You get everyone to the table and bring out the food. Your toddler won’t eat, throws a fit, or fusses. No matter how hard you try, this is often the reality of feeding toddlers. Sometimes toddlers won’t eat. The good news is that it’s normal. The bad news? It’s a difficult thing to know exactly why your toddler isn’t eating—and what exactly you should do about it. But there are simple steps you can take to improve the situation.
The best roasted vegetables for toddlers and babies are ones that cook up a sweet, and soft, yet sturdy enough to be great finger foods. They are such an easy way to prepare vegetables for toddlers because the method is so quick and easy. The best roasted vegetables include broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, zucchini, squash, sweet potatoes, potatoes, peppers, and Brussels sprouts, though you can really experiment with anything your kids love.
Coming up with lunch ideas for toddlers can be incredibly difficult. Their preferences change regularly, they can’t always manage a wide range of food on their own, and daycares and preschools may be limited with how much they can help. To help you come up with new options, these lunch ideas for toddlers should help.
We all worry that our little ones aren’t eating enough vegetables. Or that they’re eating too much sugar. Or not enough protein. And while I like to remind you how in many cases, you actually don’t need to worry so much, there is one trick that I’ve fo…
Whether you’re heading out on vacation, a road trip, a day out of the house, a playdate, or packing a daycare or preschool lunch, these healthy toddler snacks will help keep your toddler full and happy. I’ve included a nice mix of healthy homemade toddler snack recipes, preschool snack ideas, healthy store-bought toddler snacks, baby-led weaning snack ideas, and a few assembly-only ideas to give you a wide range of options for portable foods that are packed with nutrition. Plus, they all taste great, since I know many of you are dealing with picky toddlers as well as hungry ones!
One of the best ways to help your toddler eat more fruits and vegetables is to pack them into smoothies. These hidden-veggie toddler smoothies are simple to blend up and are even easier to customize. By starting with one master smoothie recipe and varying it based on what your toddler likes (and for any food allergy concerns), you can increase the likelihood that your toddler will actually drink it!
We’ve been on a real quesadilla kick lately, in part because they’re so easy and also because everyone in my family loves them. And while I can’t go too far afield with what I put inside, I seem to have good reception as long as there’s enough cheese in the mix. These Pumpkin Black Bean Sheet Pan Quesadillas are a new favorite!
I’ve decided that my girls would be so much happier if we ate dinner at 5 pm. Unfortunately, I cannot figure out how to reliably make that happen, what with day jobs and daycare and such, so I’m trying to make sure that our weeknight dinners are fast, easy, and reliable. This 5-Ingredient Pasta with Squash and Sausage is exactly the type of family meal that we eat most nights.
I’m just going to say it: Cooking dinner at the end of the day, when everyone is a little cranky and often a lot hungry, is HARD. Because of that, I try really hard to have recipes in the mix that are both easy to make and easy to make-ahead—because the more I can have done before 5 pm when we walk in the door, the better. This Veggie-Packed Chili Mac is one of those meals.
Multiple times a week, I stand in front of the fridge and wonder: What can I give T that she hasn’t already eaten today? Because there are days when it feels like she’s already had everything I have on hand and while she would happily eat fruit and che…