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Toddler Nutrition: 7 Healthy Foods My Toddler Will Actually Eat

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Last week, I asked if you ever feel like a short order cook for your toddler.

Yes, there are times when I give in and prepare yet another peanut butter and jelly sandwich for my toddler, because I don’t feel like dealing with an evening of tantrums.

The post sparked quite a bit of lively discussion, and while it is no secret that my toddler has become a picky eater, there are several healthy food options that I can always count on to hit the spot.

Click below to find out which 7 healthy foods my toddler will actually eat!


  • Bananas 1 of 7
    Bananas
    My toddler has been a fan of bananas from the start, and often has banana slices in his breakfast cereal. Bananas are also a wonderful creamy first food for babies, and I believe the early introduction to this healthy food set the stage for my son's appreciation for the fruit.

    Banana photo from Shutterstock
  • Cottage Cheese 2 of 7
    Cottage Cheese
    I love that my son adores this high protein food! Cottage cheese is actually a real treat for him, and something that I use to bribe him to eat other foods. "Eat a bite of your chicken, and you can have some cottage cheese later!"

    Cottage cheese photo from Shutterstock
  • Sweet Potatoes 3 of 7
    Sweet Potatoes
    Sweet potatoes are considered a "super food", packed with vitamin A, C, calcium, and potassium, sweet potatoes give your toddler a major burst of nutrition. Recently, my toddler has been enjoying sweet potato fries!

    Sweet potato photo from Shutterstock
  • Eggs 4 of 7
    Eggs
    Eggs are also a great source of protein, and one of my toddler's favorite foods. He prefers them scrambled, and we often have egg and cheese breakfast burritos.

    Eggs photo from Shutterstock
  • Apples 5 of 7
    Apples
    My son will choose apples over cookies in many cases, and that makes me a happy Mom! Apples are rich in dietary fiber, vitamin C and beta carotene.

    Apple photo from Shutterstock
  • Green Beans 6 of 7
    Green Beans
    I can remember the horrible faces that my toddler made when we first introduced him to pureed green beans as a baby. Now, though, he loves this vegetable, and will often request green beans for dinner. Packed with vitamins, green beans are great for growing toddlers.

    Green beans photo from Shutterstock
  • Whole Wheat Bread 7 of 7
    Whole Wheat Bread
    Granted, whole wheat bread is the only option he has in our home, but he loves it, and I love the fact that he is eating such a nutritious food. Whole grains are loaded with, zinc, vitamin E, vitamin B6 and magnesium making them a definite Mom-win!

    Wheat bread photo from Shutterstock

Which healthy foods does your child love?

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