Easy meals for toddlers

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Easy meals for toddlers
Toddlers need adequate nutrition.

It's important for toddlers to get the proper nutrition. Quick and easy meals may seem impossible at first, but with a little forethought you can prepare healthy, tasty meals for your toddler. Several meal options exist that are packed with vitamins and minerals. Follow the food pyramid as best you can to ensure your toddler gets all she needs.

Breakfast

Breakfast is said to be the most important meal of the day. If that's true, than preparing a wholesome breakfast will benefit your toddler greatly. Whole-grain toast with peanut butter and banana is a tasty treat. Pair that with a glass of milk or juice for a quick, wholesome breakfast.

An egg omelette is fairly quick. Dice up some tomatoes, spinach and onion the night before for a faster prep time in the morning. Add some skimmed milk and cheese to the egg batter and cook the omelette in a skillet until the egg is cooked. Add a piece of whole-wheat toast on the side and a glass of juice for a complete meal.

Whole-grain frozen pancakes or waffles can make a quick, easy breakfast. Top that with light syrup and a handful of berries, and don't forget a glass of milk to wash it all down.

Lunch

Lunchtime meal choices sometimes needs to be easy and fast. Grilled cheese sandwiches using whole-grain bread and sliced cheese are an easy treat. Add some ham, tomatoes, onions or other veggies to add extra nutritional value. Serve with sweet potato sticks or baked chips and a glass of milk.

Pitas are fast to whip up, and you can add just about any filling you want. Choose a whole-grain pita bread pocket and stuff it with turkey, ham, cheese and veggies. Heat the pita pocket up in a microwave or toaster oven. Or add a twist to a peanut butter and jelly sandwich by making it with a pita. Add some fruit or a yoghurt cup with milk or juice to round out the meal.

Dinner

By dinnertime, your toddler already has got 85 per cent of his daily nutrition. He won't eat much dinner, and that's all right. You can still offer smaller portions of healthy foods.

Wholesometoddlerfood.com suggests a recipe called chicken sticks. Take thinly sliced chicken strips and dip them yoghurt, then roll them in crushed cornflakes or oat cereal. Bake in the oven at 204 degrees Cor 20 minutes or until done.

Another easy dinner meal is chilli potatos. Split open a baked potato and fill the cavity with chilli, then top with shredded cheese. This is a messy, though tempting, meal that your toddler will love to dig into.

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