Now that your little one is not so little, it will be a tad bit more difficult to get him/her to eat everything that is healthy and nutritious. As your baby grows into a toddler, he/she will develop a taste for all things nice and it is not uncommon to find parents who are struggling to include more veggies in their toddlers’ diet. However, a few simple recipes can make this process much simpler. Let’s take a look!
Every toddler loves pasta and it’s easy to integrate vegetables in the recipe. Once you have cooked the pasta in hot water, drain the water and keep aside. In a separate saucepan, prepare the sauce. You can simply saute some chopped garlic and mix it with tomato puree and ketchup and season it. You can add other herbs before mixing in the pasta. Now, to this sauce, you can add grated vegetables like carrots, beet etc. and your toddler won’t even notice!
Vegetable Cutlet Sandwich
Mash together boiled vegetables of your choice and mix them with seasoning and other spices like garam masala, chaat masala etc. You can also mix in some breadcrumbs for added crunch. Now make these into small flattened balls and shallow fry. Use these cutlets to make sandwiches with ketchup or mayo and surprise your toddler with a healthy and tasty meal.
Toddlers love fast and packaged food that they are usually denied. However, with this recipe, you can tempt them with healthier alternatives. Simply thinly slice sweet potatoes, carrots or zucchini and pat them dry. Now lay them out on a baking tray and lightly drizzle with olive oil. Now pop them in an oven till crispy – sprinkle salt before serving!
Toddlers love their dose of sweet fruit juice, especially in warm weather. This is a great way to sneak in vegetables into your toddler’s diet. Look for combinations that work – carrots and oranges; apples and beets etc.
All the best!