I have decided to add a new page called Plant-Based Toddlers. Most of the time I spend it the kitchen isn’t used making myself food or testing recipes for this blog, it is used preparing food for my ever growing 16 month old. Sometimes I feel like I can’t keep up with how much and often little Ruby needs to eat. Even though she is hard to keep up with, I enjoy every second I spend preparing food for her. I feel pretty lucky that she isn’t a very picky eater. It might be that I am constantly changing what I put on her plate, or it might just be that I lucked out with this one… probably the latter.
My purpose for this new page is not to list recipes for parents to waste time with measurements and exact ingredients, but rather to give parents meal and snack ideas for their children. Most of the things that I feed my daughter are a close replica of what I am eating as well. No one wants to spend extra time making several different meals for each member in the family. That being said, I find it easier for me to make healthful food choices, because I only want to feed her a well-varied and nutritious diet. I am sure that is what the majority of parents want for their kids, so get creative with your meals and good luck!
I made myself some 10 grain hot cereal this morning for me and Ruby. To make hers toddler-friendly and loaded with some extra fat this is what I did:
- 1 big scoop of of 10 grain hot cereal, cooked
- 5-8 pecans, blended to a flour consistency
- spoonful of hemp seeds
- spoonful of coconut cream (I found mine at Trader Joe’s)
- Date Sugar to taste
Mix all the ingredients together and you have got a tasty and nutritious meal for your toddler. Cut some fresh fruit into bite-sized pieces, and your child will be ready to play hard all day!
Remember, you don’t have to have all these ingredients on hand to make something like this. If you don’t have coconut cream, try a little coconut or almond milk. Because my daughter is so small and needs all the fat she can get, I always have canned coconut cream in the pantry. If you find successful substitutes that your kids like, comment below, I would love to hear!