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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 January 15, 2019

                                8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                                8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                                In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

                                Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

                                Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

                                Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

                                Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

                                The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

                                There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

                                How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

                                According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

                                Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

                                Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

                                The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

                                Listen carefully:

                                We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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                                The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

                                Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

                                8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

                                There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

                                Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

                                1. Pray Daily

                                You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

                                When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

                                Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

                                Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

                                2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

                                A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

                                By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

                                Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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                                If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

                                This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

                                How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

                                3. Smile Often

                                Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

                                Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

                                Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

                                The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

                                4. Organize Your Working Desk

                                A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

                                When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

                                Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

                                Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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                                5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

                                I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

                                Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

                                What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

                                6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

                                God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

                                I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

                                I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

                                7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

                                You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

                                How do you do that? This is my formula:

                                First, go to my website (find my website here in my profile) and take the smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

                                If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

                                If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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                                If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

                                Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

                                8. Go Exercise

                                Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

                                The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

                                You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

                                12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

                                The Bottom Line

                                It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

                                It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

                                Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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                                Featured photo credit: Lesly Juarez via unsplash.com

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