I have a Picky Eater. I started out with a great eater, who turned into an okay eater, and now he’s a chicken nugget, mac and cheese, peanut-butter jelly sandwich exclusive eater. This has made me gain several new gray hairs and wrinkles, stressing every day over whether or not he’s getting the vitamins and nutrients he needs. This Momma has tried everything and then some, and still I worry about his eating habits. Today I’m going to share with you some great brands and products that I have come across that have helped me get a little peace of mind when it comes to my toddler’s appetite. And if you have a Picky Eater like me, I hope you find something that will work for your family too!
Smarty Pants Vitamins: This seems like an obvious solution, and it is, but it’s an important one. If your kiddo is not getting the nutrients he/she needs in what they’re eating and drinking, you need to add a daily vitamin to their routine. It gives me a slight peace of mind knowing that this one small step can ensure that my son is getting some vitamins, even when he’s eating what seems like nothing. I love Smarty Pants brand vitamins because they don’t contain any added sugar or artificial colors or preservatives. They’re also safe of tree nuts, peanuts, and gluten for littles with allergies. I was especially fond of the Kids Complete with added Fiber, because my son gets constipated easily, so this was another way to keep him healthy (and regular). Smarty Pants also makes Adult Vitamins and I was able to sample the Women’s Complete– they’re really good! And so much easier to swallow than the horse pills I had previously been using. Definitely look into this brand if you’re looking for a vitamin to up your child’s daily nutrition!
NurturMe: NurturMe makes certified organic, gluten free, non-GMO, kosher snacks for your babies and toddlers. Their Yum-a-Roo’s were the perfect treat to sneak my toddler broccoli, which he wouldn’t touch with a 10 foot pole if I gave it to him plain. They’re a crunchy snack, mixed in with fruit, so it all tastes a little sweet. Sweet and crunchy are my son’s 2 favorite flavors! It’s made from pure, dried fruits and veggies- and that’s it! So you don’t have to worry about added chemicals or sweeteners. These were a hit with my toddler, and they’re cut up enough to be consumed by smaller tots as well. NuturMe also makes blended meals and cereals for infants and toddlers, so you can get your baby started out on the right foot when they first start eating solids. Check out their other line of Quinoa products as well!
Peeled Snacks: If you’re looking for some healthy snacks that the whole family can enjoy, this is the brand for you! Peeled makes a variety of organic, non-gmo, gluten free snacks that me, my husband, and my toddler can all eat. Their products are made with essential vitamins, minerals and fiber, with wholesome ingredients, so you don’t have to feel bad about snacking. These Peas Please snacks are perfect for in between meals when you NEED a snack, but don’t want ruin your whole day (thanks a lot greasy potato chips!). They come in a variety of delicious flavors, and my toddler likes them so much, he thinks he’s getting a treat! But, he’s actually eating something healthy without even knowing it (and a vegetable at that! WIN!). I’m partial to the plain salted ones, my toddler goes crazy for the white cheddar, and my Husband keeps one of each flavor in his desk at work. Go out and buy a few bags of these, and snack time is taken care of! Go ahead and grab some of their Dried Fruit and Apple Clusters as well- you won’t be disappointed.
Re-Play: I’ve found another simple way to get my toddler to try new foods, is to have a pleasing plate. I love this brand, because they use recycled materials (milk jugs) to make their products. These plates with the separate compartments are perfect for my son, because he does not like his food to touch. He also gets a kick out of using the coordinating utensils. He’s a little OCD, but I’m okay with it. These plates are super durable, cute, and easy to clean. I have purchased lots of these products, and will continue to do so. Sometimes something as simple as a plate will get your child to be a more adventurous eater!
Fruit and Veggie Squeeze Pouches, every store has them and there are TONS of brands to choose from. I have tried most of them, and my toddler has a few favorites. They all run abut $1-$2 a piece, so it’s an affordable way to try and sneak your toddler some healthy meals.
Dehydrated/Dried Fruit: I buy all different kinds, or sometimes a big bag of mixed trail mix. My toddler mostly picks out the raisins to eat, but it has also allowed him to try a few new fruits and nuts. Bonus- I can eat it too!
Let your toddler help in the kitchen: My toddler is now old enough to help stir and chop, he is always more likely to at least try a creation that he had a hand in preparing.
These are some of the tips and tricks I use to get my toddler to eat a little healthier. How do you get your little ones to be better eaters?
*I received some of these products in exchange for an honest review- all opinions are my own.*