Young children have to be introduced to a wide variety of foods – whole grain pastas and noodles are a good option. These foods have complex carbohydrates which help to provide energy for a long time. Fiber present in the food will help to keep them full and aid with digestion as well. Here are a few ideas to tempt your toddler into trying new and healthy dishes.
This dish can be given a new twist by adding turkey or low fat ground meat. A vegetarian option could be had with a vegetarian version of meatballs and veggies like bell peppers or squash.
This dish has wonderful flavors and many different ingredients can be added to make it healthier. Chicken and shrimp are great sources of protein for meat eaters; tofu can be added for vegetarians along with carrots, broccoli and bell peppers for fiber and vitamins. Make sure that the sauce isn’t too spicy for your youngster.
Pasta and fruit may seem like an unusual combination – they do for a winning combination. Try using rotini or farfalle pasta with a light Italian dressing. For protein, try different cheeses to see which would work with the fruits – blueberries, strawberries, mandarin oranges and kiwi fruit are great for bringing freshness. Make sure the pasta is cooled before adding the fruit.
This is a great option as the fillings can be customized for vegetarians or meat eaters. Spinach and cheese, shredded chicken and vegetables are some options to consider. It can be served with tomato sauce for a good dose of vitamin C. Another idea to consider – lightly coat with egg whites, a light dusting of bread crumbs and 10 minutes in the oven, turns it into a crunchy treat and finger food for your little one.
Lasagna strips can be used to make a fun dish for a young child. Make the filling in advance – be it cheese and meat or cheese and vegetables – Spread it in a thin layer on a cooked strip and put them into the oven for a few minutes. Serve them when they have cooled, so that your toddler can use his hands to eat the rolls.