Every new parent is aware of the kind of pain it takes to feed toddlers. Not only are they picky eaters but they are gradually learning to say no and start throwing tantrums and can be very moody, especially at meal time.
Toddlers can be very stubborn when it comes to food. They can eat as much as you want them to one day, while the very next day they might flatly refuse to eat any at all. How do you give them their complete nutrition in that case? What should be the ideal meal for a fussy and a choosy toddler? Read on for some healthy lunch ideas.
Healthy Lunch Ideas For Toddlers
Chicken and Vegetable Salad
When your little one refuses to settle down and eat a wholesome meal you have to incorporate different types of food into one meal. A colorful chicken salad would be a great idea for a balanced meal.
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Simply boil the chicken and shred it into bits. Blanche vegetables like carrot, spinach, beet, peas and other vegetables of your choice. To fulfill the required levels of calcium you can add a light yogurt dressing to the salad and season it with some pepper. Since children can be quite enticed by colorful food, they will find this wholesome salad quite inviting and might just give it a try.
Nutritious Mini Pizzas
Pizza is something that most people whether kids or adults simply cannot refuse to eat. If your little one is enticed by pizzas and refuses to eat anything but pizzas then be creative and think of a way by which you can make pizzas nutritious and healthy as well as tasty.
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Instead of one pizza make a few mini pizzas as they can be quite attractive to look at as well. Use a light layer of tomato sauce at the bottom and add chopped vegetables as toppings. Include carrots, beets, bits of broccoli and even scrambled eggs with shredded tuna or chicken. Now simply cover and camouflage the pizza with your kids’ favorite cheese and enjoy as they dig into their mini pizzas.
Mixed Fruit Salad with Fish
Besides vegetables children also require a good amount of fruits in their diet. They might flatly refuse to eat fruits if you simply place it in front of them in a plain bowl. Learn to dress up food.
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Chop apples, bananas, oranges, grapes, and squash into small squares and place them over a lettuce leaf in a bowl. Just mix the fruits and add a drizzle of honey. You can add a few shreds of tuna if you want or even plain boiled chicken will do beautifully as well.
Fruit and Vegetable Smoothies
If none of these ideas work for your little one at mealtime then you are left with one option; make them a fruit smoothie so that they absorb some nutrients. Simply cut up a banana and mix it with some milk in the blender. You can add a dash of vanilla essence to add flavor to it.
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A smoothie is rich and heavy with a good amount of calcium present in it. And you will find it easier to make your child drink a smoothie than eat a wholesome meal. Make your own variations with different fruits and vegetables to fulfill their nutritional requirements.