Super Simple Food Ideas for Your Toddler

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One of the things that I think people get caught up on rather unnecessarily, is at what age children should or should not be eating specific foods.

Its during those early years when you can establish good eating habits in your son or daughter.

Its in those early years where your child had not yet established a pickiness because they’ve not yet been exposed to snacks and junk.

You want to know something weird?

My kid will very happily carry a snack container full of steamed vegetables around the house while shoveling peas or green beans in his mouth.

Odd, right?

Its partially because we expose him to whole, healthy foods on a regular basis.

And because he witnesses us eating those foods.

They’re part of his normal.

Now, if I offered him the choice between peas or fruit snacks, he would never choose the peas.

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Getting your one year old to eat vegetables

So how do you incorporate vegetables into your toddler’s diet on a regular basis? What kind of simple food ideas can we, as parents, come up with for our toddlers that we can feel good about?

Frozen Vegetables

What I’ve found, especially as a working mom strapped for time is buying steam bags of vegetables can be a lifesaver.

I mean, seriously, you should take a look in our freezer. It is jam packed with frozen vegetables.

Anyway, our son is given vegetables for lunch and dinner. And often, if there are leftovers from the previous evening’s dinner, he gets some for breakfast as well.

But the key is to give him veggies he doesn’t dislike. If you don’t know which ones your kiddo has tried and whether or not they seemed to like them, you can grab a free food tracker.

Roasted Vegetables

Another way that our son absolutely loves to eat vegetables is when we roast them. Especially broccoli and asparagus.

Nothing fancy needs to be done here. We just toss the vegetables in olive oil, salt, and pepper and roast them at 375 degrees.

They are flavorful and, depending on how long you cook them, both softens the vegetable and gives them a slight crispiness (which my son loves).

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The nice thing about roasted vegetables is you can cook them in batches and serve them throughout the week.

Its not unusual for us to roast a big batch of vegetables including a mixture of some of the following: carrots, shaved brussel sprouts, asparagus, broccoli, and potatoes. They’re great to have on hand.

Fresh cut vegetables

The biggest thing you need to watch out for when offering your one year old fresh, unsoftened vegetables is if they’re in manageable, bite-sized pieces. Using a vegetable peeler or a mandoline is a great way to get the vegetables nice a thin. In our house we refer to these fresh cuts of vegetables, fruit cut up the same way, and the white, crisp end of piece of romaine lettuce, as “crunchies.”

Fruit Idea for a One Year Old

I don’t know about you, but sugar in any form is a hit with our kid. Getting him to eat fruit is no problem at all, but keeping him from eating too much is another story.

As with all other foods you’re offering to your one year old, no matter how proficient your kid is when it comes to eating you still need to keep the food in bite-sized pieces. For example, grapes should be cut into quarters – a one year old should never be given whole, or even halved, grapes.

Most fruits are soft and easily chopped up in order to be offered to your child, but if you want to offer them a bit of the apple you’re eating, as with the vegetables, shredding it into translucent pieces and cutting it into strips makes it a fun, crisp, healthy snack.

Simple toddler meals

Super Simple Lunch ideas for your toddler:

 Lunch Idea #1

Cubed or shredded chicken

Roasted broccoli

Chopped up strawberries

Lunch Idea #2

Black beans

Steamed corn kernels

Plain Greek yogurt

Tortilla

Lunch Idea #3

Crackers with nut or sunflower butter

Shredded carrots

Blueberries

Lunch Idea #4

Cubed ham

Noodles

Steamed broccoli

Clementine

Lunch #5

Shredded chicken and cheese quesadilla

Roasted asparagus

Watermelon

Lunch #6

Hamburger

Toast

Steamed or roasted carrots

Cantaloupe

Lunch #7

Quinoa

Thinly sliced bell pepper slices

Feta

Lunch #8

Humus

Pita

Shredded Carrots

Steamed green beans

Lunch #9

Greek yogurt

Raspberries

Steamed broccoli

Lunch #10

Shredded or cubed chicken

Roasted bell peppers

Tortilla – plain tortilla or cheese quesadilla

Kiwi

Lunch #12

Toast with nut butter or sunflower butter

Shredded apples

Steamed brussel sprouts

Lunch #13

Tuna

Crackers

Steamed broccoli

Clementine

Lunch #14

Hard boiled egg

Toast

Strawberries

Roasted carrots

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Happy children girl and boy brother and sister eating strawberries with milk

Lunch #15

Hot dog (I prefer the Applegate brand due to their limited ingredients)

Roasted potatoes

Watermelon

Roasted brussel sprouts

Lunch #16

Shredded or cubed chicken

Rice or quinoa

Roasted carrots

Pitted and chopped cherries

Lunch #17

Refined beans on tortilla

Roasted asparagus

Cantaloupe

Lunch #18

Noodles

Chicken sausage

Steamed broccoli

Blueberries

Lunch #19

Fish

Mashed or roasted potatoes

Steamed green beans

Clementine

Lunch #20

Quinoa

Roasted broccoli

Watermelon

Cheese

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