22 Sep Top 6 toddler foods (that are also great for mama)
I get asked all the time what foods we have handy for life with a busy toddler. Mini has so much energy and is always on the go – we both need to be able to replenish with healthy and nutrient dense foods. It’s so easy to get into the trap of buying pre-prepared foods or take away because it’s convenient. I understand how hard it is to cook from scratch all the time, especially when you have a little ‘helper’. So I thought I’d share the staples that you will always find in my pantry (or fridge), and some my fave ways to prepare them.
Here are my top six toddler foods (that are also great for mama), all vegetarian and mostly vegan too.
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These are so easy to eat on the run and chock full of good energy. Bananas are a super nutritious choice and because they are so versatile can be incorporated into loads of different recipes ranging from smoothies and easy 2-ingredient pancakes through to desserts and of course, just by themselves. They’re also really easy to freeze. You can just chop them up and pop them in the freezer if you have a toddler that likes to eat a single bite and then run off.
I love to eat mine on toast with fresh ricotta, drizzle with a little honey and you have something so tasty and so good for you.
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Avocados are amazing. They have so many different vitamins (like C, K, folate, potassium) along with omega-3 and -6 fatty acids. Plus they taste great paired with a huge variety of foods! I’m a huge fan of smashed avo and eggs – it’s my go to breakfast at the moment and mini is catching on quickly to their goodness. We also love to eat these in homemade tacos for lunch or dinner. Little ones have so much fun getting to build their own. It does get a bit messy but worth it knowing he’s getting something good to eat.
I should really have put this at number one, because peanut butter. It’s so great to add into smoothies and shakes for a flavour boost, is full of good fats and goes with sweet and savoury so well.
The one thing I will say is make sure you get one that is either low in or free from added salt and sugar. There are heaps of brands to choose from, so just have a quick look on the back before you grab it to make sure you’re not getting any extras added that you don’t need.
I will often make up a smoothie bowl with peanut butter, it also goes great in bliss balls which are easy to carry and share with mini.
If I’m ever feeling under the weather, honey and lemon tea is my absolute go to. It has soothing properties if you have a cough and helps promote sleep. Of course, I also enjoy eating it on a piece of sourdough and mini loves to eat it straight out of the tube. It’s a pretty incredible food that is antimicrobial and antibacterial – and it never goes off. It has loads of amino acids and enzymes, along with trace minerals. No two honeys are the same, as the properties of the honey are unique to the flowers and bees used to make it.
Hands up who’s given their child a lemon and sat back and watched as they try it for the first time – the reaction is priceless. I use lemons in lots of things (including honey and lemon tea). This ranges from warm water and lemon to kick start my day, through to mixing with balsamic as a salad dressing or using it as a marinade with herbs and olive oil on meats for dinner. Friends of mine also make their own ricotta, which is really easy – you just need milk and lemons! Recipe here if you want to give it a try.
Lemons are naturally high in vitamin C, and here’s a fun fact – they help with collagen production in the body – hello youthful skin.
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There’s a lot of buzz at the moment around gut health, understanding what it is and how to improve it. Filled with amazing good bacteria, yoghurt is one of the best probiotics getting about. It’s super easy to digest, helps balance the bacteria in your gut and tastes awesome. Natural yoghurt is really easy to make too if you feel like having a go at home – recipe here. I often eat natural yoghurt by itself, or on fruit like pears. It makes for a great breakfast with muesli and a handful of berries thrown in too, or a toddler friendly option is to serve it on 2-ingredient banana pancakes drizzled with honey.
I’d love to know what your must have pantry items are – share it in the comments or hit me up on the ‘gram x