Monday, August 24, 2009

Vegetarian Toddler

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 banana
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.

Melon

Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Eggs - scrambled, hard boiled, whatever - he loves them

Cheese - slice it into french fry shapes

Yogurt

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

Re-fried Beans

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.

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