Toddler Meal Ideas with Boon

April 22, 2016

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Many moms of toddlers that I know, have some struggles with food ideas and experimenting with what their child will actually eat. I introduce a few new foods often and brace myself… will he like it? Is he going to be living on chicken nuggets until he’s 20? Did he realize those were beets in that applesauce? I’ve definitely gotten sneaky and creative in my ideas just to get my child to have a healthy balanced diet. And don’t get me wrong, I want him to have enjoyable meals but starting out on the healthiest is important to me. It will set him up for life. I know this because my mother raised us on Kashi and Wasa crackers before it was ‘cool’ and for the most part, I love healthy food. So when feeding Jackson, it’s important to me for him to eat clean and not have excessive sugar or junk… as much as I can for a toddler. I do sprinkle in some semi-ok things like a fun cereal (Kix) and Gerber biscuits/homemade cookies… and there are some days that all hell breaks loose and we are living on squeeze packs.

I teamed up with Boon baby products and their toddler dishware to give you a day’s run down of my favorite meals for Jackson. I am obsessed with the plates because of the layer of rubber on the bottom, which means less dropping. Boon definitely knows what they are doing when tailoring to a toddler. Their sippy cups are heavy duty, and the tops will fit over any cup! Think restaurant safe! Jackson will absolutely spill a cup of water with a straw so we need any kind of kid proof tupperware!

Breakfast:

A bowl of Kix while I’m in the kitchen (probably more to occupy and hold the screams)

Fruit: these days Jackson is loving strawberries and always blueberries (good choices, I’ll take it)

Dutch baby: this is one of my favorites from when I was little. It’s only 5 ingredients total, and I like to think if all else fails, at least Jackson is getting his eggs

6 eggs, 1 cup flour, 1 cup milk

blend in blender until airy

pour into glass casserole dish and 4tbsp of melted non-salted butter

bake at 350 until it rises

top with powdered sugar and lemon

Lunch:

Avocado Toast: I hide a layer of hummus on the bottom and he loves it

Colby Jack Cheese

Grapes

{So my mom always went by the rule to try and always have every color of food and especially always something green for every meal. Since we are two, I apply that rule to the whole day… I try really hard to be creative with this. Can you tell my life is excitingly around my child’s eating habits?}

Afternoon Snack:

Pears, pretzels, yogurt raisins, sometimes a cookie… or five if we are out in public and I need to control the tantrums

Dinner:

My go-to’s right now are alternated to try and get some protein/meat in there somewhere. They are fish sticks, chicken nuggets, turkey sausage, and black beans. I get the Applegate Farms brand. I figure if we are eating this a lot, I at least want it to be free of antibiotics, gluten, casein and taste enhancers. Jackson does like McDonald’s chicken nuggets the best… (never fails… so I save for road trips).

Side of couscous with tiny slivers of cucumber hidden inside.

Lately I have found he wants his heavier meals earlier in the day and dinner he wants to eat light, so I try to feel out what he will eat.

Banana or chocolate muffin for dessert

1 (15 oz.) can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained, rinsed
3 large eggs
½ cup pure maple syrup
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp. baking soda
3 Tbsp. coconut oil, melted
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1/3 cup dark chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
2. Prepare 12 muffin cups by lining with muffin papers or coating with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.
3. Place chickpeas, eggs, maple syrup, cocoa powder, baking soda, coconut oil, and extract in blender or food processor; cover. Blend until smooth.
4. Divide batter among 12 prepared muffin cups.
5. Top each muffin with about four chocolate chips; push into batter.
6. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

I would LOVE for you to leave me any recipes you use for your kids and hear about any success stories for feeding a toddler!

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