9 Healthy Vegetarian Toddler Meals
Planning meals and snacks out for your toddler can be a bit frustrating. After all, with six meals each day to think of, you may be wondering what the hell to feed them? I’ve written before about what my daughter eats in a day (check it out here). And it’s no secret that I’m a bit of a food snob (gasp!). But sometimes it can get a bit tricky to come up with what meals to feed your toddler each and every day, day in and day out, so here are our favorite vegetarian toddler meals!
Homemade nd healthy vegetarian toddler meals can be the bane of many moms existence. Kids can eat a lot and coming up with meals or making sure they’re healthy and quick each day can be tricky.
I can understand why so many moms resort to cheerios, goldfish or crackers for their kids. All of those things are very fast and easy (and thechnically vegetarian!)
I can’t say I’ve bought goldfish in the last ten years and cheerios aren’t our thing. So instead, I make sure to have a handful of snacks made in the freezer at all times and the rest of the our healthy vegetarian toddler meals just takes some planning.
I’m a huge fan of grab and go snacks because, well, momin’ takes time, but when we have time or are stuck in the house all day I don’t mind cooking something quick.
These are nine meals that my toddler rotates through. I am a firm believer that her meals or snacks need to be healthy and nutrient based. So basically, focus on quality first. I always make sure our freezer is a stocked as possible to make this easier.
Having a few things on hand makes throwing together healthy meals super easy. That said, like any other toddler, sometimes her “meals” are a very random mix of thrown together foods!
The reason we opted for healthy vegetarian toddler meals is simple: most kids don’t really want to eat chunks of meat. While I am pro-protein there are lots of other snacks to consume!
I always always have some sort of muffin in the freezer.
I also like having muffins to rely on because they’re an easy way to sneak veggies into a toddlers diet. Check out more tips on hiding veggies in this blog post.
Greek Yogurt & Almond Butter With Berries
The yogurt gives baby bear a nice protein and calcium hit and the almond butter provides her some necessary fats. Berries, well berries are just her favorite
Baby bear has a green smoothie with me about six days per week. She adores them and I can sneak so many nutrients into them that I love that she loves them!
Smoothies (green or not) are one of my all time favorite snacks. They’re quick, easy, portable and when made correctly so utterly healthy. While she does love green smoothies, one of her favorites is this Strawberry Fig smoothie.
These are just easy to throw together and make a super quick lunch and a perfect addition to our healthy vegetarian toddler meals. I almost always have rice or soba noodles cooked in the fridge so I give her those with some chopped tomatoes, peppers or mushrooms. Add a bit of tomato sauce or tangy lemon dressing and she’s golden.
One thing to note is that she goes through phases where the bowl can be mixed together or everything has to be “on the side”. I personally don’t care how she eats it so I roll with these changes and make it to her liking 😛
Fruit & Avocado
Baby bear would eat fruit all day if I let her. Any fruit. Pairing it with avocado at least allows a slower sugar release and a boost of healthy fats.
You may have heard this about me, but we pretty much LIVE off energy balls here. Baby bear asks for one about four times a day (sigh).
I actually love energy balls because they’re an easy, no bake, snack that freezes perfectly. I’ve learned to jam a lot of nutrients into these little balls and she loves them. These Cherry Vanilla Balls are a tasty one when she doesn’t request chocolate energy balls 😛
Same goes as above. I normally have some quinoa or beans in the fridge. Combining those with whatever veggies I can shop up and adding a balsamic & mustard dressing makes a tasty bowl and she will gobble it up! Seriously, it’s one of our favorite healthy vegetarian toddler meals.. points if you have feta. Baby bear adores feta. I less adore the amount of mess quinoa makes but it is what it is 😛
Omelet & Eggs
Another meal my toddler could devour- she loves eggs! Her favorite is a mushroom omelet but she will eat eggs regardless of how you cook them.
We cook eggs for breakfast pretty often but I also keep some mini breakfast bombs in the freezer for faster, healthy snacks.
Pancakes are easily one of our favorite meals (these high protein yogurt pancakes are a favorite of hers!). Since regular, boxed pancakes are definitely not on my healthy list 😉 I make a lot of pancakes… a lot.
Normally I make our pancakes fresh but I do keep a stash of my every day pancake in the freezer. This makes rushed morning that much easier because I can toss it in the toaster oven to heat while she gets dressed!
And there you have it! The top healthy vegetarian toddler meals! These are al staples that baby bear rotates through. Obviously I kept most major dinners off this list as most parents can get through dinner. I always find the snacks the trickiest to plan out. Our dinners are similar to everyone else’s: stir fry, curry, noodle bowls, quinoa bowls, stew, chili etc.
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Coming up with multiple meals or snacks for toddlers and kids each day can be draining. Half the battle is in being prepared and having healthy options on hand at all times. These snacks are some of my toddlers favorites and I’m thankful she has great habits. Hopefully this list gives you mamas a few more ideas on what to feed the kids and helps you stay a bit more sane!