The Easy Way to Keep Veggies in Your Toddler’s Diet

The Easy Way to Keep Veggies in Your Toddler’s Diet

If you have followed my blog for any amount of time, you already know that when it comes to meal time, I am all for easy and feed yourself as much as possible.  With a toddler, I realized that this meant that I was slowly feeding my son less and less vegetables.  I know, I know.  How hard is it really to steam some veggies?  The answer is that it isn’t.  However, it is time-consuming enough and when I’m trying to get my youngest fed and help the others with homework, hear about their day, keep the house somewhat clean and get started on dinner for the rest of us, sometimes it just doesn’t happen.

I am all for fast and easy, but I just won’t do canned veggies.  On the occasion that I did get some veggies steamed for my little one, he was far from impressed.  He would try one or two pieces before deciding that he had no interest in eating them and the rest would go on the floor or become ammunition to throw at big brother.

I decided that there had to be a better way.  This was the kid that gobbled up nearly every veggie you could think of when he started eating solids.  Why did he all of a sudden have a strong aversion to nearly every veggie I decided to send his way?  I could just give up and hope he was getting enough nutrition elsewhere.  However, that probably wasn’t the smartest idea.

An Idea Was Born

Toddler Vegetables

If my son was such a great eater of veggies when he first started solids, why not take advantage of what worked then?  I decided to go back to pureeing vegetables for him.  It does take a little bit of time to steam and puree the veggies, however, the difference from cooking them for an individual meal is that I can prepare a big batch ahead of time.  I can prepare the veggies on the weekends when I have more time.

If you haven’t made your own purees before, be sure to check out my post on how I easily made a month’s worth of baby food in one afternoon for only about $20.

Making it Yummy

Celery Root Apple + Broccoli Apple + Apple Quinoa
Quinoa + Broccoli + Apple

Rather than feed the veggies by themselves, I love to mix in other veggies, fruits, and even quinoa to really increase the nutritional value.  He is also willing to eat a much wider variety of vegetables when they have some fruit mixed in.

Toddler Vegetables

I love using these pouches that I can make myself.  Not only are they extremely convenient, my son can manage to eat from the pouches on his own.  He loves it and I love that he can feed himself.

Toddler Vegetables

I hope you have enjoyed this post and have some great ideas for how to keep those nutritious veggies in your little one’s diet!  Be sure to stay connected to all of the great ideas from The Crafty Organized Mom by signing up for updates.  When you do, you’ll also grab a free copy of our Family Meeting Guide + Meeting Printable!

Easy DIY Kool Aid Play Dough Recipe

Easy DIY Kool Aid Play Dough Recipe

I find myself in wonder watching my older kids play with play dough or galactic putty.  I set them up at the table and give them a few random “tools” like cookie cutters, forks, and a rolling pin.  They will literally play for hours!  With as much fun as the big kids have, I was wondering if my toddler would like to play with play dough as much as his big brother and sister do.  I decided to make a batch of Kool-Aid play dough and find out.

I love this play dough recipe!  It’s really easy to make.  It only takes about 10 minutes to cook up a batch.  I usually have all of the ingredients in my cupboard.  AND…it smells so good!  There are a ton of options for colors and scents.

Play Dough Recipe

  • 1 Cup Flour
  • 1/4 Cup Salt
  • 2 Tbsp. Cream of Tarter
  • 1 Tbsp. Vegetable Oil
  • 1 Package Your Choice of Unsweetened Kool-Aid
  • 1 Cup Water

Play Dough Ingredients

  1. Mix all ingredients in non-stick sauce pot, stir until there are no lumps
  2. Place pan over medium-low heat and stir constantly
  3. Mixture will start to stick together and form a dough within a few minutes
  4. After dough forms, remove from heat and turn dough out onto flour covered surface
  5. Use Caution – It will be very hot.  Gently knead in a small amount of flour until the dough is not sticky and reaches your desired consistency
  6. Your yummy smelling play dough is ready!  Have fun!  Be sure to store it in an airtight container between the fun.

Playing with Play Dough

My toddler loved the play dough!  I set him up with the dough, a small rolling pin, a child fork and a cookie cutter at his highchair.  He played for a good 30 minutes before losing interest (distraction free dinner prep time here I come!!!).  He did try once to put it in his mouth and didn’t like the results so learned quickly it wasn’t something he wanted to eat.  In addition to keeping him occupied and having fun, I think it will help him with developing fine motor skills.

Playing with Play Dough

Even though I made the play dough for my toddler, my big kids were really excited to get to help him play with it.  I had to keep an eye on my toddler’s share of play dough because slowly it started to dwindle as big brother or sister “helped” him make something with his play dough.

Playing with Play Dough

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Easy Baby Finger Foods

Easy Baby Finger Foods

My little is in between stages right now.  He’s moved on past purees but isn’t quite to the point where we’re feeding him what we are eating.  As you know, I am a busy mom of three kids so on top of the great fine motor skills he’s developing, it is so helpful when he can feed himself!

I have to admit, I’ve run short on inspiration now and then to mix up his meals and keep giving him a variety of nutritious foods.

Easy baby finger foods

Here is a list of super fast and easy baby finger food ideas for your inspiration…

  1. Cooked Pasta
  2. Cubed Colby Cheese
  3. Cantaloupe
  4. Bananas
  5. String Cheese
  6. Red Grapes (be sure to cut them in quarters!)
  7. Rice
  8. Cubed Chicken Breast
  9. Cooked Veggie Pasta
  10. Strawberries
  11. Shredded Chicken
  12. Apples, peeled and cut
  13. Green Grapes (be sure to cut in quarters!)
  14. Blueberries
  15. Corn off the Cob
  16. Peaches, peeled and sliced
  17. Mangos

Easy Baby Finger Foods Picnic

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I usually serve them to him in this divided plate.  It has a suction cup for a bottom so I can stick it to his tray so it doesn’t go flying!  It has a removable lip on it to assist them as they are learning to scoop things up.

Eating Easy Baby Finger Foods
I know there are a ton more options but sometimes you just need to look at a picture or list for inspiration, right?  I love the progression of babies learning to eat new foods.  What foods are on your baby’s menu right now?

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