Ultimate Toddler Food: a reference


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The ULTIMATE List of Meal Ideas for Toddlers

Transitioning from formula and beginning solids is always a bit troublesome  because you aren’t too sure of what to feed your toddler. You want it to be healthy, but you also don’t have all the time in the world to be making the most amazing  meals for your child.
At times you find yourself on the run and you have to stop at a drive-thru, dreaded, I know. Anyhow, I’ve decided to put together a list of ideas for meals, snacks and just because foods for your little one.
*Please NOTE – You know your child best as far as what they can chew/swallow without choking, so please adhere to cutting/chopping your toddlers food accordingly. Also, please be aware of your child’s food allergies.
  1. Seedless grapes (cut in quarters)
  2. Whole Grain Goldfish
  3. Cheerios and a side of yogurt
  4. Cheez-its
  5. String Cheese
  6. Shredded Cheese with a slice of lunch meat torn up
  7. Yogurt mixed with sliced berries
  8. Celery sticks with ranch dressing
  9. Banana Slices with peanut butter on top
  10. Apple Slices with caramel dip
  11. Pita bread triangles and spinach artichoke dip
  12. Ants on a log (raisins, celery and peanut butter)
  13. Fig Newtons
  14. Fruit mix (watermelon, pineapple, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries)
  15. Fruit / Yogurt Smoothie
  16. Toast with jelly or jam (strawberry, grape, apple – low sugar or sugar free)
  17. Frozen Grapes
  18. Yogurt Popsicles (freeze a cup of yogurt with a Popsicle stick inserted into the package)
  19. Crunchy Tofu Bites (crunch cheerios in a Ziploc bag, a touch of Cinnamon, and toss in pieces of tofu, shake, wha-lah)
  20. Apple slices dipped in Vanilla Yogurt
  21. Baked Sweet Potato Chips
  22. Kiwi Slices and Yogurt
  23. Hard boiled egg, hand full of grapes
  24. Ritz crackers and cheddar cheese slices
Breakfast Meals
  1. Scrambled egg whites with cheddar cheese, hand full of cheerios, sliced strawberries
  2. Organic vanilla yogurt, sliced raspberries and blueberries for mixing, 1/2 cup of cheerios
  3. 1 Banana sliced, peanut butter on the slices, 8oz of Whole Milk
  4. 3 Eggo Blueberry pancakes, slice of ham
  5. Rice cereal fruit milkshake (whole milk, rice cereal, fruit of choice: blueberries, strawberries, mango, pineapple, raspberries, etc.)
  6. Tangerine slices, side of raisins, handful of Kix cereal
  7. Whole grain blueberry or cranberry muffin, 8oz of Whole Milk
  8. French toast, side of mixed fruit
  9. Peanut butter and jelly sandwich, 6 oz of Whole Milk
  10. Baked Oatmeal, side of raisins (3 cups oats, 1 cup milk, 1/2 cup olive oil, 1/2 cup stevia, 1 tsp vanilla, 1 tsp baking powder, 2 eggs, 1 tsp sea salt – mix – bake for 20 minutes until top is spongy on 350)
  11. Buckwheat Pancakes, sliced banana
  12. Whole grain toast with peanut butter, applesauce with mixed in Oatmeal
  13. Veggie and cheese omelet (try bell peppers, broccoli, mushrooms, etc.), fruit cup
  14. Fruit smoothie (berries, whole milk or yogurt), cheerios or kix cereal
  15. Whole wheat toast, light cream cheese, turkey sausage
  16. Sweet potato pancakes (2 or 3), 6oz of milk
  17. Sliced peaches, cottage cheese
  18. Sliced pineapple, whole wheat toast with strawberry cream cheese
  19. French toast (whole grain bread (no added sugar), eggs, cinnamon, vanilla and milk) top with frozen berries and low-sugar maple syrup
  20. Cantaloupe, Banana, yogurt, orange juice, honey and vanilla extract smoothie
  21. Whole wheat toast with sugar free natural jam, nectarines
Lunch Meals
    1. Turkey and cheddar cheese sandwich on whole wheat, handful of goldfish
    2. Grilled American cheese sandwich on whole wheat, Dole mixed 100% fruit juice cup
    3. Grilled chicken patty seasoned with parsley and LIGHT pepper, baked sweet potato fries
    4. Crinkle carrots, sliced cucumbers (peeled), spinach and artichoke dip, whole wheat pita bread triangles
