Toddler meals, what are some good recipes?

(April 21, 2010)

Feeding a toddler is one of the most challenging aspects of parenthood. This is because more often than not the baby will simply refuse to eat or will be too fussy about his choice of food. Toddlers do not like experimenting with food too much and it often depends on how yummy the food looks that they will eat it or leave it. A toddler does not grow as fast as he did when he turned one, so a parent need not worry if he has a small appetite. As long as the baby is growing normally according to the height and weight range, he is getting adequate nutrition. To make feeding the toddler a happy experience for the baby and an easy one for yourself and to know some nutritious foods for the baby, you can follow the 'rainbow' method. This basically includes violet (or purple) – eggplant and grapes, blue – blueberries, green – avocado, zucchini, papaya, yellow – pears and bananas, orange – oranges, carrots, peaches and sweet potato, and red – apples, watermelon, cherry, and strawberries. Since these foods look so attractive and are tasty, the toddler will not make such a fuss while eating them. You can make colorful fruit salads with all these fruits and serve it to your toddler.

You can also make a yummy apple pie that will have the nutrients and will not contain empty calories that the pies in shops and bakeries have. To make the pie, peel three cooking apples and chop them into small pieces. Pour ½ teaspoon lemon juice and one teaspoon apple juice or water in a saucepan and add the apple pieces. Heat the ingredients for about 20 minutes over a medium flame and let them turn soft. Puree the mixture and add one egg yolk or cereal and one teaspoon brown sugar to it. Beat the mixture into a smooth pulp and bake it for about 15 minutes on 350 degrees. Another recipe you can whip up is taking a can of tuna in a bowl, add one tablespoon mayonnaise, ½ cup warm water and 1 teaspoon sugar and mix it to form a creamy paste. Then, add breadcrumbs to make the paste thick. Serve it to your toddler. A mix of ½ over ripe avocado and banana each and ¼ cup yogurt or cottage cheese is also a delicious recipe. All these recipes have the nutrition quotient and are relished by toddlers.

Submitted by P T on April 21, 2010 at 01:31

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