As a mom to a baby rapidly approaching 1 year old, I find myself every day trying to get creative in foods I expose him to and the way in which I expose him. We have really begun to move out of small chopped indivdual pieces of veggies, fruits and meats. And while it is still great to use chopped pieces as snacks or for meals, we have started experimenting with presentation, ie: looking like adult food. We chose to use a Baby Led Weaning approach with our son but we also use baby food quite often. I am a huge fan or adding real veggies or fruits to the baby food jars, just to create texture. I have noticed how curious he is when he sees Mommy and Daddy eating different things especially pizza or fish. Because he often likes to mimic what we eat, I have been happily forced to eat better and prepare meals that we can both benefit from. We aren't perfect and every day is different but we found several snack/meal quickies that really work for us. Enjoy and let me know if they work for you! Bon apetit!
A quick and easy way to make pizza that is delicious, healthy and toddler friendly! Plus you can sneak in some healthy yummy veggies and protein for the little one too!
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
Take a piece of flatbread/rollup, etc. and place on a baking sheet. Drizzle a small amount of olive oil on it and spread evenly with a spoon. (I personally prefer Lavash bread because it is heart healthy, has oat, bran and flaxseed-great for any BF moms out there).
Add toppings! You can choose whatever you find most delicious. I like using chopped up spinach, tomato, cheese (the picture above is cheddar, but I preferred the Montery Jack we had done the night before), and organic apple chicken sausage. The apple chicken sausage gives the pizza a really nice cinnamon taste when cooked plus it is healthy.
Add a few spices: basil and oregano.
Bake in oven for approx. 10 mins until edges begin to brown and darken.
Let cool, slice and enjoy!
Cut up into smaller pieces so baby can enjoy too!
I got a George Foreman Panini Grille last Christmas, and I really love using it, but you can make this snack just as easy with your toaster for a treat that is delicious for Mom and baby!
Veggies (you can choose more if you want): Brocolini, onion, zucchini, spinach,tomato.
Cheese (only 3 or 4 small pieces-cut up)
Humus (or another spread of your choice)
(You can also add some meat if you want!)
(If you don't have the panini or foreman, then toast the bread first)
Spread some humus over the bread. Then add chopped up brocolini (the ends not stems), onion, zucchini, and spinach.
Sprinkle little pieces of cheese.
Add tomato. I like to use only the inside part for this sandwich and just drizzle/glob it on different parts of the sandwich.
Put on panini/grille and heat til cheese melts and you have some golden bread! (If you toasted, then at this point put in microwave or crisp in over for less than a minute)
Cut into pieces and share with baby!
Fruit Yogurt Parfait
A yummy snack or breakfast that is quick and easy. If you make a few at beginning of the week, the granola with get really soft, making it even tastier! Plus it makes a great on the go snack for Mommy or Daddy!
1 container of Greek Yogurt-vanilla works great, but you can do whichever flavor or brand you enjoy best!
1 container of granola
Fruit: Blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, pineapple, mango, etc
Take a small plastic or Dixie cup (or containers if you are making for the week). And scoop in some yogurt. It should be enough to cover the bottom. Tap the cup to even the yogurt out.
Add a layer of granola and then fruit. Tap the cup again to even it out.
Repeat this process using different fruits until you fill the cup up.
Put in fridge or serve.
"Traditional Grilled Cheese"
Warm frying pan and take out 2 slices of cheese from the fridge
Lightly butter 2 slices of whole grain bread
When frying pan has warmed, lay one slice of bread butter-side down top with 2 slices of cheese and then top with remaining slice of bread; butter side up.
Fry and flip sandwich as needed until bread becomes golden and toasted.
Hide meat and/or veggies in there!! Turkey, Chicken, Cooked Broccoli, Carrot Slivers, Onions, Peppers, Tomatoes or even Green Beans for example!
QUICK -N- EASY SMOOTHIE
1 cup 100% nothing added fruit juice (you do not have to use fruit juice-you can use vita coco, or any other liquid you choose!)
1 cup plain, vanilla or fruited yogurt (not with fruit on the bottom!)
Fruits or Veggies-banana, carrots, spinach, squash, zucchini, oranges, etc
Place yogurt and juice in a blender or a lidded container/cup and shake until mixed well
Pour into Toddler's cup.
Add in the fruit or veggies for an extra boost (ensure you grind/blend it finely enough to be able to pour out of cup).
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