If you know me in real life, you are well aware that the past few months of my life have been busy with selling a house and house hunting. If you don’t know me and you are reading this, thanks and I think you are awesome! Either way, you may have noticed I’ve been MIA. In order to make up for my lack of performance, I went ahead and hunted down someone I am a big fan of to do a guest post.
Meet Marta. She is lovely and has this amazing Instagram account @organicfoodforkids where she posts beautiful pictures of truly healthy meals just for your toddler. But, let’s be real, if you check it out you will end up eating this stuff for yourself too! I might have become a little obsessed with her, but who wouldn’t be with these amazing meals! I have made many of her recipes and she gave me some great tips for my daughters egg allergy.
So, if you haven’t already, go follow her on instagram —> @organicfoodforkids , then check out the following post for 3 different healthy organic meals from Marta!
I was asked to share some of my favorite meals for a toddler so I thought I would go through a regular day of eating from breakfast to dinner. I’ll share with you how we do things on a regular basis to stay healthy, get our nutrients and have fun at the same time.
Often times children are eating cereal first thing in the morning; which is full of refined sugars and poor ingredients, not the best ingredients for those little teeth. Why not swap your cereal for a healthier option like oatmeal? Oats provide Magnesium, Fiber, Protein, and Potassium. They boost your energy, fill your tummy and are delicious. Oats also come in gluten free options for those with gluten sensitivities, great little bonus! One of my favorite ways to make oatmeal for my toddler is my Carrot Cake Oatmeal.
- ½ cup gluten free oats
- mashed banana
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 grated carrot
- dash Himalayan salt
- cinnamon (as much or as little you want)
- Combine ingredients in a pot and cook for 10-15 minutes
- Serve with fresh fruit and sprinkle with ground flax seeds
Now, if you don’t have time in the morning to cook oatmeal why not make overnight oats? You prep everything the night before by combining all ingredients in a mason jar and putting your jar of oats in the fridge. In the morning you will have a cold tasty treat ready for your toddler.
I always like to take this opportunity to serve fresh veggies or a green smoothie for lunch. Smoothies are perfect for hiding greens that refuse to be eaten by those little food critics. Why not make a tasty smoothie and disguise it with sweet delicious fruit? One of my go to smoothies is frozen banana, mango, spinach, hemp hearts, chia seeds and coconut water. It’s delicious and super nutritious!
Another go to lunch is fresh veggies with a dip. I cut up cucumbers, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, peppers, broccoli and served with a tasty dip like fresh guacamole, hummus or plain yogurt. Best way to eat a veggie lunch is on the floor, I like to join my toddler and have a picnic with her, this way she is more willing to eat the veggies! Be a good role model and show your kids that you eat delicious veggies too. Kids love to copy what their parents do, so get on that floor and have a picnic. If your kiddo can’t crunch through hard veggies why not steam them for a few minutes just to soften everything up.
My favorite dinner meals have to be stews, pastas and soups. I am a mama that loves to hide nutritious veggies in everything! I am grating carrots into spaghetti sauces and oatmeal. Chopping broccoli into scrambled eggs and soups. Whatever veggie I have on hand you better believe it is making its way into some sort of dinner stew concoction. I find that if a veggie is chopped up small it will be eaten by your kiddo with no questions asked.
My go to dinner at the moment is a delicious Red Lentil Stew. If you haven’t cooked with lentils before you have got to give it a try, they are a powerhouse! Full of iron, protein and enzymes, they boost energy, lower the risk of obesity and stimulate the immune system.
- 1 teaspoons of coconut oil
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoons of sweet curry powder
- 1 teaspoon of ground cumin
- 1 sweet potato peeled and cut into a small dice
- 2 potatoes peeled and cut into a small dice
- 2 celery stalks chopped
- 2 medium carrots
- 1 cup chopped tomatoes
- 1 cup of red lentils
- 5 cups of vegetable broth
- 1 can of coconut cream
- Heat oil in a saucepan, add onions and cook until they soften.
- Then add in lentils, veggies, broth and cover until they boil.
- Reduce the heat and then simmer until the lentils are tender.
Those are all of my favorite meals at the moment, they are made from simple ingredients and packed full of nutritious veggies. Eating fresh home cooked meals is the best thing you can do for a growing kiddo so get in that kitchen and make something delicious!