Brainstorming meals for your family isn’t always easy. Planning healthy toddler meal ideas is even more challenging. Your little one may happily eat PB&J for every meal, but you know it’s important to encourage your fussy eater to try new, healthy foods. To help you brainstorm, here are some of our favorite health toddler meals.
1. Revamp chicken nuggets as a healthy meal for picky toddlers
Don’t feel guilty about using chicken nuggets among your healthy toddler meal ideas! Chicken nuggets are quick and easy, and toddlers love them.
One of our favorite healthy toddler meals that features this tried and true food is Say Cheese! Nuggets & Veggies. The crispy, gluten-free nuggets are made with organic chicken and served with delicious cheesy rice. Kids gobble this meal right up!
2. Think outside the box with chili
The possibilities with chili are endless! This is a great place to start if you’re brainstorming toddler veggie recipes. It’s easy to hide healthy foods like veggies, lean meat, and beans in chili. Plus, it’s super easy to serve chili outside of the classic bowl.
Try chili on some yummy nachos or on top of warm rice like in our Broc N’ Roll Chili Bowl.
3. Healthy toddler meal ideas for Taco Tuesday
Who doesn’t love Taco Tuesday? Buildable tacos are a great way to encourage toddlers to experiment with new foods.
Every night can be taco night with the Baked Taco Pocket. This super fun and healthy toddler meal is handheld and full of ground beef, cheddar cheese, and of course: veggies!
4. Pasta is always a kid-favorite
Pasta is a win for many toddlers and parents because it’s easy and delicious. It’s a win for us, too, because there are so many healthy toddler meal ideas that include pasta!
Our favorite? Probably the Cheesy Fusilli Pasta. The twisty pasta is super fun for kids, and the marinara sauce has hidden veggies.
5. Include salad in healthy toddler meals
Yep, salad can be a great toddler food idea, especially if you think outside the box. Try using shredded lettuce for toddlers with small bites of veggies for easy eating. Make it fun and let your child help with preparing the salad, too!
Serve salad as a side with a delicious, filling meal like the Bowl of Yays.
6. Use pizza as a template for healthy meals for picky toddlers
Chances are, your little one isn’t going to say “no” to pizza! It’s super easy (and fun) to make DIY pizzas at home using whole-wheat crust, flatbreads or bagels like our Perfect Pizza Bagel & Veggies. Kids love the buildable feature of pizza, so they might even experiment with a few veggie toppings!
7. Healthy toddler meals with eggs
It’s super common for toddlers to feel a little iffy about meat. Eggs are a nutritionist-approved food for kids that offer plenty of protein as well as a more toddler-friendly texture, making them a great option as healthy meals for picky toddlers.
If you didn’t already know, you can get kids food delivery for healthy breakfasts, too! The Turkey Sausage and Eggs is a healthy and filling breakfast for busy mornings or a great option for a protein-packed lunch or dinner.
8. Meatballs are a fun source of protein
If your little one is picky about meat, then meatballs are a great healthy toddler meal idea. They’re bite-sized, easier and more fun to eat! Meatballs are great for parents, too. It’s easy to add them to almost any meal, and it’s super easy to fill them with finely chopped veggies.
We love adding meatballs to cheesy pasta and veggies, like the Chick N’ Casserole. The organic chicken meatballs and fusilli pasta are gluten-free and tossed in a creamy, cheesy cauliflower sauce. Yum!
9. Use healthy fillers in your toddler’s favorite meals
Sometimes it’s easiest to work with the meals you know your toddler already loves. One way to do this is to add healthy fillers like beans, brown rice, or finely chopped veggies.
The Vegetarian Bean Burrito is a perfect example! This whole wheat burrito features fiber-rich beans, rice and organic tomato sauce. Toddlers love this cheesy burrito with a side of creamy corn.
10. Sneak some veggies into healthy toddler meals
Several Yumble recipes feature “hidden” veggies that help with getting your toddler to eat healthy food. For example, the Classic Cheese Ravioli is tossed in marinara packed with hidden veggies like carrots, celery, and squash. Many times, texture is the issue with veggies for toddlers. Blending them into a sauce adds great taste without the chunky texture!
Looking for an easy way to serve healthy toddler meals without the stress? Yumble delivers fresh, delicious, fully prepared toddler meals. Get started by picking the plan that works best for your family, choose your weekly meals, and Yumble will take care of the rest! No cooking required!