In my house, we like junk food. We like pizza, we like pasta, and we LOVE sour candy. Mmm. Not just us adults, but the toddler too. As much as I hate to admit it, that kid can put away some pizza (I’m secretly proud).
So in order to balance out our weekend cheat meals, we try our best to stay on track during the week and eat nutritious meals. If you have a hard time figuring out how to make your toddler’s plate whole and nutritious, here are 4 “whole” dinner ideas to inspire you!
Monday: Sweet potato, pineapple, and apple with peanut butter
While admittedly, Avery wasn’t crazy about the sweet potato, he discovered a newfound love for pineapple. The peanut butter on the apple was probably his favorite part.
Tuesday: Strawberries, blueberries, banana, and wheat thins
My toddler loooooves his fruit. I feel like he would probably live off of it if he could! He polished off this entire plate.
Wednesday: Peaches, tomatoes, carrots with ranch
Despite my best efforts, my child hates tomatoes. I’ve tried them every which way: cold, warm, diced, cherry, grape… No matter the case, he hates ’em. I thought maybe if he dipped them in ranch we’d have a winner, but after the grimace he gave me after his first bite I knew it was a hopeless cause. Nonetheless, he loved the carrots dipped in the ranch, and ate every last peach slice!
Thursday: Blueberries, hard boiled egg, cottage cheese, wheat thins
Since we were so fruit-heavy earlier in the week, I decided to whip out the dairy this day. Avery LOVES cottage cheese, which is great since it is so protein-packed. This was the perfect balanced meal to keep him energized before a busy night (as if toddlers need more energy…).
On Friday we went to Chick-fil-a, where he got the kids grilled nugget meal (6 count) and a side of fruit, with a chocolate milk to drink. I love that Chick-fil-a gives us nutritious options for the little ones!
What do you feed your toddler? I’d love to know! Let me know in the comments below.