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5 Low Sugar Recipes Toddlers Will Love

 low sugar toddler recipes

The quality of a toddler or child’s diet today can be horrifying, with processed and high sugar foods extremely prevalent. With a genuine interest and concern with today’s child obesity problem, my girls are providing me with hands on experience… And challenges.

We are faced with time restraints and convenience of prepackaged and junk foods that are branded to be healthy until closer inspection, all to the detriment of our kids.  Things have changed since I was a child.  My mother prepared no ‘quick’ meals, with the help of microwaves, nor did she pop out for take away.  It was a daily process of being planned and providing the best that you could afford. Fitting toddlers meals into ones the whole family can enjoy is the key to making life simpler. Meals low in trans fats and low in sugar should form the basis of recipes.

Making the time to prepare food for toddlers and a shopping list of healthy staples for the kitchen is all part of being a parent. Leave the ‘treats’ for parties and grandma’s house and remind your children to be respectful of their bodies by eating healthy foods.

When preparing toddler food, including ingredients that are close to their natural form as possible is a good rule of thumb. Some prefer to prepare separate meals for their children but I always felt this wasn’t a sustainable habit I wanted to form.  Finding recipes that the whole family can eat is the secret to long term success, including meals that easily adapt to being toddler friendly or finger foods.  

It is within the child’s first couple of years that determine if they are going to be ‘fussy eaters’.  This should be seen as a window of opportunity for you to expose your child to every possible different type of fruit and vegetable and have them accustomed to them.  Once total independence comes along, experiencing new foods is hard to achieve.  Even more so when they have been exposed to what is out there in ‘fat and sugar land’.

Babies are born with a natural tendency to favour sweet flavours – this assists in the acceptance of breast milk. For this reason it makes sense to focus on expanding the savoury palate while reducing the reliance on added sweetness at each meal.

*This post was bought to you by Heinz, although all views and opinions are my own.

5 Low Sugar Recipes Toddlers Will Love

 Tasty little morsels that are perfect for little hands to hold
 
quinoa and ham muffins
The whole family will love waking up to this for breakfast
 
overnight oats
 
Sweetness in the form of whole fruit without refined sugars
 
low sugar apple muffins
 
A great all in one snack or quick meal
 
tuna balls
A classic side dish or vegetarian option the whole family can enjoy
 
couscous bake
 
 
Can often be added as an add on to homemade toddler recipes or snacks so it’s flexible in its role in the household, alternatively it can be served as a complete nutritious meal. All ingredients used are high quality and Heinz aims to source, where possible, their ingredients from right here in Australia. You can rest assure it’s only the ‘good stuff’ that goes into Heinz, steam cooked recipes and taste and texture is provided at each specific age stage.

low sugar toddler recipes

It is not a hard script to follow, keep it simple and close to nature as you can.  Make eating fruit and vegetables fun for your kids. Grow a vegetable patch in your backyard, and let them assist you with the preparing and cooking of meals.  Let them take ownership and be proud of what they have created, and then the ‘fruits of your labor’ will follow.

Do you remember what you used to eat when you were young?  Do you think it shaped your eating patterns for later in life?

 

IMAGINE WHAT IT FEELS LIKE TO HAVE CONFIDENCE IN THE KITCHEN

TO LOVINGLY PREPARE NUTRITIOUS MEALS FOR YOUR FAMILY?

+ Learn how to easily adopt healthy meal planning into your lifestyle

+ Know how to shop with healthy meal planners, shopping lists and a plan!

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  • Maxabella

    I’m with you on being shocked at the foods parents feed their kids. Soft drinks, chips and pastries just about every day. I’m proud of my children’s varied, healthy diet. They have treats too, but good quality ones like ice cream or homemade cakes or muesli bars. At parties, I let them go – it’s only fair!! x

  • Cherie @ ‘a baby called Max’

    You are speaking to my heart!

    Honestly.

    I worry so much about all of this.

    And I Love my MIL dearly, but she has NO idea about nutrition, & I feel like every time I turn my back she’s trying to pump refined sugars into my 11 month old.

    And again, I love her DEARLY, but she comes from the ‘food is love’ mentality. And I just know I’m going to have some battles ahead of me.

    Also, I feel scared of the ‘healthy branding’ thing. Im not educated enough in regards to this, & honestly don’t know what I am supposed to look for?!

