Lindsay Donnelly - 01 / Nov / 2017

Three Adventurous Foods to Try with Your Toddler

Three Adventurous Foods to Try with Your Toddler

On November 8th, you can attend a "Feeding Your Toddler" at Hazel Baby featuring tips and tricks from specialist Alyssa Kane . Lindsay Donnelly chatted with her to learn about the event and a few unique foods to try at home!

Lately, my toddler has become very clear with her words. She's 24 months, and can say whether she wants 'cream cheese toast', or the 'little cheese', or 'butter cheese' (that's what she has named Parmesan Cheese crumbles for some reason unknown) -- we really have no issue with feeding her, so long as we are feeding her cheese! But the second the spinach or broccoli comes out, she's throwing it off her high chair and screaming, "NO BOCKLI, NO NO NO!" So, while I am glad she can speak her mind - it has made feeding her all of the healthy veggies not quite as easy as it once was.

It has me searching for new, healthy foods to try. But she's not always open to trying new things either, and can't seem to get cheese off her mind. I usually have to open the fridge and show her that we are out of stock! Does your toddler turn his nose up at a spoonful of something new? Does he get stuck on one food item and wants to eat that and that alone? Yep, you know what I mean!

Alyssa Kane, MS CCC-SLP, CLC, says toddlerhood is the time to teach adventurous eating habits - so they can take part in trying new foods and flavors throughout their life. Alyssa is a Jersey City parent as well, and speech pathologist who specializes in the treatment of feeding/swallowing difficulties for babies and children. Alyssa will be giving a seminar on this important time for a child's eating habits on November 8th at Hazel Baby & Kids.

In preparation for the seminar, I asked Alyssa to give me three foods she recommends trying with my toddler. Safe, but unique, and simple to prepare at home. (I'm far from a wizard in the kitchen.) I'll be giving these a try and seeing how Lolli responds!
Here are Alyssa's picks:
1. Dr. Praegers Veggie Products - Alyssa couldn't pick just one, she really likes all of the options from this brand. I picked up the "Kale Puffs" that look like tater tots at Hudson Greene Market.
2. Roasted Zucchini Sticks - Alyssa's tip? Start with Zucchini sticks, but you can truly cut up any vegetable into a stick and roast it in the oven. 
3. Turkey or Chicken Meatballs - Alyssa's Tip? Sneak in spinach and mushroom! Play with different seasonings, like cumin. The best part? You can make them in bulk and freeze them.
Join us on November 8th at 6:30pm for Alyssa's seminar to learn more tips and tricks on feeding your toddler. If you have more questions about what to expect, or are ready to RSVP, please e-mail Alyssa at [email protected]. The cost of the seminar is $20 and can be paid via Venmo @alyssakane26.

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