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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Convenience is Key....

when feeding a toddler! 

That doesn't mean it has to be bland though.  Below are some of my and William's recent favorite foods that are healthy,  flavorful, quick and easy to prepare. 

Dr. Praeger's Sensible Foods has a line of delicious and healthy kids products that William and I have become fans of.  We particularly enjoy the Sweet Potato Littles and Spinach Littles: think of them as toddler-sized potato pancakes in fun shapes including stars, teddy bears and dinosaurs!

Sargento Vermont Sharp White Cheddar chesse sticks are a flavorful alternative to the basic cheese stick (which is usually made with part-skim mozzarella).  William has alternated between wanting to hold ("hoh!") and bite these and asking me to cut them up ("cuh!")  into teeny tiny cubes.....

Ancient Harvest Quinoa Pasta Pagodas, Wheat Free, 8 Ounce Boxes (Pack of 12) is a delicious gluten-free pasta, the texture of which I actually prefer to our usual whole wheat pasta! The great thing about this quinoa pasta is that a serving size has 4 grams each of protein and fiber! We toss it with olive oil and our favorite jarred marinara sauce or some pesto.

Larabars  are delicious snack bars made almost exclusively of dried fruit and nuts.  There are some flavors like Larabar Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bar that incorporate chocolate chips, which Mama likes! But William's favorites are the banana bread and blueberry muffin flavors, each with just a handful of all-natural ingredients.  A great healthy but nutrient-rich snack on the go!
William on Easter, snack in

And I don't know what we'd do without our  Munchkin Snack Catchers filled with an on-the-go snack like Barbara's Bakery Puffins Original! We always seem to be on the go......

 Additional favorite snacks: dried mango, dried cranberries, puffed grain cereals, whole apples (nature's convenience food!).

 Do you and your child  have any favorite convenience foods to share? Please leave a comment!

1 comment:

  1. Stretch Island Fruit Company all-natural fruit strips are convenient. Also we take Annie's Bunny Grahams and cheese crackers and cheese sticks a lot. I don't like the mozzerella kind cause when Garrett chews big bites they get globby and he has gagged on them a few times. I like colby jack varieties. There are a few products at Costco that I sometimes get that are really awesome too. I can't remember the brands but there are these fruit crisps packaged in individual servings of pear, apple and a strawberry/banana combo. Hummus cups packaged in small containers, these can be frozen and packed in your lunch box in the morning and by lunch they are usually thawed out. Great with crackers or carrots sticks. I've tried packing baby carrots too, but I'm the one who ends up eating these cause Garrett just chews them and spits them out. Also there are some veggies chips that sound a lot like the ones you described. I've seen them in large packs and in the individual packs instead of a chip shape they are in a straw shape, which are kind of fun and good for dipping! Spinach, potatoes and tomatoes are the veggies they are made of. Not sure if these really are that nutritious but for a toddler who barely eats any veggies, something is better than nothing.