Back away from the goldfish crackers mama…put them down slowly and no one gets hurt!!
There are better options…but what they heck are they? Check out some Toddler Tips for Clean Eating. We’re not looking for perfection, but improvement. Plus, when you eat all the leftovers or extras thrown at you- you’ll be eating clean too 😉
Toddler Clean Eats Cheat Sheet
Black beans (any type of beans!) – rinsed and ready to rock. Organic canned is easiest – but you can also cook a pound of dry beans in the crockpot pretty easy! I think Cooper is built on beans.
Baked organic chicken – cut into chunks/shredded. Make ahead and store. Good for you, good for baby!
Ground organic turkey/beef/chicken – easy to make a pound of it and use as needed.
Hard boiled eggs – great make ahead item for the week. Bake a dozen or two for you and your kids in the oven on 325 for 22-30 minutes. No boiling required. See how here.
Wild-caught sardines – seriously. Super easy, kinda stinky – but amazing omega-s and calcium for toddlers. Also, very inexpensive.
Lightly steamed carrots – a favorite in our home.
Lightly steamed sweet potatoes or regular potatoes even.
Any Steamed Veggies – we find brussel sprouts and cauliflower go over VERY well!
Popcorn – air pop your own, or sometimes we get the Skinny Pop (non-GMO corn, oil, and a little salt) for on-the-go. Very easy for when we are out.
Whole wheat penne pasta – cooked and ready to go. We get the organic kind, because its like 10 cents more, not making a huge dent in our budget 🙂 If you prefer, do the quinoa or black bean pasta – YUM.
Cut up red bell peppers – crunchy and sweet.
Olives – if your kid will eat them! Good fats for baby brain!
Avocados – cut into chunks. Check out my sexy avocado stash ladies:
Apples – easy, portable, sweet, crunchy. Buy organic apples – they are always available and the same price!
Raisins – sweet treats, but lots of sugar so watch portions. These are SO convenient to throw a box in your bag ready for that cranky toddler while you finish trying clothes on at Target.
Summer Sweet Corn – what kid with chompers doesn’t love crunching into corn on the cob? Cheap, easy, fun. Try roasting corn in the oven – this is my favorite way of doing it!
Oatmeal – PLAIN please, pretty please. They DO NOT need brown sugar or maple syrup added. Seriously, mama…don’t set them up for failure with the whole added sugar thing already.
Hearty, Organic Whole Seed Bread – When doing the bread thing, go for organic and go for something hearty with lots of seeds and nuts to slow digestion. We don’t do it a lot, but when it’s on sale – we buy this (and P.S. – found it at Kroger.)
Spinach – ok, so not too many toddlers I know will eat a spinach salad. SO, what’s a green mama to do?? BLEND IT! I modify my own green smoothie recipe to be a little easier on baby. I decrease or omit the pineapple (too much acid for little tummies) and up the fat content for happy baby brain and hormone development. Make several smoothie packs to freeze. That way, you can pop one out of the freezer, add water and blend. Like this:
Toddler Green Smoothie:
- 1 handful spinach
- 1 handful kale
- 1/3-1/2 green apple – with skin (keep the nutrients!)
- 1/4 cup + coconut milk (the thick canned kind, not the thinned out drinking kind) OR 1/4 avocado. Sometimes both!
- 1 tsp chia seeds, 1 splash or squeeze of lemon juice
- Sometimes if I have leftover banana- throw that in, just don’t overdo it.
- 8-12 oz water, depending on how thick you prefer.
Blend in high-speed blender until very smooth!
He thinks he is a hot shot sipping his green smoothie like mama bear. Rock on with your bad self little dude! Rock on!
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