Frugal Foods for Toddlers

by Kelly · 2 comments

in Recipes & Ideas

My daughter is now 15 months old and entering into that very independent stage where she wants to do it all herself, her way, with no help whatsoever. This involves food as well!

She wants to feed herself with her own bowl and her own spoon, which is great… but messy. Another issue with toddlers is that when they’re hungry, they’re hungry. They haven’t quite learned how to wait for a full meal to be cooked- they want to eat now.

Ready made baby or toddler meals are very expensive, but it’s often hard for my daughter to wait while I cook for her. Instead, I keep filling and frugal food on hand and ready to go, which helps her wait for dinner.

The key is preparing everything in advance, so that it can be quickly heated if necessary and served in a flash. I also try to avoid things that are too messy, so she can feel good about feeding herself and I don’t have to give her a second bath!

Here are some of the frugal finger foods I give my toddler.

  • Chopped ham or chicken breast
  • Chunks of tuna
  • Cheese, cubed in advance
  • Sauteed zucchini
  • Cooked cubed carrots or potatoes
  • Diced beets
  • Hard-boiled eggs
  • Green beans
  • Garbanzo or kidney beans
  • hot dogs or sausage

What do you feed your toddler?


1 Amy March 18, 2009

My daughter is 1 year old but already acts like a toddler. She won’t let us feed her with a spoon anymore but right now she will let us put the food on the spoon and then she picks it up and puts it in her mouth. Her favorite spoon foods are homemade applesauce, and different lentil and rice variations (Mujadara and Indian versions of lentils and rice). Both of these stick to her spoon even when she turns it upside down so they aren’t too messy. She also like spinach pies which is good because she won’t eat any other green vegetables yet.

2 LYDIA July 2, 2009

is it normal for a 14 monthold to chew textuerd foods and then not swallow it?

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