I’m the proud mom of a 2 year old son that will eat anything. I count myself one of the lucky few that have a child that will eat Brussels sprouts with the same excitement as tackling a bunch of sliced apples. Yet, I still struggle to come up with original meal ideas to prevent him from getting bored with fruits and veggies simply because he’s tired of it.
Good Meals Are Hard to Find
Now I don’t know about you, but successfully finding easy to make toddler recipes on Google is like trying to find a needle in a haystack. Sure there are some one-off posts that are extremely helpful and offer a recipe or two, but nothing that I can build a meal plan around. In fact, I spend a lot of time wondering what the calorie count is for some of the meals because it seems entirely too fatty to feed my son. Some good ones that I find offer recipes geared toward the four and older crowd – which is fine – yet leaves me without any viable options.
Asking the Masses
Knowing I wasn’t the only one struggling with this problem, I decided to ask some moms from my son’s playgroup how they were managing lunches and dinners. Surprising enough – a lot of moms that I’ve talk to feel the same way! So what do they do? The answer was simple – ask Facebook. It’s true our generation is more inclined to turn to social media and Dr. Google to self-diagnose, but should we really use good old Facebook to figure out what to feed our kids?
“Sure, why not?” said one mom. After all she received advice from one mommy group that she swears helped her conceive her son. She figured why not trust the Facebook mommy board with ideas on what to feed her son. I can see why she’d be inclined to trust the mommy groups that she thinks helped her conceive – although that’s really the luck of the draw (excuse the pun). But honestly I’d be more worried about having to sort through all the information and worrying whether the advice was any good or not. After all, if I knew it all – I wouldn’t be asking other moms on Facebook.
Online Resources You Can Trust
Not convinced Facebook was the answer – I continued to scour the internet and came across some websites that actually provide age-specific advice and recipes complete with detailed information about what is good and bad for our kids and more importantly tells us why. I will also be posting my own little food creations on AJ to ensure that I’m sharing the best ideas I can find, so that you don’t have to spend countless hours doing it.
Here are some of my fave websites for toddler meal ideas:
Happy cooking, Mamas! And feel free to share any websites or recipes you’ve come across that your little one loves!
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