    Could you maybe do some posts on what you know? Or recommend good books to read?

    My son doesn’t like fruit if I leave it whole, but if I mash/puree it, he eats it.

    I hope he’ll learn to take it whole soon, before that ‘fussy eating’ era begins 🙂

    Cherie xox

  • Karla {Ironmum Karla}

    Thanks Maxabella, sounds like your on to it.
    Cherie, will do, I also have a friend in London that has written a book on the topic and deals with these issues daily that I will get to do a guest post. Such an important topic!

  • Cherie @ ‘a baby called Max’

    Would LOVE that!!!

    It’s something I need to get better educated about, because I don’t know the in’s & out’s of nutritional information, & do feel like I get taken for a ride by marketing companies & their hocking of ‘it’s so healthy’ kind of stuff.

  • A-M

    Having been a Dietitian in a previous life I so hear you! My childhood lunches were always so healthy and I model my boy’s lunches on those I had as a child. Despite being a single, working Mum, my Mum made the best lunches. My boys love their lunch boxes and never have tuckshop even though it is offered to them, especially on days when I am pushed for time. Nope, lunch box please. Their favourite’s are Mission wraps with ham and salad, fruit salad with 50 million varieties of fruit (labour of love), vege muffins and yoghurt. My little one has those gorgeous little Perino cherry tomatoes in his lunch box every day too with a plain milk popper. Train them young. My boys are appalled at what their peers take to school. One boy just brings 4 packets of chips to school with a soft drink. And he is the size of a house…. come to think of it, there aren’t too many lads in year 8 who aren’t overweight… and my year 3 son has a few friends stacking on the weight too. He comes home with stories about friends who don’t drink water.. only softdrink. It’s disgraceful. Don’t get me started. I’m gobsmacked at the childhood obesity you see everywhere these days. A-M xx

  • Karla {Ironmum Karla}

    Yep, the girls going to school is sure to be an eye opener but if I can teach them what is healthy and the reasons why we eat it over other choices then it’s the best I can do. It definitely starts with the parents though and being educated to know the difference. X

  • Teresa

    Planting a veggie patch was one of the best things we could have done for our daughter’s nutrition – she is only 2.5 but will pick a bunch of parsley for a snack when she is playing in the garden. She is a fussy eater but associates the veggie patch as something fun and I think that helps.

  • Kathryn @ TikiBoo

    We had a make-it-from-scratch mother who gave us a very healthy, varied diet and I grew up eating all kinds of weird and wonderful things.
    Husband grew up on white bread, cocopops and cordial. The saving grace that has stopped us having to argue over what our daughter should or shouldn’t regularly eat is her extreme hyperactive reaction to “numbers”. Not that my MIL cares and claims that I’m mean (or did until I put her in her place!). We’ve let her have one sleepover with the ILs, and they fed her cocopops and apple juice, then mcdonalds for lunch.
    Also, I detest Easter, it’s so damn hard to manage, it coincides with an inlaw family birthday and no matter how much I request not to give us any chocolate, they ALWAYS do. I still have 2 huge chocolate bunnies in the fridge. I’m boycotting from now on. I want to give her ONE egg, she would be happy with that, not the bag full they give her.
    Hehe…what a rant!

  • Anonymous

    Great post! It horrifies me that cheese sticks are still allowed to be sold considering the amount of salt in them. My eldest had extremely few processed foods and sugar in his first few years and he now makes great food choices, unfortunately no 2 was exposed to more ‘junk’ and has to be guided with her choices quite a bit….love your blog!

  • Karla {Ironmum Karla}

    Ha ha, I am the same when it comes to Easter and prefer to actually give a toy or something…bit silly really anyways for the little kids, their systems are not used to mass choc overload…sometimes with dire consequences.x

  • Posie Patchwork

    Good for you & forget those statistics, focus on your own children & let them understand what exactly a ‘treat’ means & that they are not often, but at parties & fun. That way they make their own good choices & decisions. My first born is in high school now & still struggles to open a packet of anything, as she never got packets of anything in her school lunches!! Should mention my high schooler is a state level athlete, highly coorindated but not in the opening-of-junk-food-stakes!! Not only is it healthier to make it all from scratch yourself, it’s cheaper, fresher & when you have a large family, all that counts. Love Posie