Sorry, I'm going to keep popping in as I think of things!
Annabel karmel has a few great toddler cookbooks.
This link is yummy as well, there are a few healthy muffin recipes http://mylovelylittlelunchbox.com
Google: wholesometoddlerfood as that has good tips and recipes.
And finally, a very American snack but healthy and filling if he's not allergic to nuts, slices of apple with peanut butter spread over them. My son is allergic to peanuts (how he is half American I have no idea😉) but can eat almonds so I spread almond butter on them, so yummy. Sanitarium in OZ has a peanut butter with no added sugar or salt, just peanuts blended up so nice and healthy. You just have to mix the oil through when you open as it rises to the top.
I don't know if he's a picky eater but my 2.5 year old DD is, and getting things like porridge or meat into her is about as likely to happen as pigs flying.
Breakfast sounds like is really lacking protein which keeps us feeling full for longer. Will he eat scrambled eggs or bacon?
OP, I certainly don't think anyone was implying you were a bad mother
Just a few light-hearted "off-the-cuff" remarks. Please don't take offence.
I have the same issue with my 5-year-old. He claims he is hungry seemingly every 15 minutes. Drives me batty. He eats a fair amount, but his weight never changes...he has been 20.3kg for most of the year! So I assume he really is hungry. And I never know what to feed him in-between meals either. He has cereal for brekky, a sandwich and fruit and yoghurt for lunch, and usually meat and vegies for dinner. But "snacks" have me beat...and he vetoes a number of my suggestions, I think usually to see what "good stuff" may be on offer!!
I like the idea of a "platter" of snacks on the bench, which is self-serve. I think I will try it. Fruit, cheese, yoghurt, dry bikkies...what else?
I'm not really up to much cooking at the moment (recovering from radiotherapy for breast cancer), but I can "chop and assemble". Any such ideas would be well received.
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Lots of good suggestions, I agree try some more protein like meatballs, homemade chicken nuggets, nut butter. I find a platter of things to pick at is great you can put vegies/hummus and then add shredded beef or chicken, baked salmon if he'll try it. Does he like cooked tuna sushi?
For dinner he will eat anything, he's not overly fussy at dinner time and enjoys most things that we do.
With spaghetti Bolognese, tuna bake and chicken tonight (honey mustard) being his fave.
Tonight he had basil pesto fettuccine and ate the whole lot and seconds.
So he loves pasta and rice dishes!
If we have meat & veg he will only eat his veg if they're raw.
Smoothies are also great to hide stuff in. I make them for my fella with a dash flaxseed oil, chia powder, banana, sometimes even some peanut butter. Keeps him full for ages.
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