Getting my toddler to eat anything green is always a struggle. However, Bean will eat several Spinach Ice Pops a day if I let him. I wish I could remember where I originally found this recipe.
Spinach Ice Pops
1/2 fresh pineapple
1 cup fresh or frozen spinach
Combine all of the ingredients in a blender. Blend until all of the green specks are gone. Pour into ice pop molds (Target has miniature ones, and they happen to be BPA free!) and freeze.
Spinach is a good source of vitamins A and C, calcium, phosphorus, and protein. Pineapple contains calcium, potassium, fiber, and vitamin C, and manganese. Pineapple also contains a protein digesting enzyme mixture called bromelain. Bananas contain potassium, fiber, and B6.
Other Toddler Friendly Ideas
Quinoa - make it with milk instead of water, and add brown sugar, peanut butter, and diced bananas and strawberries. Quinoa is a complete protein!
Freeze Dried Fruit - Trader Joes has wonderful freeze dried mangoes - Bean usually refuses to eat fresh fruit (no matter how much we beg, plead, bribe, or threaten) but he loves anything freeze dried.
Baked Sweet Potato Fries
Eggs - scrambled, hard boiled, whatever - he loves them
Cheese - slice it into french fry shapes
Spaghetti with Tomato Sauce - you can smuggle pureed carrots into the sauce
Brown Rice with Beans
Tofu - Bean loves Crispy Baked Tofu
Peanut Butter or Almond Butter - serve on bread, freeze dried fruit, or with a spoon. Mix jam into it for a special treat.
Hummus - Very easy to make. The beans are a good source of protein, and you can blend a roasted red bell pepper into it
Bean loves to dip things into other things. The yogurt, hummus, peanut butter, and refried beans all work perfectly. I sometimes serve a little blob of each along with a piece of toast sliced into fingers, or a few corn chips.
Chia seed - This might be hard to find, but it is a wonderful source of Omega-3, calcium, and iron. It is also easier to digest than flax (no need to grind it). I sprinkle it into his yogurt and breakfast cereal. Chia can also be mixed into fruit smoothies.