Foods to Feed a Toddler

Figuring out how to feed the demanding and picky little ones in our lives can be tricky, especially when they choose to start biting and growing teeth and stop sleeping about 17 months in…not that I’m speaking from experience or anything. Ahem.

Regardless, they still have to eat and we still have to feed them. Half the battle is remembering what your third child even likes/coming up with things for them to eat and the other half is preparing. I’ve compiled a nice long list of food items that I have consistently fed my little guy with much success. I’ve also included a few of his favorite dinners (with links to the recipes!) that I’ve made in the past. Most of the time though, I am giving him slices of this, or pieces of that and pulling a meal together based on food groups, which is why the first section of this article is just that. You’ll notice the picture above is one of those meals: crackers, hummus, fruits, veggies. Not rocket science and really simple to do.

Hopefully this will give you new ideas or a working list that you can use to create your grocery lists or the next little meal for your little monsters. Happy Saturday, friends!

Grains

mini Premium Plus Crackers (just found these recently…I am in love)

goldfish crackers

small rice cakes

Pasta + a little butter and parmesan cheese or some red sauce

Brown rice (I usually never ever ever make rice because it ends up EVERYWHERE and is hard to clean. Proceed with caution.)

silver dollar pancakes (just a fancy way for saying mini pancakes)

Plain oatmeal

cereal with very little sugar (I’m talkin’ about you, cheerios)

whole wheat toast with a little butter or peanut butter

pretzel sticks (good for dipping into things)

healthy muffins (like this recipe or this recipe)

 

Dairy

Whole Milk

Unsweetened Almond milk (don’t be a hater–yes I know this isn’t technically dairy, but it has double that calcium that regular milk does sooooooo….)

Yogurt Tubes (I like to freeze these, then cut them in half as needed and give my little one half)

Greek yogurt cups

Cheese cubes/sticks

Cottage Cheese

 

Fruits and Veggies

clementine segments

halved grapes

sliced strawberries

slices of persian cucumbers

cheese cubes

carrots

blueberries

frozen (and cooked) peas

Cubed and steamed veggies (or veggies and pasta drained from the broth in a soup)

dried apricots

sugar snap peas

halved cherry tomatoes

cooked sweet potato cubes

baked french fries/tater tots

 

Protein

scrambled eggs

handboiled eggs, sliced into pieces

diced BBQ chicken

taco meat (Eddie snarfs this down)

black beans

chick peas (he eats this like candy!!)

small pieces of cooked bacon

 

plant-based protein powder added into a smoothie

fish sticks

baked fish

hummus

chicken sausage pieces

 

Easy Dinners for toddlers (and adults!)

Garlic Chicken & Kale Spaghetti

15-Minute Chow Mein Noodles (yes, this is made with ramen…don’t leave a ridiculous comment about how bad ramen is for you. I KNOW. That’s why this recipe is half ramen half vegetables. Take a breath.)

Italian Sausage & Peppers Pasta 

Stovetop Tuna Noodle Casserole (minus the crunchy chips)

Slow Cooker Pot Roast

Swiss Chicken

Easy 20 Minute Garlic & Herb Baked Cod

Simple Chili

Easy Chicken Tortilla Soup (I give Eddie most of the chunks minus the broth so the mess stays somewhat minimal)

Crockpot Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti

 

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  1. Thank you for the article, lists and recipes – I have a 2 year old and all he wants to eat are VEGGIE CHIPS!

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  2. I have two teens at home, toddlers and teens have some similarities, don’t let either get too tired or too hungry. Love the chow mein recipe, thank you. I think I’ll add some protein and call it good. 🙂

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  3. Great ideas, thanks for sharing!

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