Toddler’s can be pickier than any food critic. And while they might not phrase their dislike of certain foods as, uh, eloquently (the words “yuck” and “no!” come to mind), they can scare you into thinking they’ll never eat anything at your establishment again! If you’re about to close up shop, try these 5 healthy AND tasty toddler lunches. You’ll be back in business in no time!
All recipes by Stacy Whitman and Kim Galeaz, R.D., C.D.
Creamy White Bean Dip With Toasted Triangles
Preheat oven to 400°F. Cut five 6-inch wholewheat pita rounds into 8 wedges each. Arrange on large baking sheet and spray with olive oil cooking spray. Sprinkle lightly with kosher salt. Bake for 8 minutes or until golden brown. Meanwhile, drain and rinse one 15-ounce can each great northern beans and cannellini beans. Pulse in food processor with 1⁄3 cup chopped green onion, 2 finely chopped garlic cloves, 4 tablespoons lemon juice, 2 tablespoons tahini (sesame paste), 1⁄4 teaspoon ground cumin, 1⁄8 teaspoon pepper and salt to taste until nearly smooth. Makes 2-1⁄2 cups dip and 40 pita triangles.
Per Toddler Serving: (2 tablespoons dip and 2 triangles) 91 calories, 5 g protein, 15 g carbohydrate, 1 g fat (0 g unsaturated), 20 IU vitamin A, 39 mg calcium, 1 mg iron, 154 mg sodium, 1 g fiber
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