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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Our Toddler Food Tips


Many darling parents bend over backwards to get that toddler to eat nutritious food! Since we've recently had some successes in this department -- I thought I'd share a few things that we did!
1. Don't assume or label - Keep offering new foods

We thought our son was just "a kid that didn't like meat". Every time we offered poultry, red meat, fish, whatever -- he would either refuse entirely or pick it out of his mouth and remove! Thankfully, we continued to offer, and in the last couple of months he has ENJOYED chicken AND turkey bacon -- asking for more! I'm glad we didn't assume-he-would-never and instead continued offering and eating meat during meals and were pleasantly surprised with his breakthrough!


2. Mix with the familiar - Chop it small and hide!


If your child is spotting their least favorite foods in their dish, they may refuse outright. Depending on the age, there may be little you can do to get them to change their mind. We've mixed all sorts of healthy chopped or even pureed in with cheese scrambled eggs or Plain Greek Yogurt! He'll eat just about anything when combined with those two favorites. 


3. Spin off of favorites - Broaden your shopping list


So maybe your child isn't liking any vegetables or much past peanut butter, for that matter. Here are a few spin offs that our son enjoys based off his favorite staples. 


What he liked                             . . .             Which led us to add       

  • Peanuts/Peanut Butter       . . .         Cashews, Walnuts, Almonds   (and corresponding butters)
  • Peas                                     . . .            Edamame
  • Parmesan Cheese               . . .           Nutritional Yeast 
  • Cuties                                  . . .          Tomatoes, Oranges, Grapefruit
  • Cookies                                . . .          Healthy Granola/Protein Bars
  • Raisins                                . . .             Prunes, dried Apricots
  • Guacamole                         . . .             Hummus, Bean Dip 


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4. Don't let allergies or diets limit negatively

Here's our story that I put together for a guest post -  Raising a Gluten-Free Toddler on a Playground of Animal Crackers and Cheerios 


I hope these tips and tricks help you and your family! 

Comment below:: What are some of your family's ways of adding health into your diet?
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14 comments :

  1. I LOVE the spin off tip! That's so brilliant. Thanks for linking up to Mamas Tell All.

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  2. These are great!!! Pinning it for future reference, we are only at the puree stage.

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  3. This is so great. Thanks for the tips on what to try instead of something else! :)

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  4. Thanks for linking up! & great tips!!

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  5. Continuing to offer is so important - I read once that you should try a food 20 more times after the first refusal before you know for sure if they're not going to eat it! Love the spin-off tips too - edamame is a great spin off from peas (my little's fave veg) - we will definitely try that! :)

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  6. I'm so glad :D It's so fun to link up with the Mamas!!

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  7. Thanks so much Whitney :D I really appreciate the pin!

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  8. It's been another GREAT link-up experience! I appreciate it :)

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  9. Sounds like parenting advice often is -- don't give up or throw in the towel :D I'm your newest follower now :) Thanks so much for stopping by! I was surprised by some of the success after trying again! Thanks for stopping by and commenting!!

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  10. Ok- YES- this helps a million! Little Eis is a pretty great eater, but sometimes we get stuck in a rut so LOVE the spin offs! Never thought about offering a different type of PB like spread- you are genius! I'm going to pin this for reference! So glad I subscribe to your blog- best $$ I've ever spent, oh wait- its FREE- AMAZING and all the better, what a treat your blog is! :D Thanks!

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  11. Glad I found you on the link-up. These are some great tips! I definitely believe that you have to continue giving it to them even if they don't eat it the first time. My two eat pretty well (for toddlers!) and we have always done this! Now to try the tip about mixing it up and hiding the green vegetables. :)

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  12. Eisley really is a good eater :) but you never know how her palette will grow and adapt! You're the best :D Thank you for all of your support <3

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  13. For sure! :) Another mom reminded me of how much goodness you can pack into SMOOTHIES as well! Toddler world is one of adapting and changing -- it's been quite a ride!

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