Tips for toddlers: healthy snacks & meals

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Andrea Updyke

posted in Tips & Tricks

This post is sponsored by Mott’s

I love food. I love trying new flavors and enjoying old favorites. Unfortunately, my kids are not quite there yet. I have one very picky eater and a toddler who is still deciding the direction in which he will go. I hope as they grow they will both see the joy of trying new flavors. But for now I am looking for ways to get them interested in trying new foods.

If that sounds like you, check out some of our tips for encouraging young eaters to try new things.

Strategies for adding new healthy snacks and meals to your toddler’s plate

Dip it – If your child likes condiments, offer dips like hummus, guacamole, ranch dressing, and fruit dip to make trying fruits and veggies more fun! One of our favorite snacks is apple slices dipped in peanut butter with a few chocolate chips sprinkled on!

Mix new flavors with old favorites – When you are introducing a new food, include it with other foods your child is already used to. I’ve found that slapping a completely unfamiliar plate of food in front of my three year old is a sure-fire way to have it ignored.

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Family style – I am not a big fan of wasting food so I tend to portion out my kid’s plates before they ever reach the table. However, sometimes children will be more adventurous if they are allowed to serve themselves. You’ll never know until you try! The next time you sit down for a family meal, set everything out on the table and see what happens.

Drink your vitamins – For kids who need a little (or a lot) of help making healthy choices, I am all about the smoothie. There’s practically no limit to what you can sneak in there! Check out this recipe for a Banana Berry smoothie using Mott’s for Tots. I bet you could even add some spinach in there and no toddler would be the wiser.

For more healthy snack ideas, check out some of our go-to favorites!

At the end of the day, try not to stress about toddler meals. This one is hard for me but so true. At this stage of independence, the important thing is to keep offering healthy options. Once we have done that, the rest will sort itself out.

What are some of your favorite ways to get your toddler to try new foods?

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