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15 Healthy And Delicious Toddler Recipes Every Parent Needs to Know

15 Healthy And Delicious Toddler Recipes Every Parent Needs to Know

It can be difficult to strike a balance between healthy and tasty snacks for toddlers, particularly when they are prone to fussiness. It can also be easy to fall into the trap of convenience foods, even if they aren’t the best choice.

Check out some of these toddler recipes that will help you to maintain your sanity whilst keeping the kids happy and healthy.

1. Healthy Banana Pancakes

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    What child doesn’t love the word ‘pancakes?’ This delicious recipe contains a mere four ingredients, which makes it super easy and fast. As an added bonus, there isn’t a speck of flour required.

    2. Frozen Yogurt Covered Strawberries

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      The effort required for this recipe is basically zero, which means I’m totally going to make them just for myself. Your little ones will lose it over these tasty treats.

      3. Pesto Pasta

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        Just because they’re toddlers doesn’t mean they can’t have their palates expanded! Plus, they’ll probably love throwing something so green all over themselves. Remember, you can adjust the cheese options and quantities however you like. You can even omit the cheese entirely if you want, but then I’ll be forced to call child protective services. Kidding!

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        4. Salmon Fish Cakes

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          Omega-3 fatty acids are essential to a healthy body, so it’s a good idea to get the children started early on fish which contains high levels of it. If you’re not a fan of salmon, both tuna and mackerel are decent sources of omega-3.

          5. Gluten- and Sugar-Free Sweet Potato Biscuits

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            That was a mouth full.

            This is a great recipe if you’re afraid that gluten is going to break into your house at night and steal your children. Also, it’s a good recipe if your kids are genuinely allergic to gluten. This recipe is really versatile, so you can switch out ingredients when you need to. For example, if you’re like me and had to Google ‘xanthan gum,’ feel free to replace or omit it. Personally, I’m a fan of savoury biscuits (also known as ‘scones’), and don’t feel like much sweetness is necessary.

            6. Turkey Meatballs

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              These lean meatballs can be a tasty snack on their own, or made into a meal with pasta and sauce.

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              7. Onion Bhajis

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                Not only is this recipe simple and able to disguise lots of hidden vegetables, it’s a fantastic gateway food. If you don’t want your children to be restricted to “normal” kid food misconceptions, start them on these. The turmeric, garam masala, and mild curry paste will help condition them to new, delicious flavours. Also, this is completely vegetarian, and no wheat flour is needed! I would also recommend using cold pressed olive oil to make them healthier.

                8. Red, White and Blue Popsicles

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                  A healthy summertime treat that can be easily change to incorporate any fruit you like. I love it when kids don’t know they’re eating healthy.

                  9. Savoury Mince

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                    This recipe offers yet another opportunity to hide lots of vegetables in their food.

                    10. Baked Broccoli Cheese Patties

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                      The kids will love making a mess with this one. As a bonus tip, if anyone in the family suffers from egg allergies, you can use chia as a replacement.

                      11. Pumpkin Toast

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                        Who said toast had to be boring? If you don’t want to buy or make the butter, I recommend roasting off some pumpkin and blending it. If you don’t have a blender or food processor, mashing will also work.

                        12. Green Eggs and Ham Recipe

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                          Dr. Seuss in the house!

                          Bring this classic favourite alive in your child’s breakfast! Although this recipe doesn’t call for the ham, I’d simply tear some up and mix it in for extra flavour and fun. I would also recommend adding more pesto, if you want some extra flavour and greenness.

                          13. Baked Vanilla Custards

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                            Don’t waste money on store bought baby custards. These easy alternatives are not only cheaper, but you can control the sugar content. If you don’t want to add any sugar at all, I suggest honey or maple syrup as healthier alternatives. I’d personally also add some strawberries or blueberries, for added deliciousness and nutrients.

                            14. Shaped Sandwiches

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                              Add some fun to boring old sandwiches by simply cutting them into fun shapes!

                              15. Banana and Berry Smoothie

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                                Smoothies are just like milkshakes, only much healthier. Again, this is a versatile recipe, so feel free to mix it up by adding whatever fruit you like. I drink smoothies every day, so here are a few pro-tips:

                                • Freeze the fruit so the smoothie is extra cold, thick, and delicious.
                                • For extra nutrients, hide a little kale or spinach in there.
                                • For extra protein, add some chia seeds. Also, if you let the seeds soak in the milk for 10-15 minutes before blending, they will help to thicken up the smoothie. This will also help your child feel full and satisfied.

                                Featured photo credit: Small child sits at a table and eats bread via shutterstock.com

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                                Last Updated on May 22, 2019

                                10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

                                10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

                                There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

                                One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

                                In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

                                Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

                                1. Cat Camel Stretch

                                Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

                                Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

                                Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

                                Here’s a video to guide you through:

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                                2. Go for a Walk or a Run

                                This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

                                Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

                                The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

                                Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

                                Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

                                3. Jumping Jacks

                                Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

                                Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

                                4. Abductor Side Lifts

                                Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]

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                                Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

                                5. Balancing Table Pose

                                This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

                                Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.

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                                  6. Leg Squats

                                  Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

                                  Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

                                  The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

                                  7. Push Ups

                                  You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.

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                                  An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

                                  Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

                                  This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

                                  8. Bicycle Crunches

                                  There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

                                  Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

                                  9. Lunges

                                  Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

                                  Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

                                  This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.

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                                  10. Bicep Curls

                                  You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

                                  Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

                                  Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

                                  Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

                                  Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

                                  These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

                                  You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

                                  Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

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