Yammy food for kids !
In the previous post I went through the essentials that we take with us on every trip. Now, lets run through some delicious health food for kids ideas.
The age of a child (infant vs toddler vs little adult) will influence your meal choice.
- If you are still breastfeeding it will be simple, just get enough water for yourself since water is essential for your milk production. If you are planning trip during summer make sure to double normal consumption of milk, if you have not enough water your milk will be more like butter and your little want will feel stomach discomfort and potentially will need extra water.
- When your little one is starting solid food it’s a whole different game. You will probable need:
Healthy breakfast for toddler:
– Oats with Oat Brans, Whole Milk, Butter – all warmed up in a microwave under cover, add bananas/ mango (other fruits or berries) to make it sweeter.
– Cottage Cheese with Berries
– Greek yogurt blended with Strawberries and Pineapple
– Scramble Eggs with Thyme and Onion
For a day trip I always have breakfast cooked at home and feed our son in the car. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, it helps to ignite the metabolism in the body, thus try to ensure that it is warm and sufficient for your baby.
Healthy lunch for toddler:
- Zucchini and Cauliflower soup with chicken chunks (based on milk)
- Quinoa Beef Stew (Quinoa boiled for 10-15 minutes; Beef is done in pressure cooker and mixed later with quinoa) + Fresh Veggies Salad with Onion (fact: always add some olive oil to veggies, vitamins -A, D, E, K from vegetables are absorbed by the body with oils and vitamins B & C are water soluble)
- Baked Cod Filet with Sweet Potato ( I always use species & herbs, not to make it spicy, but to give food more flavor like onion, dill, chives, etc.)
- Green Beans, Brussels Sprouts, Carrot and Cale (cooked separately in pressure cooker – reason is that up until kids are 2 years old meat broth is very heavy for their digest system)
- Rice with Chicken and Carrot
- Lentin Soup with Chicken chunks
- Boiled Chicken with Pear
- OR purchase some ready to go food (the easy way out)
I cook lunch to go as well, it depends on how far is our trip. For that we have thermos-lunch box where food can stay warm for 6-8 hours, which is convenient for day trips.
Easy snacks for toddler:
- Pretzels – any dry and brittle crackers will keep them satisfied
- Dried Fruits or Vegetables(without sugar) – Banana Chips, Dried Apricots, Dried Figs, Dried Apples, Dried Carrot, raisins, nuts (Avoid if you have nut allergies)
- Fresh Fruits & Berries- like Bananas, Mandarins, Apple, Pear or Mulberries
- Puffs or Rice Crackers (we do not use it a lot as it’s too messy)
- Ready to Go Fruit Puree (the easy way out)
Healthy dinner for toddler:
- Supper should be easy to digest. I am trying to avoid raw vegetables and prefer to give kasha/crops (millet), that are not heavy but plentiful for your little one. The light food should assist in good night rest without making the baby feel hungry or having stomach ache. Our second choice would be fish with baked vegetables like carrot or rice
- Sippy cup for water or milk. For hot climate like in California there are various types of baby thermo-cups for keeping water/milk hot or cold.
- Make sure your kido is always hydrated!
~Alisa, California Perspective