Wednesday, November 08, 2006
WFMW (Quick & Healthy toddler food)
It's time to post another WFMW tip.

One of the many parenting websites that I peruse clued me in on this information.

How many of you have toddlers? How many of you with toddlers have troubles enticing them to eat healthy meals and snacks? How many of you with toddlers feel at a loss as to what to serve your toddler to ensure that they're getting the nutrients that they need?

I'm one of those mothers that struggles daily to get my 22 month old son to eat well balanced, nutritional meals. If it were up to Snuggle Bug, he'd eat meat, meat, and more meat. Okay, I guess he'd also eat apples, bagels, grapes, pudding, and yogurt from time to time as well, but meat is his favorite thing to eat. Believe me, I know that too much meat is not good for him. And can I just say that getting him to eat veggies is nearly impossible?!

So, I'm sorry, I don't remember exactly what website I got this information from or I'd just give you the link, but not long ago I gathered information that gave me ideas on what to serve my son for meals and snacks.

Since I can't attach my Word document to this post, I'd be happy to email you a copy of this 2 page list of "Quick & Healthy breakfast, lunch, and snack food to serve your toddler/kids." If you'd like a copy, just leave your email in my comments and I'll get it sent to you. I promise I won't use your email for spam purposes.

This list works as a great reminder for me, perhaps it will work for you.

Do me a favor will you? Please leave me some suggestions on healthy foods that you serve your toddler/kids! I'm always looking for new ideas. Thanks!

If you'd like to share something that works for you, please leave me a comment. And be sure to link yourself over at Shannon's, the creator of Works-For-Me Wednesday.

My past WFMW entries:

Grocery Game website
No Fear Shakespeare
list of age appropriate children's chores
linking within comments
baptism gift
creating blogger categories
alternate use for pot rack
cake decorating tips
unique way to stay connected
cake baking tip
comforts of home while traveling
quenching the thirst of your little one
pie crust made in bulk
hot chocolate kicked up a notch


5:30 AM

At 10:38 PM, Blogger BlondeBrony said...

Food should be healthy? LOL!!!

It's been so long since I've fed toddlers. I used to put sliced apple in my pasta salad, well I still do, both my boys loved it.

Hum, what else? rolled sandwiches, bananas and yoguart

Sorry out of ideas.

At 10:50 PM, Blogger Laura said...

Oh I'd love it. I have a one year and am constantly trying to figure out what to give him next. He too loves his meat. My email is Thanks!

At 11:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please send me the list as well. i think you already have my e-mail, but if you don't just let me know. As far as Bailey goes, he is a pretty well-balanced eater. Some tricks I have used are dips for veggies (cheese, ranch, salad dressing, etc) letting him eat with chopsticks or serving things like cherry tomatoes on toothpicks. I also sneak fruits and the occasional veggie into his pancakes. (think bananas, peaches, strawberries, carrots or even pumpkin- I have been known to use baby food). Hope some of this helps!

At 12:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd like a copy. Our fav quick snack that's health is avacodo or tofu cubed. my email is robyn at

At 12:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That list would be great. I am having the hardest time trying to get the Munchkin to eat something new. She loves her fruit, and her yoghurts, we are very lucky that way, but would like to expand her menu a bit!

At 1:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would love to get that list. It seems as though sometimes all Logan is eating is chicken nuggets, hot dogs, corn, and bananas.

He does love rice though. When I make it I'll put a little cheese in it to give it some extra flavor and then sneak in tiny, tiny pieces of corn, peas, carrots, or broccoli.

My email is

At 4:49 AM, Blogger Jennifer said...

My email is I'd love the list! I haven't figured out how to trick my toddler into eating veggies...she'll pull even a tiny broccoli floret out if she sees it!

At 5:07 AM, Blogger Jennifer said...

Is there anyway you could send me last week's "chore chart" too? I could really use it. Thanks for the ideas!!! :)

At 5:33 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

I always have a hard time with Lunches, i have no idea what to give her and most of the time she dosn't eat much, so I've been giving her a bananna, and a peice of cinnamon sugar toast. Dannon makes a yogurt for kids that has less sugar than regular yogurt....SHaylee loves it!

I don't have any suggestions, Shaylees pretty good about eating veggies. But i would like a copy of the list. My e-mail is


At 5:47 AM, Blogger Sara M. said...

Oh, please send it to me! I have two little boys, ages 2 & 4, and I'm always in need of new ideas when it comes to their meals/snacks. Thanks!

At 6:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would love the list too! My 3yo loves carbs! I would love her to eat meat! Both of my girls for some reason love steamed broccoli with nothing on it. I wish I knew how I got so lucky for them to eat it!

