Toddler Food Ideas

New to the world of kid food?  So was I, so I did my research and had several play dates where I got lots of unique snack ideas for toddlers.  Here's what I found:

Snacks: "Bites please!"  If you hear this all day like I do, you might be racking your brain to come up with something different for junior to eat.  Here are my go-tos:
  • Peanut butter crackers: protein source!
  • Goldfish: they even offer whole grain ones
  • Applesauce pouches: great for on the go!
  • Fruit and veggie pouches: for those picky veggie eaters
  • Raisins, cranberries, dried fruit, yogurt covered raisins
  • Fruit snacks: 100% juice or even contain fruit and veggies
  • Popsicles: great for sick days, teething, mouth injuries or when kids won't drink
  • Yogurt: available in baby, kid and adult sizes, also Gogurt works great in the freezer as a Popsicle!
  • Carrots, baby tomatoes...if you're lucky, try ranch for a dip if not!
  • Pretzels, Cheerios, make your own trail mix!

Meals: Start early trying to get your little one to eat what you're having so you don't have to make multiple meals.  For the nights this doesn't work, here are some tips and ideas:
  • Scrambled eggs and toast
  • Granola bars, Nutrigrain bars, etc and fruit
  • Oatmeal mixed with fruit cups or applesauce
  • Pancakes or muffins: make them together!
  • Frozen waffles or raisin bread with cut up fruit: good for on the go
  • Chicken nuggets: try Tysons 100% natural 
  • Turkey hotdogs: for picky eaters, try dipped in ketchup or in mac and cheese
  • Chicken: if not, try dipped in bbq sauce
  • Steak: if not, try dipped in A1
  • Pork chops: if not, try dipped in applesauce
  • Sides: mashed potatoes, corn casserole, bread, fruit and veggie individual cups
  • PBJ and Sunchips
  • Ham and cheese: Lunchables or make your own
  • Peanut butter roll ups: add raisins, bananas, jelly, etc to tortillas and eat like a hotdog!
  • Grilled cheese or mac and cheese

Try Pinterest for more creative inspiration!

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