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I can remember when each of our kids started to become picky eaters, so to hopefully help you, I am going to share tips below that are practical and easy to begin.
At one year old they were enjoying all of those delicious vegetables and fruits. By 18 months, they were throwing their apple on the floor and reaching for a cracker. I don’t know what it is or how they seem to learn it, but it has happened with all four of our kids.
Did you know that, on average, toddlers are only getting about 25% of the brain-nourishing DHA many experts recommend? DHA is an omega-3 fatty acid and it is important for their brain growth (85% of brain growth happens within the first three years of a child’s life).
Today I want to give you four tips to keep your toddler eating healthy foods.
1- Make it fun!
Make a smoothie popsicle. Our kids loved these at a young age! I filled them with all of those healthy fruits and veggies that they didn’t want anymore. They gobbled them right up!
2- Try supplementing their diet
Try supplementing their diet with EnfagrowIt just helps ensure that your child is getting the nutrients he/she may need. They really need that DHA – an important nutrient that’s particularly hard to get from the foods toddlers typically eat. DHA can be found in foods like fatty fishes and I can tell you that we really don’t eat that around here.
3- Give them prebiotics.
I hear this over and over again. Our doctor has told us this and even our chiropractor told us to start using them. They both said that if we can find foods that have prebiotics, to try that. The suggestion that I gave for #2 is helpful because Enfagrow makes toddler drinks that have DHA and probiotics (among other things like calcium, vitamin D & Iron). I just get the drinks that they make for kids ages one to three. It is a powder (they make ready-to-drink boxes, too). You can see more here. https://bit.ly/V8JSy3.
4. Be sneaky!
I bought the cookbook from Jessica Seinfeld about sneaking veggies into your kid’s food and I have been using it for years. Our favorite recipe from there is definitely the coconut chicken. It is fantastic!
You can find some great recipes on the Enfagrow website, like this one:
Makes about 18 muffins
4 scoops Enfagrow® Toddler Next Step™ Vanilla or Natural Milk powder
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 cup brown sugar
5 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 cups oats
2 eggs, slightly beaten
6 tbsp vegetable oil
3/4 cup water
1 cup mashed bananas
Preheat oven to 400° F.
Mix all dry ingredients (Enfagrow powder, flour, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, baking soda and oats) in a large bowl.
Make a well in the center and pour in the eggs, oil, water and bananas.
Stir with a fork until the dry ingredients are moistened.
Fill well-greased muffin tins 2/3 full.
Bake at 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the muffin comes out clean.
BONUS #5. Let it be available
Read this post on how I help our kids to eat more fruits & vegetables:
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