    5. Chopped cooked broccoli with cheddar cheese melted on top, warm whole grain pita
    6. Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwich, steamed carrot sticks sliced/chopped
    7. Tomato, cucumber and onion salad – chop/slice veggies – mix with light Italian dressing or red wine vinegar and olive oil, kids chicken nuggets
    8. Turkey burger patty (no bun) sliced, baked sweet potato fries
    9. Whole wheat or grain toast, avocado and cream cheese smeared on toast, steamed carrot sticks and dipping sauce
    10. Grilled peanut butter and banana sandwich
    11. Cheesy Broccoli-Potato Mash (1lb yukon Gold potatoes cut into wedges, 3/4 pound broccoli crowns chopped, 3/4 cup shredded fontina cheese, nonfat milk, teaspoon of sea salt, fresh ground pepper – place 1 in of water to boil in large pot, place potatoes in a  steamer basket and steam for 10 minutes. Place broccoli on top, cover and steam until the potatoes and broccoli are tender, 6 to 8 minutes more. Transfer the broccoli to a large bowl and coarsely mash with a potato masher. Add the potatoes, cheese, milk, salt and pepper and continue mashing to desired consistency. Serve immediately.)
    12. Tuna Salad Pita (light mayo, tuna, baby spinach leaves chopped)
    13. Lunch meat slices, cheese slices, whole wheat wrap rolled or torn, veggie medley
    14. Pea salad ( 1 bag of frozen peas, 1 cup chopped potato, 1 cup onion, 1 cup celery, 1 cup chopped tomato, 1 cup cheddar cheese, 1/4 cup light mayo. 1/4 cup plain yogurt, 1 tbl spoon apple cider vinegar, 1 tsp. dried mustard – mix everything and cool)
    15. Spinach Ravioli with Parmesan cheese sprinkled on top, side of sliced strawberries
    16. Whole wheat triscuits, american cheese slices, ham and/or roast beef slices, sliced cantaloupe
    17. Sliced pickles, green olives, black olives, cheese cubes, whole wheat pita
Dinner Meals
  1. 1 Grilled chicken tender, quinoa, 2 asparagus spears seasoned with lime juice and garlic
  2. Whole wheat grilled cheese sandwich, side of tomato soup for dipping or spoon feeding
  3. Spinach Lasagna
  4. Almond crusted Chicken Fingers, mixed veggies (squash, zucchini, carrots) steamed
  5. Lime Chicken Fajitas – chicken sauteed in lime juice, chopped, tortilla torn, shredded Mexican cheese
  6. Cheddar Cheese Quesadilla – 1 whole wheat tortilla folded in half, stuffed with cheddar cheese (add veggies for extra fillings)
  7. Mini meatballs made from ground turkey with tomato sauce, cup of steamed broccoli
  8. Shredded pork lightly seasoned, steamed chopped carrots with cinnamon and unsalted butter mixed in
  9. Vegetable Soup – low sodium beef broth, lean beef or turkey, potatoes, stewed tomatoes, corn, carrots, peas, green beans), sweet potato biscuit
  10. Lean ground beef or turkey browned and seasoned lightly, black beans, lettuce shreds, shredded Mexican cheese
  11. Fish sticks, cauliflower steamed and dressed with melted cheddar cheese
  12. Broccoli and Cheese Casserole
  13. Sizzling Stir-Fry (chicken, broccoli, baby carrots, water chestnuts, yellow bell pepper, low sodium soy sauce, garlic powder, water) with brown rice
  14. Turkey burger, whole wheat bun, sliced strawberries, steamed zucchini
  15. Rotisserie chicken slices, steamed cabbage slices, whole wheat pita bread
  16. Whole wheat noodles in unsalted butter, Parmesan cheese and a side of veggies with tomato sauce
  17. Turkey meatloaf, side of corn, brown rice, cinnamon apple slices
  18. BBQ Chicken tender, side of peas, sweet potato crescent roll, hand full of grapes
  19. Turkey, sweet mashed potatoes, roasted broccoli with feta cheese on top
  20. Steamed broccoli and asparagus with zesty cheese sauce for dipping and a whole wheat bread option
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Ellen and Rachel are two old friends and “expert” mamas—one a pediatrician and one a family therapist—with fifty years of parenting experience between them.

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