Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Over 15 healthy toddler meal ideas

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Another month has flown by and it's already time for the Munchkin Meals linkup party that Brittany at A Healthy Slice of Life hosts! I always love seeing what other parents are feeding their kiddos. 

Today, in that spirit, I am giving you guys a close look at the types of meals my son gets to eat. A lot (but not all) are paleo.  I try to keep my son's meals simple, but healthy. His meals do not differ greatly from mine or my husband's. 

The most significant difference you may notice is that I follow a fairly 'strict' paleo lifestyle, whereas my son does get non-paleo compliant foods although not with every meal.  

One of the most important aspects of meal time for us is not to push Mr. Toddler. He is encouraged to try the different foods on his plate, but he is not obligated to finish his plate. So far, this 'no pressure' approach has been working pretty well and Mr. Toddler certainly does love his veggies! 

Here's a look at the types of meals he's been enjoying lately! 

Breakfast


I usually go for no fuss breakfasts. I want something healthy that doesn't take much time. Usually it's eggs. Our eggs come from chickens in the backyard which makes them ridiculously fresh, but what makes them even more amazing is that we know exactly how those chickens are treated. Free range, custom built chicken coop, and assorted veg to eat - I have never seen such yellow yolks in eggs before.  

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Scrambled eggs with assorted veg, avocado slices (absolutely a favourite at the moment), and blueberries. 

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Leftover stewed meat with sweet potato noodles and an egg. 

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Here's what the grown up version looks like: 

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Yogurt with blueberries, half a banana, and chia seeds alongside a piece of toast topped with avocado slices and a hard-boiled egg. He is always starving at breakfast. 

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It's hard to see in this one, but there is smoked salmon, scrambled eggs, and sweet potato and carrot hash. 

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Avocado slices with leftover sausage, sugar snap peas, and strawberries. I knew the raw sugar snap peas were pushing it for breakfast. Mr. Toddler took a few bites, but left the majority of the peas on his plate. Everything else was gone. 

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Eggs. Nothing exciting here. I pan fried them with some onion, bacon, and chives. 

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A hard boiled egg with a banana, whole wheat toast with almond butter. 

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A green smoothie (kale, kiwis, bananas, and ice) with avocado slices, strawberries, and avocados. 

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After a recent trip to the market, Mr. Toddler has consistently been requesting the same exact thing all. the. time. As you can tell, he's been loving avocados, eggs, and strawberries.

Lunch and dinner


Lunches and dinners have much more variety! 

Pan fried butternut squash has been an absolute hit! I pan fry it in coconut oil and only add a tiny bit of salt and pepper. He loves it! He also had some salami with spinach and arugula inside. He wasn't completely fond of the greens, but ate the rolls anyway. The salami hides the flavour a bit I guess. 

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Raw cauliflower, cucumber slices and some non-paleo chili that I had prepared for the family. The kiddo adores corn so I always make sure to add it to his chili!

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I tried roasting parsnips for the first time and Mr. Toddler helped. He also ran away with the parsnips and carrots. And took bites out of each veg. He sure loves his veggies! He also approved of the cooked version! 

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Tuna salad, cucumber slices, cashew, and a few crackers. He doesn't love tuna as much as he adores smoked salmon, but with avocado and cucumber in the salad, he definitely didn't say no it in salad form! 

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The adult version: 

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He's also been loving ham! 

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Served alongside assorted (steamed) veggies: 

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Snacks


Snacks around here are pretty simple. Mostly Mr. Toddler loves munching on fruit! 

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Other times, he gets a bowl of nuts for himself. I buy unsalted cashews, unsalted pistachios, etc. 

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On a rare occasion, Mr. Toddler asks for yogurt. It looks like some combination of the above: full fat, greek yogurt with chia seeds, and fruit. This time, I added half of a banana and cacao nibs. 

Want more? 


Tips for getting kids to LOVE their veggies


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November Munchkin Meals

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My toddler recipe page

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