At 7:06 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

Add me to the list of people who want the list. :o) Since we're expecting our child to be around 12 months old, I need to start learning this stuff.

At 7:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would love the document! Thanks!

At 7:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would love to have a copy of this list too!

I've tried some recipes like Cheeseburger Soup which sounds terrible to me but is actually really's hidden ingredients?? Lots of shredded carrots and finely chopped celery!
You can find the recipe at .

We also try to make lots of banana, pumpkin and zucchini bread and muffins. I decrease the sugar
to make it better for them!

At 8:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would love the list!! I have a 16 month old who only eats grapes and chicken nuggets!!!!

At 8:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would love that list!

I am a great hider of foods. I will make spaghetti with lots of veggies, then grind it up a bit in a mini-prep so that the noodles and sauce are in smaller chunks. I am pretty successful at sneaking veggies in that way.

At 11:49 AM, Blogger DeAnna said...

Isabella loves all fruit and used to love all vegetables, now she has gotten a little bit pickier, but surprisingly loves peas, lima beans, tomatoes (most of the time) and cooked carrots. She does really like soup so I will make up some homemade veggie soup and she loves that. (I realize veggies in soup aren't as good as just steamed ones, but it will do for now) I'd love to see the list as well. I have a harder time with protein - she likes chicken, but doesn't like red meat at all - I can't cook chicken everyday. She likes beans too though - hummus is a good snack as well to have with baked pita chips. I have a book (maybe I should post it for a WFMW) that I used with her and now use with Amelia in making their baby food and it gives some healthy snack ideas in it as well.

At 12:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd love the list! And a healthy, quick breakfast idea we have is a whole grain waffle with peanut butter and some sliced banana on it folded in half to be eaten like a sandwich.

At 1:09 PM, Blogger Lindsay said...

My daughter is 16 months old and the typcial picky toddler. I have tried my best to give her only healthy option, but I feel like I feed her the same things over and over. And she will not eat meat, so protein comes in yogurt and peanut butter forms. Sigh. Please send the list to lindsrae at hotmail dot com.

Since my daughter loves all things bread, I make muffins a lot and reduce the oil and add applesauce and load up on carrots, raisins, pineapple chunks, or whatever. I've found she eats things better off of a fork than with her hands. (She hates mushy things.) She also likes the Wal-Mart "Parent's Choice " brand freeze dried fruits and veggies--and you can take them with you anywhere. Target has "Archer Farm" brand all natural fruit leathers with no added sugar or artificial flavors, and she loves those. She will eat the frozen mixed vegetables (with a fork, of course!) And she loves dips, like others mentioned; I made avocado dip with mashed avocadoes, a pinch of salt, and a squeeze of lemon juice. Hummus and yogurt as a dip are eaten as well :)

At 1:22 PM, Blogger Mia said...

I posted earlier but it didn't show up? I would love a copy please. I have a picky toddler at home too!

B loves homemade granola on plain yogurt with a little real maple syrup to sweeten it.

At 3:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...
I would love this list, thanks!

At 3:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oooo, excellent, I've posted about this in the past but I'm always looking for new ideas ;).

At 4:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks OW!!!

At 5:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would LOVE a copy - thanks for a great post.


At 8:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

yes please id love that list
im always on the look out for things to do with kids

At 10:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would like to have a copy of the list!

One thing that helps my three year old to try new, healthy foods is to involve her in the preparation of the food. If she is "creating" it, she is more likely to try it. :o)

At 6:06 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

I'd love a copy. Thanks. jennifer (dot) snapshot (at)

Meat is what my little guy (and his big sis before him) didn't eat too much of, which was fine. Canned fruit usually goes over well here (and I get the kind packed in juice, not syrup)--pears, mandarin oranges, peaches. Frozen peas, still frozen, sometimes work, too. Grape tomatoes are a big hit. My daughter loved green beans, which I let her dip in ketchup (I know--gross). The canned kind of either whole or cut green beans are great finger food.

All of these things go in jags--sometimes he loves them, other times not so much.

At 7:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would love a copy. I have a picky eater that is 16 months old. I feel like I feed the same things to her all the time and would love some new suggestions. Thanks!! My address is:

At 12:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

PLEASE send it to me!! I have a grandson that won't eat anything! I have him 3 days a week and try so hard to get him interested in healthy foods.
Thanks, Diana (

At 6:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i'd love a copy, my 15 month old exists off of string cheese and granola bars! amd she won't drink anything, milk or juice, without it being heated up first! my email is

At 9:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

sign me up!!!! My son's problem is that if it's a carb or a fuit he'll eat it all day long but if it's meat or veggie he wouldn't touch it untill recently. (He's 2.) His only protein I think was eggs, tofu, yogurt and cheese for a LONG time.

