In our last post, we talked about one of the first topics in our Life as A Toddler series that we wanted tackle, the issue of toddlers not eating, or the lack of eating the healthy things they should.
My daughter is one of these types of toddlers. She ate well up until she turned one. It bothers us, and we needed to find creative ways to make her enjoy healthy foods, without her knowing, of course.
If you read the Why Isn’t My Toddler Eating post, you can see how we have tried to start to overcome this.
Our first problem was to get her to eat veggies. She loathes them.
We also noticed that she wasn’t eating much in the evening, (which is another issue), but we are overcoming the veggie ordeal first. However, we are actually taking advantage of the fact that she isn’t eating at dinnertime. We are instead, using breakfast as a time to get all the healthy foods in, since that is her favorite meal of the day. Genius, huh… not really, but I like to sometimes imagine us as super parents…
Today we are sharing two awesome recipes that will help hide the veggies for those picky eaters in our life.
We have served these recipes for breakfast, but by all means, serve them at anytime when you see fit.
Zucchini Apple Muffins Recipe
click here to see the original recipe from Parenting.com
Please note: we used these ingredients, but in the organic form.
2 cups of flour ( whole wheat white or regular white)
2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
1/2 cup oil (vegetable or canola)
1 cup of brown sugar
2 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp of nutmeg
1/8 tsp ginger
1/8 tsp of allspice
2 cups of zucchini
1 apple peeled, cored and grated
In a large bowl, mix the:
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2 tsp. baking soda
- 2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp. nutmeg
- 1/8 tsp. ginger
- 1/8 tsp. allspice
- 1/2 tsp. salt
Then stir in:
- 2 cups of zucchini
- 1 apple peeled, cored, and grated
In another bowl, beat:
- 3 eggs
- 2 tsp. vanilla
- 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
- 1/2 cup oil (vegetable or canola)
Stir into flour mixture until batter is just combined. Spoon into well-greased muffin cups, filling to the top. (Note: If you are using muffin liners you may need to spray with cooking spray to prevent the muffins from sticking to the paper.) Bake at 350° for 20 minutes.
These muffins were such a hit not only with my picky eater, but Jamie’s girls (the non-picky eaters) as well! They were over for a playdate the other day, and actually asked for seconds!
The next recipe that we have tried was one that I talked a little bit last week.
Broccoli and Banana Pancakes
1 cup of flour (whole grain white or regular)
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp of baking soda
dash of salt
1 tablespoon sugar
2 tsps cinnamon
1 cup of milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 mashed banana
1 cup of finely chopped broccoli (steam the broccoli first)
In a large bowl mix all the dry ingredients together. The flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, sugar and cinnamon.
In another bowl, mix the milk, egg, and vanilla.
Then combine the two together, and fold in the mashed banana and broccoli.
Place on a girdle ( or stovetop) and cook!
We are curious, what recipes have you used to help your picky eaters get healthier? Email us, or comment below to let us know!
Thanks again friends for reading! See you next week, when Jamie is writing her first blog post! Can’t wait for you to read it!
NICOLE & JAMIE
Author: Nicole Mildren
Nicole Mildren is the author of Champagne To Crayons, first time mom, and celebrates motherhood in the best way she knows how; by remembering she is just not a mom. Owning her own business, and Marketing Director of the Pittsburgh MomCon helps her stay sane in the world of motherhood.