After the initial anxieties over weaning and gradual introduction of new flavours and textures over months and months, my girls at 2.5yrs old, are now at the point where they eat pretty much what we do. I’m still pretty strict about sugar and salt and keep these types of treats to a minimum but now almost everything is an option.
This got me thinking about all the foods my girls have now tried and so I’ve complied a list of 100 foods for toddlers to try before they turn three. A quick disclaimer, I’m no nutritionist and clearly you will know best what your child can or can’t eat. In our house, we offer lots of fruit and vegetables and I believe, because of this, they have a really balanced diet with all food groups eaten in moderation.
Below you’ll find a whole range of foods including some that could cause a choking hazard to babies and younger toddlers. Once your child is a competent chewer, these could be introduced but parents must ensure that distractions are avoided and children know they need to chew carefully.
Fruit and Veg
Apples, oranges, bananas, melon, pear, apricot, plums, peaches, nectarines, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, watermelon, pineapple, grapes, avocado, mango, papaya, pomegranate, broccoli, cauliflower, corn on the cob, baby sweet corn, pepper, tomatoes, cucumber, peas, carrots, mushrooms, potatoes, swede, aubergine
Meat and Fish
Chicken, turkey, beef, lamb, pork, gammon, cod, salmon, seabass, tuna, mince, sausages, cured meat, bratwurst, bacon
Yoghurt pots, squeezy yoghurt, cheddar, mozzarella, cream cheese, squirty cream, single/double cream, butter, eggs(scrambled, boiled, omelette)
Baked beans, spaghetti, chickpeas, pasta shapes, peanut butter
Fusilli, spaghetti, filled pasta, rice, cous cous, risotto, dried fruit, crumpets, muffins, rice cakes, porridge
Ice cream, chocolate, sponge cake, biscuits, crisps, maltloaf, peanuts, cashews, ice pole, marshmallows, croissants, olives
Milkshake, hot chocolate, herbal tea, fruit smoothies,
Curry, naan, bharji, noodles/chow mein, black bean, satay, spring rolls, refried beans, salsa, pizza, hummus, falafel
I’m sure I’ve missed loads but it was amazing how quickly this list spilled out of me. What foods do your toddlers enjoy?
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