The toddler stage is one of the most crucial stages in the life of a growing human. It is scientifically proven that 90% of brain development is completed in the first 5 years of life. The toddler stage is a phase of rapid growth. The development that occurs in the early years has a significant impact later in the lives of humans. Therefore, it is important to take care of the diet of a toddler.
According to the Australian Guide To Healthy Eating, six nutrients are important and must be included in our diet. These nutrients are carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, vitamins, minerals and water.
Healthy Lunch and Breakfast Ideas for Toddlers
If you want to save your time and money and also want your toddler to eat tasty and healthy food, try some of these recipes. I’m pretty much sure that it’s gonna make it a lot easier.
1. Whole bread with egg and milk
The growing body of toddlers needs a lot of carbohydrates to keep them agile throughout the day. What contains more fibres and nutrients than whole bread? Calcium in milk is necessary for growing bones. You can serve your toddler with whole-grain bread on one side and a boiled egg with milk. It will fulfil the energy requirements of the toddler.
2. Scrambled egg with toast and jam
Children love to eat jam and toast. Serve them toast and jam of their choice. Add scrambled eggs to this lunch to make it healthy as well as tasty.
Pasta is something that is loved by all age groups. It is among the favourites of children as well as adults. Broccoli pasta has a simple 15 minutes recipe. Cook your pasta, add some cheese and then add boiled broccoli. It’s simple and healthy.
Avocados are a great source of potassium, fats and vitamins. They contain even more potassium than bananas. They regulate blood cholesterol. Avocado is a fibrous fruit. Therefore, it will keep your toddlers tummy filled for a longer period. The greatest perk of avocados is that they can be eaten raw or placed in a sandwich. You can even go for an avocado smoothie. Avocados fulfil many nutrient requirements of a growing body.
Dinner ideas for toddlers
Rice contains more fibres than canned, processed food items. They are a good source of energy and Vitamin B which is important for mental health. Vegetable fried rice has an easy recipe. You just need to cook your rice, add salt and pepper and then add fried vegetables to the cooked rice. If you add meat to this recipe, it will cover most of the nutritional requirements of a toddler.
Who doesn’t love spaghetti? Spaghetti is loved by all age groups. Toddlers love to eat spaghetti. There’s no hard and fast rule in making spaghetti. You can add whatever vegetable and meat you prefer and serve to your children. I am sure they would love it too.
Lunch ideas for a picky toddler
For the proper growth of a 1-year-old toddler, the diet must contain all six nutrients. Simple it may seem, it is quite difficult to convince your toddler to eat spinach and broccoli. It is rare to find a toddler who eats whatever is present on his or her plate. Most toddlers are fussy and quite picky about their food. You will be quite surprised to know that only 1 in 5 children eats vegetables daily in the U.K. neophobia which is the fear of food is at its peak at the age between 2 to 6.
But it doesn’t change the fact that a toddler needs to eat vegetables, fruits, bread and drink a lot of water for physical and mental nourishment.
If you are worried about the health of your child, then rest assured because the solution to this problem is simple and easy. You can easily trick your toddler into eating vegetables and other bitter and less tasty but healthy foods by using the following amazing and quick recipes. These lunch recipes will not only make these vegetables much more fun to eat but also make them more nutritious.
Most toddlers hate leafy vegetables but with this amazing recipe, your child will be licking his fingers. The recipe is simple and easy to prepare. Take a small cauliflower. Bake it to crispy perfection. Now coat it with yummy cheese to trick your kids. Wrap it into tortillas. That’s it. You are done with your child’s healthy lunch.
Toddlers have a sweet tooth. They crave sweets and sugary foods but you want to get their vegetables down their throats. No worries because muffins got you covered. Just bake some egg muffins and stuff them with all the vegetables you want. Add some chocolate chips topping to keep yourself clean. Lunch is served!
The best way to make toddlers eat their vegetables is to make them eat without even knowing that. Chicken roll-ups are best suited for this task. Put some chicken on a tortilla. Add spinach, broccoli, carrots or any other vegetable. Add some cheese and roll it up. Your toddlers will surely love these chicken roll-ups as long as you don’t spill the beans.
All toddlers love to eat noodles as much as they love to play with these long noodles. You can add some vegetables to the noodles. It is just a fifteen minutes recipe. Boil some noodles. Now drain and set them aside. Cook some peas, chicken and corn. Now take some cornflour in a cup and add 2 tablespoons of oil. Add all other contents to the cup. You are done with your noodles. You can also add carrots.
To make lemon pepper fish bites. You need a deboned fish. Cut it into small pieces. Prepare a mixture of lemon juice and pepper in a separate bowl. Coat the fish with this mixture and bake it. I am sure that your toddlers will love this recipe.
All of these recipes are easy to make. They will save your time and energy and at the same time relieve you of the stress of your toddler leaving the food on his or her plate. You no longer have to worry about your toddler’s diet. Try these recipes so that toddlers tummy and toddlers mummy both are satisfied.