15 Foods that are Toddler Friendly

IMG_0858Most toddlers are very picky eaters, but there are foods that they will ask for and will not turn away. If you mix and match with lots of variety, you can have a happy and healthy child.

  1. Clementines. They are in season right now. They are also sweet, easy to peel and eat.
  2. Tuna fish. The albacore tuna is best. It contains omega-3, which is good for brain development. Add some chopped tomato or cucumber for color.
  3. Nut butters. Whether it peanut, almond, or cashew butter, they all taste great.
  4. Sweet potatoes. They’re naturally sweet and are higher in both vitamin C and vitamin A than white potatoes. Sweet potato fries are an alternative to regular ones.
  5. Chicken. Baked chicken makes a terrific meal. Chicken nuggets and strips are finger foods. Just make sure that they are made from REAL CHICKEN free of antibiotics, not the processed stuff.
  6. Turkey. There haven’t been any reports about turkeys being given antibiotics or hormones. Add a very small amount of gravy for extra flavor.
  7. Spinach. This is a green vegetable that most kids will eat. My son loves it. To cook fresh spinach, add some olive oil and a little garlic. Since spinach is mostly water, you won’t need to add much.
  8. Green beans. They are easy for small children to eat.
  9. Bananas.  They’re high in potassium and can be added to cereal or eaten in bites.
  10. Chocolate chip cookies. My son doesn’t eat junk food, but sometimes we let him eat chocolate chips cookies. Famous Amos cookies are bit size and do not contain high fructose corn syrup.
  11. Graham crackers. Excellent for snacks. Most brands are now being made without high fructose corn syrup.
  12. Popcorn.  A healthy way to eat this is to buy the gourmet kernel popcorn, like Orville Redenbacher, and use an air popper. Add olive oil and kosher salt. I was surprised at the taste of this combination.
  13. Watermelon.  It’s not in season right now, but very tasty and refreshing. Stay away from seedless watermelon. It’s genetically altered.
  14. Apples.  Whatever kind you prefer…Gala, Red Delicious, Granny Smith… cut them into slices for snacking.
  15. Yogurt.  A simple addition to a school lunch or for breakfast. Add fresh fruit for variety.

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