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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 July 2, 2020

                                Simple Hacks on How to Relieve Neck Pain Fast (and Naturally)

                                Simple Hacks on How to Relieve Neck Pain Fast (and Naturally)

                                There is very little in life as annoying or distracting as neck pain. Most people find that neck pain is temporary. What can you do if your neck pain seems chronic or if it comes and goes with no obvious source?

                                Whether you have simply slept on your neck wrong or you are working late, hunched over a keyboard half the night, neck pain is, well, a pain in the neck!

                                What most people are unaware of is that there are little known hacks that can help you find relief from neck pain fast and naturally. This means no pills or expensive exercise equipment to buy.

                                How can you get relief from neck pain?

                                There are several easy steps to follow to find the perfect hack for solving your neck pain fast and easy.

                                How Did I End Up With This Pain in the Neck?

                                Neck pain often has an I-was-looking-right-at-it source that we don’t recognize at first glance. Once you identify the source of the pain, you can take the best corrective measure, or several measures if need be!

                                Ask yourself these questions to find a possible source:

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                                • Do you spend much of the day sitting (desk job, typing, etc.)?
                                • How old are your mattress and pillow?
                                • How much exercise do you work into an average day?
                                • How do you manage stress?
                                • Have you been injured or in an accident (no matter how small) lately?

                                Perhaps one last question to ask yourself might be, “Is my pain a regular occurrence, or is my neck pain something that has just cropped up?

                                Once you know the answers to these questions, you can start searching for answers.

                                Remedies for Neck Pain

                                Once you know the source, try tapping into one (or several) of these solutions to start healing your neck pain now.

                                1. Everyday Activities

                                One of the important factors with neck pain will be your everyday activities. Other than an injury or accident, one of the largest factors for neck pain includes working overtime in an office and the stress that work entails[1].

                                Due to the coronavirus, many people find themselves working from home, in kitchens, basements, using a barstool, and/or other equipment that was not designed for humans to spend hours on end, typing and looking at a computer screen.

                                If you find that your neck pain has occurred during the past few months due to a job change, or if you suddenly began working from home, your issue may be due to ergonomics. Invest in an adjustable office chair to help make your workspace more neck-friendly.

                                2. Age of Mattress and Pillow

                                The age of your mattress and pillow should also be considered. Pillows, on average, should be changed every 3 years, and a mattress every 7-10 years. No matter how good or comfortable you think these items are, the truth is that they are hurting your neck and back with a lack of support.

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                                A good mattress is well worth the investment, and pillows are always on sale, as well as wallet-friendly. If you haven’t tried them, a water-filled pillow can be comfortable for many people.

                                3. Exercise/Movement/Stretching

                                It’s that old exercise question that no one wants to hear. This time around, it has been difficult for many people to get in good exercise since they have been housebound due to the quarantine. There are plenty of ways to get in some good, old-fashioned exercise.

                                Stretching exercises are even more important than before since many people do not get enough movement while sitting at home. There are hundreds of at-home exercise, dance, and yoga videos that require little to no equipment, so even if you’re a beginner, give it a go.

                                4. Stress and Stress Management

                                Stress is a hidden danger that robs more people of health than even most doctors realize. While everyone has stress, not everyone recognizes it, nor do they have a means of managing it. Exercise is one of the best ways to release stress, with meditation and yoga being the best ways to manage and relieve stress. All of these will remove tightness in the muscles and relieve neck pain.

                                5. Accident or Injury

                                If you have been involved in an accident or injured yourself lately (falling down, or having something fall on you, for example) and your neck pain began after this incident, you should speak with your doctor about this as soon as possible.

                                6. On-Going Problem or Sudden Occurrence

                                Finally, if your neck pain is something that has occurred recently, it could simply be that you slept on it wrong or turned your neck too hard. That will make this a very temporary condition. You can try some easy stretches for pain relief .

                                An on-going problem, however, might respond better to some other alternative methods, including:

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                                • Slowly moving and stretching your neck. Do not move too quickly or too far. Roll your head from side to side, shoulder to shoulder, to the front and to the back.
                                • Ice packs work well for some people, while heat works best for others.
                                • Be aware of how you use your cell phone or tablet. If you keep your neck bent downward for too long to look at it, you can develop an annoying pain called text-neck or tech-neck. Take breaks and look up to stretch those neck muscles.
                                • Long hours driving can also be hard on the neck. Look from side to side as far as you can, as well as up and down to prevent a stiff neck.

                                 

                                Still Have Tight Neck Muscles? 3 Tips for Finding Relief

                                When tight neck muscles are not responding to the typical heat, ice, or massage treatments, you might want to give the following a try:

                                1. Gua Sha

                                This is an ancient Chinese practice that might seem a bit odd, but it works for many people. In this practice, a trained individual uses a spoon or other object and makes short strokes down the neck. It is believed that poor blood circulation causes it to become stagnant, if you will, and blocks the positive energy needed for life, called qi.

                                Fresh blood will indeed allow oxygen and nutrients to feed the tissues in a given area, and one study found that gua sha worked where traditional methods, such as heat therapy, did not[2].

                                2. Swimming

                                You probably know that swimming is a terrific low-impact exercise that works wonders for those with back and knee pain, but did you know that it also works well for neck pain and tight muscles? It helps if the water is tepid and not cold, but even just floating on your back can offer tremendous relief since most of the body weight is suspended by the buoyancy of water.

                                3. Chiropractic Massage

                                Not your typical day spa massage, chiropractic massage is performed under the guidance of a chiropractor. A trained massage therapist will still do the massage, but this time, the chiropractor will have discussed your neck pain and any problems you might be having with them. Many people have found real relief from neck pain through chiropractic massage.

                                The Best Treatment for Neck Pain

                                When you need to find relief from neck pain and nothing you have tried previously seems to give you more than a few minutes of relief, spending some time with a chiropractor often times can fix this issue, and it doesn’t often return if you follow a healthy lifestyle.

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                                I’m certain that many of you are thinking about those awful videos with those loud cracking noises you’ve seen on social media, or you are recalling a news story which might have suggested that allowing a chiropractor anywhere near your neck might be a health hazard[3]. Nothing could be further from the truth.

                                You should try the other suggestions in this article before you head off to the chiropractor, but when all else fails, don’t let neck pain nag you day in and day out. Take steps to make an appointment, and you will be surprised at the results.

                                What Can a Chiropractor Do for Neck Pain?

                                Many people mistakenly believe that the only technique a chiropractor will use is a neck adjustment. Chiropractors are trained in a variety of methods that are designed to help you find the pain relief you are seeking.

                                A few of the methods a chiropractor might use include:

                                • Cervical Manual Traction
                                • Flexion-Distraction
                                • Cervical Mobilization
                                • Ultrasound
                                • Cervical Drop Technique
                                • Trigger Point Therapy

                                There are many more options, but your chiropractor should explain to you which techniques s/he intends to use and why[4]

                                The Bottom Line

                                If neck pain wreaks havoc in your life regularly, the best way to stop it is to identify the source and attack it from that angle.

                                Getting plenty of exercises, having a proper posture, and buying an office chair that provides plenty of support, as well as a regular stretching program, will keep your neck strong and flexible for many years to come.

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                                Featured photo credit: Christopher Campbell via unsplash.com

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