Any parent who has a toddler knows how picky they can be when it comes to food. Most parents strive to feed their children a balanced, nutritious diet, but even the best plans can fall by the wayside when a child will not eat certain food items. Luckily, there are a number of ways you can make over your toddler's favorite foods to give them a healthy twist. Use the following ideas for food that you will be happy serving, and your toddler will be happy eating.
One of the best ways to make chicken nuggets healthier is by baking them instead of frying them. If you use a panko bread crumb coating, the nuggets crisp up nicely in the oven. Choose your child's favorite low-fat dipping sauce or low-sugar ketchup for a yummy lunch.
It is no wonder that kids love pizza—it has everything from bread and cheese to veggies and meat. Pizza can be a great meal, because a lot of very nutritious foods can be hidden in a slice. For example, it is easy to puree a variety of vegetables and then add the puree to the pizza sauce without your child noticing a difference in the taste. Another way to boost the nutrition in a piece of pizza is to select a whole grain crust. If you're wiped out from a long day and don't feel like cooking, many pizzerias offer whole grain and gluten-free crusts, which are great for kids. Check out places like Ocean Park Pizza for more options.
Burgers and Fries
Most young children love burgers and fries, but they can be quite high in fat. Change up your toddler's meal by offering a turkey burger with a slice of low-fat cheese melted on top. When seasoned well, a turkey burger can be just as delicious as a beef burger! You can also try offering baked sweet potato fries instead of traditional fries cooked in oil. They taste just as good, and sweet potatoes are full of nutrients.
Vegetables are so nutritious, but most toddlers will turn up their noses when a plate of fresh or steamed veggies is put in front of them. In these cases, a parent has to be a little sneaky to make sure that their little one gets enough veggies each day. One of the easiest things to do is to hide veggies in a fruit smoothie. Spinach and kale blend well with sweet fruits like strawberries, bananas, and blueberries without changing the taste, so your child will get all of the veggie nutrients without even realizing what he or she is eating.
Before marrying my amazing husband nine years ago, I had never baked a cake in my life. At our wedding shower, one of my beloved aunts gifted me with several types of cake pans including three single layer ones. Never one to waste a gadget, I anxiously stirred up my first desert, a towering rich red velvet cake, with my new cake pans. Since baking this first cake, I’ve become known around my community as an expert red velvet cake baker. Around Christmas time, I always get requests to make this tantalizingly delicious dessert. One of the secrets to my success is adding an abundant amount of liquid to my batter in the form of oil and buttermilk. On this blog, you will discover the other ingredients needed to have your own red velvet Christmas this year.