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Recipes to Fool Your Toddler into Eating Healthy

Recipes that I have adapted to provide my little guy with a healthy meal that meets his approval! These recipes work on husbands too. :)

Published February 22, 2017

by Amanda Davies

Registered Dietitian MS, RD, CSR, LD
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In my last article (read here: My Toddler Won’t Eat: Toddler Nutrition 101), I wrote about all of the efforts I developed to feed my “picky” 22-month-old. As a follow-up, I thought it would be helpful to share some of the recipes I have adapted to provide my little guy with a healthy meal that meets his approval! These recipes work on husbands, too. 🙂

Banana Pancakes

This recipe is super easy and very quick. It is loaded with protein and provides a serving or two of fruit! I don’t serve these pancakes with syrup because they taste wonderful on their own, but if your little one wants to sweeten it up, try mashing up blueberries or strawberries and drizzling them on top.

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Banana Pancakes


  • Author: Amanda Davies

Ingredients

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  • 1 Banana
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 pinch of cinnamon
  • Optional: Add in nuts, berries, vanilla, etc.

Instructions

  1. Mash banana in a medium-sized bowl until it has a pudding-like texture.
  2. In a separate bowl, beat eggs and add to the mashed-up banana. Now, add cinnamon and any additional ingredients.
  3. Heat griddle to medium and add olive oil or a pat of butter to prevent the mix from sticking. Add about 3 tablespoons of mix to the griddle. Let it cook for about 1 minute or so (until the edges start to look firm) and gently flip the pancake. Cook for another minute or so, or until both sides are golden brown.
  4. Serve and enjoy! These can be kept in the refrigerator for 2-3 days and reheated in the microwave or on a griddle. You can also make a big batch and freeze, reheating a few in the mornings for breakfast.

Notes

This recipe is super easy and very quick. It is loaded with protein and provides a serving or two of fruit! I don’t serve these pancakes with syrup because they taste wonderful on their own, but if your little one wants to sweeten it up some, try mashing up blueberries or strawberries and drizzling them on top.

 

Cauliflower Pizza Crust

This has become a staple in my house. My son absolutely loves pizza and seriously requests it for every meal. He doesn’t know the difference between this and “real” pizza when we make this. Also, a plus, my husband loves it too! This is an excellent opportunity to get your little one involved in the cooking process. After making the crust, let your little one choose their toppings and “make” his own pizza. Get creative and offer different fruits, vegetables, meats, and cheeses!

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Recipes to Fool Your Toddler into Eating Healthy


  • Author: Brian

Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 1/2 Head of Cauliflower
  • 1/2 cup of shredded Italian cheese blend
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 glove of minced garlic
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Shred cauliflower in a food processor. Or, if you have a juicer, juice the cauliflower and use the pulp as your base (if you do this, skip step 3).
  3. Steam shredded cauliflower over boiling water in a steamer basket for about 15 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and refrigerate until cooled.
  4. Place cauliflower in cheesecloth and squeeze as much excess water out as possible.
  5. Mix egg, Italian cheese blend, garlic, cauliflower, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl.
  6. Pour mixture onto the baking sheet –make sure it is lined with parchment paper or at the very least generously greased with olive oil. Form the mixture into the shape of a pizza crust. You could use a rolling pin for this if you have one.
  7. Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes or until lightly browned.
  8. Optional: Carefully flip the pizza crust (I always need help) and cook for another 5 minutes. I find that this ensures the crust is crispy!
  9. Now it’s time to add your sauce and toppings and cook for 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted.

Notes

This has become a staple in my house. My son absolutely loves pizza and seriously requests it for every meal. When we make this, he doesn’t know the difference between this and “real” pizza. Also, a plus, my husband loves it too! This is an excellent opportunity to get your little one involved in the cooking process. After making the crust, let your little one choose their toppings and “make” his own pizza. Get creative and offer different fruits, vegetables, meats, and cheeses!

Enjoy!

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Amanda Davies MS, RD, CSR, LD is a Registered Dietitian and Board Certified Specialist in Renal Nutrition. She has experience as a Clinical Dietitian working with cardiovascular, cancer, geriatric, bariatric and… Read more

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