It’s not easy to feed a toddler. One day, they love bananas. The next day, they refuse to come within 10 feet of one. Plus, they have more demands than the biggest divas in show business. And of course, those demands will often include chips, candy, and other unhealthy items. So how can you get your picky eater to eat right without a fuss? Here are some ideas to get them noshing gleefully on good-for-you foods.
Just call it a milkshake and your child will happily slurp it up. They don’t need to know you made it with milk or Greek yogurt and fresh fruits. Seal the deal by topping it with sprinkles and adding a silly straw.
- Mini foods
Bite-sized foods are always attractive to children. Think mini muffins, mini sandwiches, mini burgers, and so on. Be creative. There are so many things you can miniaturize!
- Sneaky veggies
Kids will never turn up their nose at pizza or spaghetti with tomato sauce. So steam some fresh vegetables like spinach, kale, carrots, or whatever you’ve got and blend them into your tomato sauce. Then, use the sauce to top homemade pizza or spaghetti. Add cheese and your child will never be the wiser.
- Dunkable foods
Foods that can be dunked in dips and sauces will be better received by toddlers than other foods. Try healthy French toast sticks made from wheat toast with a side of pure maple syrup. Or pretzel sticks with hummus. Or even fruit and yogurt. There are many possibilities for dunking fun, plus it gives kids a chance to play with their food!
- Food art
Sometimes, all it takes to get your child to eat healthy foods is to creatively arrange it on their plate. Instead of just tossing a bunch of fruits or vegetables onto a plate, try making a face out of it. There are Pinterest boards devoted to this kind of stuff. You’ll be amazed and what you can get your kid to eat when it looks like his favorite cartoon character.
Part of toddler pickiness is a phase and it’s up to us as parents to handle it well. Don’t pander to every food demand your child makes either, or make separate meals for your child when they don’t like what you serve. It only teaches them to be pickier. Children eat when they’re hungry so be open, be patient and be creative and you’ll soon see your child coming to the table for those healthy eats.