Anyway, my email is thebutterflymama at gmail dot com

At 9:47 PM, Blogger Michelle said...

I'd love to have this document when you get the chance. Problem with Kayla is that she'll rarely eat dinner and I know she's hungry. I try not to give her a snack after she wakes up from her nap to help ensure she's hungry for dinner. She just doesn't seem to care for most dinner foods...if I were to serve breakfast foods she would eat dinner! but I'm not going to be a short order cook and make her a different meal (although I do resort to that on occassions!)

Here is something I do though. I buy the V8 Fusion drinks for her. They are fruit and vegetable and a glass contains a full serving of fruit and vegetable. So at least I know she's getting some good foods - and it's healthier then just apple/grape juice!

At 7:55 PM, Blogger JennyK said...

Hi! I'd love a copy please.
rjkettler at sbcglobal . net


At 10:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just received the suggestions for healthy foods. Thank you so much for sharing.

At 12:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've found with my 24 month old that I have to offer snacks before he is hungry. While he is busy playing I will offer him an apple or some kiwi and he will take it more times than not. Or I will sit down and eat something and he will come over to see what I am eating and steal it from me- then I pretend to get upset and it's a fun game! If I wait until he is hungry he will want only crackers or cheese, anything besides fruit. Veggies work best ground up with whole wheat pasta and olive oil or spaghetti sauce.

At 11:55 AM, Blogger Paula said...

I would love that site. Thank you!

My son also LOVES meat. Chicken, turkey, roast, lunch meat, tuna (yes even tuna) He also loves crakers any kind. Veggies...forget it. He was so good as a baby, but no he refuses.

He also loves spaghetti. I have read once to puree carrots, tomatoe and squash into the sauce. I have never tried it, but it may work.

At 2:48 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

I'd love the list!

At 6:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is it too late to ask for the list? My son is quite the finicky one. Thanks!

At 2:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i really did mean to post my e-mail last week.Really I did.
so if it's not late it's

thanks Michelle

At 1:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would love the list! My email is

Sometimes I'll give my son frozen peas or frozen green beans and he'll eat them that way. Don't know why!

At 10:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would love a copy of the list please! I have a very, very fussy toddler and I am running out of ideas. My email is

Thanks a bunch!

At 12:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would like a copy of list too, please. My son eats okay, but I am so out of ideas for his nutrition.

please email

At 9:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please share! I could use some new ideas!


At 12:54 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

I would love a copy of your suggestions.

At 10:50 PM, Blogger Overwhelmed! said...

msgemini95- I'd be happy to send this to you, but you'll need to send me your email address to

At 8:20 PM, Blogger Tamara said...

Could really use your list of healthy food for toddlers...mine snack constantly and can't seem to get all healthy with them, HELP! :)

At 1:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please send me a copy of the healthy food for toddlers and a copy of how to get them to eat healthy - thank you! My e-mail is

At 10:49 AM, Blogger Sandy said...

Do you still have the lists available? If so, I would like a copy.
My email is
Thanks so much!

At 2:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are lots of great suggestions here.
I have a one year old that is just now venturing out into the table foods arena.
One of the things that he adores is the multi-grain pastas. He especially enjoys the spaghetti!
He also LOVES drinkable yogurt.

I would very much like to get the list of food suggestions sent to:

Thanks so much for the wonderful website!

At 2:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would love a copy of the list sent to:

I have a one year old & he loves the multi-grain pasta.
He also goes for the drinkable yogurts.
One of his absolute favorites is a scrambled egg with a tablespoon of cream cheese added to it.

Thanks for the great website!

At 7:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It looks like you posted this back in 2006 but if you still have access to your list and get this comment from me, I would love to see a copy of the list. My e-mail is


At 9:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would absolutely love a copy of that list, please email to Thanks. I have an 11 month old that is crazy for table food. I feed very small cubed ham/turkey, cut up veggies and cheese, yogurt, tortilla pieces, etc. Thanks!

At 12:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

First , let me say, I love your pictures. My grandson is 12 months and really loves to eat. My problem is I'm always so afraid he is going to choke. He eats crackers just fine, has 4 teeth, 2 more coming in, and I feel like I need to start letting him feed himself more but he just shoves it in and that scares me. How do I get over being so afraid of introducing more finger foods? I would love your list of foods,Thanks!!

At 12:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Forgot to leave my e-mail for copy of food list, it is!!

At 10:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Would LOVE a copy of your list! Thank you!

At 5:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would love a copy of that list. My 11 month old only wants to feed herself and I find myself giving her the same things over and over again. Thanks.

At 9:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I also would love the email is .
My daughter hates any meat, but loves anything dairy...she loves Stonyfield Organic Yogurt and Breakstones cottage cheese with berries. thanks!!!


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