Dealing with the terrible twos

Published on May 12th, 2016 | by Balanced Family

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3 Ways to Get Picky Toddlers to Eat Healthy Foods

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Ah, the terrible twos. A time where your toddler knows just enough words to tell you what they want — and loudly. This is also the age where they run way further than they can throw, and it doesn’t stop them from throwing everything — including their food. Indeed, dealing with terrible twos also means dealing with a picky eater. While no parent wants to feed their child an unhealthy, sugary diet, it can be hard to find palatable healthy foods for picky kids.
Luckily, we’ve got your back. Read on to discover these stealthy ways to put your toddler’s health first while dealing with the terrible twos:

Create a “Nibble Tray”
The truth is, all toddlers are picky eaters. That being said, they often won’t know if they like something until they try it. To find healthy food for picky toddlers, try making them a small plate of bites. Using an ice tray or muffin tin, offer up bite-sized portions of an array of nutritious foods. That way, your child can continue to nibble as the day goes on.

Dip Your Fruits and Veggies
Create fruit trays with cinnamon yogurt dipping sauce in the center. Or create veggie trays, making a dip out of a homemade dressing or guacamole.

Put them in a smoothie.
If all else fails, one of the most surefire ways of dealing with a picky eater toddler is by throwing their daily intake of fruits and veggies into a delicious smoothie. Choose greens like spinach with subtle, and slightly sweet flavors. Mix root vegetables like beets with strawberry banana smoothies. And for mint chocolate chip, you can even blend in an avocado, a frozen banana, some spinach, mint extract, and top with chocolate chips! Your kid will be too busy eating their delicious treat to realize they’re eating a whole day’s worth of nutrients.

What healthy food for picky toddlers do you feed your toddler? Let us know in the comments below!


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