meat and add the meat to the pasta and spaghetti sauce. Stir the ingredients together well. Spoon out one serving onto a toddler plate. Add a side of cooked mixed veggies.
Hot Soup and Sandwich
Make your own soup and sandwich for an easy toddler meal. Pour a can of low sodium vegetable broth into a pot on the stove. Add fresh-cut veggies to the pot. Bring the soup to a boil, then reduce the heat and allow it to simmer until the veggies are soft. For an even quicker method, use canned veggies instead of fresh ones. Canned veggies will already be soft and will take less time to heat up.
Make a toddler sandwich using two slices of whole grain white bread, a piece of cheese and slice of ham. Use a cookie cutter to cut a toddler-friendly shape from the sandwich. Toast the sandwich and serve it warm with the soup.
Make your own mini pizzas for a healthy toddler meal. Turn the oven onto broil. While it is heating up, separate a hamburger bun and place each piece on an oven pan. Spoon out a small amount of pizza sauce and spread it over the top of each piece of bread. Sprinkle a little mozzarella cheese over the top. Add other toppings such as mushrooms, pepperoni, olives or ground fully cooked turkey. Arrange the toppings to make a smiley face, balloon or other figure your toddler might enjoy. Stick them into the oven until the cheese is melted and bubbly. Serve with a side of thin carrot sticks and ranch dressing.
Eggs and Toast
Feeding picky eaters can be a challenge. Serve them up some eggs and toast with a carrot puree in the scrambled eggs. To make the carrot puree, place a small amount of cooked carrots into a blender. Blend the carrots until they form a puree paste. Crack one or two eggs into a small bowl. Whisk the eggs for 20 seconds. Pour in a small amount of the carrot puree. Continue to whisk the egg and carrot puree until you have a smooth mixture. Pour the mixture into a hot, buttered skillet. Stir the eggs until they are fully cooked. Place the eggs on a plate with a piece of whole wheat toast. Cut the toast in half, diagonally. Spread a thin layer of strawberry preserves on the toast.