Healthy Food for Toddlers Ideas


This toddler food list includes fresh fruit and vegetables, whole grains, healthy dairy, lean protein, and more to ensure that you have easy ideas to feed your toddler well.These are whole foods that are easy to self-feed, because we know that toddlers love their independence! And these foods for toddlers have a range of the nutrients that our kids need to grow up strong and healthy.

Healthy Food Ideas

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  • ACORN SQUASH

Roasted and served in cubes or roasted and mashed.

  • ALMOND BUTTER

Thinned or spread on toast or fruit or stirred into oatmeal or yogurt.

  • APPLES

Fresh, very thinly sliced or shredded; diced and roasted or Aauteed, or in Applesauce or Applesauce Muffins.

  • APRICOTS

Fresh, diced or dried and diced. Try them softened in oatmeal.

  • AVOCADO

Cubed or sliced or mashed and served on a spoon. Or, you can add 1-2 tablespoons to a smoothie.

  • BABY PUFFs

These are a staple of many baby and toddler diets. Use them as a way to introduce a new texture and flavors.

  • BABY RICE CRACKERS

Try with a little mashed avocado or a thin smear of nut butter.

  • BANANA

Fresh or mashed and stirred into pancake batter or yogurt. Or added to a smoothie, whether fresh or frozen.

  • BARLEY

Served in a soup or as a whole grain side dish. Add some cheese, mashed sweet potato, or avocado to help it hold together.roasted red peppers on foil lined sheet pan

  • BELL PEPPER

Green, orange, red, or yellow, finely diced, sliced and roasted in the oven, or sauteed.

  • BLACK EYE PEAS

Try serving simply tossed with a little olive oil, salt, and pepper, or warmed with rice.

  • BLUEBERRIES

Fresh, halved if needed, or frozen and thawed, or frozen in smoothies or baked goods like Blueberry Banana Muffins.

  • BLACKBERRIES

Fresh, in baked goods, or smoothies.

  • BEEF

Ground or thinly sliced and chopped steak, meatballs, meatloaf. Or in Easy Skillet Stuffed Peppers.fresh beets in golden and red

  • BEETS

Red or golden, steamed or roasted, Or simple Boiled Beets.

  • BLACK BEANS

Stirred with a little mild salsa or topped with cumin and chili powder. Try cooking a big batch in the slow cooker.

  • BROCCOLI

Roasted, steamed, or sauteed. Or in Broccoli Tots or Broccoli Pesto.

  • BULGUR

Prepared as a grain salad or served as a whole grain side.

  • BUTTERNUT SQUASH

Roasted in cubes or roasted and pureed. Or try it in Butternut Squash Muffins or Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese.

  • CABBAGE

Sliced and sauteed until soft. (It’s really good with bacon!)

  • CANTALOUPE

Diced or served in wedges. You can also blend it with ice into a fresh icy drink.sauteed carrots cut in rounds on a plate with pink forks

  • CARROTS

Steamed, roasted, or sauteed. Or try them in pancakes or Healthy Carrot Cookies.

  • CASHEW BUTTER

Served on toast, bread, fruit, or stirred into oatmeal or yogurt.

  • CASHEWS

Sliced into small pieces and soaked to soften as needed. Or in Energy Balls.

  • CAULIFLOWER

White, purple, or orange, chopped roasted, steamed, or sauteed. Or try Cauliflower Tots! Or Cauliflower Mac and Cheese!

  • CELERY 

Steamed lightly and sliced, or served softened in soups.

  • CHEERIOS

Or other similar low sugar cereal with whole grains and fewer ingredients.

  • CHEESE

Shredded or cubed. Or crumbles or cheese sticks.

  • CHERRIES

Halved and pitted, or from frozen for smoothies.baked-oatmeal-cups-on-plate

  • CHIA SEEDS

Softened in yogurt, milk, or Baked Oatmeal Cups (above) or muffins.

  • CHICKEN

Shredded, cubed, poached, roasted, baked as Chicken Nuggets or Chicken Tenders, or pan-seared.. Try it softened in these Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos.

  • CHICKPEAS

Soft-Roasted or served with a little salt. Or in Hummus, Tacos or with pasta and marinara sauce.

  • CLEMENTINES

Peeled and sectioned, cut in half if needed.

  • COCONUT

Shredded in baked goods or sprinkled over yogurt. Look for unsweetened coconut to avoid added sugars.

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These are some food items you can give your toddler.

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