Young children need to eat healthy snacks between meals to keep their bodies nourished. If toddlers are fussy eaters, this can prove challenging.
Three sweet takes on vegetables
You should always have fresh fruit, raw vegetables and other nutritious snacks on hand for toddlers between meals. These healthy snacks will help satisfy their hunger while supplying the vitamins and other nutrients they need.
Many toddlers are fussy eaters and refuse to eat some nutritious foods. For these children, it's often beneficial to "hide" vegetables inside delicious muffins, cookies, breads, meats and sauces. Eventually your child will start acquiring a taste for these healthy foods and you can begin re-introducing them in their raw forms.
Here are a few healthy recipes for kids that will satisfy even the most picky eater in your family.
Oatmeal carrot muffins
Makes 12 muffins
Tip: Allow toddlers to "frost" muffins with fat-free cream cheese, if desired.
Zucchini and carrot cookies
Makes about 20 cookies
Sweet potato brownies
More vegetables in disguise
If your child is extremely fussy about eating vegetables and other nutritious foods, you can find plenty of ways to disguise them in everyday meals.
You can puree broccoli, cauliflower and carrots and add the mixture to spaghetti sauce. You can also add canned pumpkin or shredded carrot to brownie mix, or grate vegetables and include them in meatloaf.
With a little creativity and patience, you can have your toddler eating his veggies in no time, even if the vegetables are in disguise.
Have you tried sneaking veggies into your kids' meals? Tell us how in the comments below!
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