Top Meal Ideas for Babies and Toddlers
The lovely Danni Duncan, nutrition and fitness coach and Mumma to 2 year old Harper, has put together a little blog for us on her favourite meals for babies and toddlers.
Over to Danni, and be sure to check out her Instagram @thefigure_
There are lots of ideas and recipes out there - and I have a stack on my website as well - but we all have our go to’s so have a read below - I hope your Bub loves them as much as Harper.
Our number 1 go to would have to be porridge. I stack a whole lot of nutrients in there so it’s not only great for her but yummy and filling.
- Oats - full of fibre, iron, B vitamins for immune health, magnesium, and lots of antioxidants,
- Full cream A2 milk - great source of Calcium, protein and potassium
- Banana - full of potassium to help out body function, Vitamin C and B6, and Fibre
- Flaxseeds - great source of fibre and healthy fats
- Chia seeds - full of fibre and loads of minerals
- Peanut butter - great source of protein, healthy fats, magnesium and antioxidants
- Berries to top - which are super rich in vitamins especially vitamin C and magnesium
Our little Harper has never been a huge lunch fan - she’s more of a grazer around lunch time so my best meal idea for her lunch is usually a little smogasbord. Best served in baby luno’s plate with divider. Sometimes I give her a slice of bread as well - but it’s not usually necessary if she eats most of this.
Harper usually has
- Diced avocado - full of healthy fats, vitamin C, folate an potassium (more than a banana)
- Sweet corn kernels - high in vitamin C (and really just super fun to eat one at a time…..)
- Roasted pumpkin - packed with fibre and vitamin A (great for eyesight and immune system)
- Smoked Salmon - great source of protein, omega 3 fatty acids
Other things you can add on there - white beans, boiled eggs, cheese slices, baby corn spears, roasted sweet potato, roast chicken, asparagus spears, steamed broccoli florettes, cherry tomatoes (cut in half) quinoa, baked beans
This is a hard one as she loves dinner time - anything from risotto, to stews, to another smorgasbord or just fish and veggies she’ll basically smash anything I give her which is fab. Her favourite would have to be a pasta dish though. The great thing about pasta is that you can pack it full of veges, they can eat it with their hands and you can make a stack and freeze it so it’s on call for those nights you’re not sure what to do.
Harpers faves would be
- Salmon and vege pasta bake
- Spaghetti bolognese
- And although there’s not a huge amount of nutrients in it by itself - Mac & Cheese is a fab treat. To get some vege in there you can always roast some pumpkin and blend it in with the cheese sauce before adding to the macaroni
Once you have a baby snacks become life - especially if you’re out and about or traveling. If I thought my husband got hangry - that’s nothing compared to a hungry baby.
Harper’s faves would have to be:
- Boiled eggs - full of protein
- Banana pancakes
- Greek Yoghurt pouches full of calcium and protein (not flavoured - there’s loads of sugar with flavoured yoghurt)
- Oat flapjacks
- Berries or other fruit - just be careful with fruit intake as it is high in sugar
- Baby Corn spears
Check out the baby luno Meal Time Range here