healthy toddler foods

Zu-Fritters

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So excited to share these delicious zu-fritters with you! Yes, that’s a term I came up with that marries zucchini with fritters and the result is scrumptious. They take time and easiest done with a food processor but worth it once you see your little ones gobbling them up, and not just one. They are soft on the inside with a slight crunch on the outside which are very manageable for new solid-eating babies to chew and swallow.

These are a great way to get your little-ones eating vegetables in its non-veggie form. I will post many variations of these fritters in the months to come but these were such a hit with Alex that I had to share immediately! I also need to mention that Alex isn’t a fan of zucchini’s in general, we’ve tried purees, in soups, and grilled, and he won’t take to any of them. But we certainly found a winner with these zu-fritters and find we don’t have much left over once we all have had at least two over dinner time. I recommend doubling the ingredients if you want to have leftovers for lunch the next day. 😊

 

Zu-Fritters

Prep: 30 min Bake: 30 min Total: 60 min
Serves: 9 zu-fritters

Best for: Toddlers and babies who are comfortable with texture

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 large or 3 medium zucchinis

  • 1 egg

  • ½ cup flour (can substitute almond flour)

  • ½ tsp baking powder

  • 1 large or 2 medium garlic cloves

  • ½ cup of white cheddar cheese

  • 2 tbs of olive oil

  • ½ tsp salt

  • ½ tsp pepper

 

STEPS:

  • Grate unpeeled zucchini in food processor or use a large hole box grater. Place grated zucchini in a strainer with salt for at least 30 minutes to allow excess water to drain. Mix it every so often to ensure you remove as much liquid as possible.

  • Preheat oven to 400⁰ Fahrenheit and line a tray with parchment paper, drizzle olive oil.

  • Transfer grated zucchini and remaining ingredients into a bowl (flour, egg, salt, pepper, baking powder, crushed garlic, cheddar cheese), and mix well. I like to use my hands to ensure the mixture is well combined.

  • Scoop out about half a handful of the mixture, roll into a ball and then flatten it with your hands to make a round patty shape, should make nine zu-fritters.

  • Bake the zu-fritters until golden brown (15 minutes per side).

  • Best served warm out of the oven.

Kid approved yogurt bowl

I recently came across a delicious yogurt brand that I can likely be a spokesperson for since I can’t stop telling everyone I speak to about it. It’s called Tree Island Gourmet Yogurt and I can’t express how tasty it is and how great it feels to feed Alex high quality, grass-fed yogurt. After reading their valued principles and story, as well as trying their high-quality product, I’ve replaced my yogurt brand to theirs!

Alex gets some sort of yogurt snack or what I like to call a dairy bowl daily. I know that it is high in protein and rich in calcium which is important for his growing bones. The one thing to watch for is the sugar content in the flavored varieties. I like to buy plain whole milk yogurt and add in fresh fruit to sweeten it to his liking. I also enjoy that it is quick to put together for breakfast or between meals so it’s great for those rushed mornings or on-the-go snacks.

The following is a delicious yogurt bowl that really can be mixed with any fruits of your choosing but I and Alex both love this combination. It is also great to use locally grown, in-season fruits so we use a variety throughout the year - we have delicious nectarines and peaches in season right now, so it’s the star of the show.

PEACH YOGURT BOWL

Prep: 5 Bake: 0 Total: 5
Serves: 2 bowls

Best for: 6 months+

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup of natural plain 100% whole milk, grass-fed yogurt

  • 1/2 nectarine/peach

  • 1/2 banana

  • 2 teaspoons hemp seeds

  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds

STEPS:

  • Peel and cut ripe peach/nectarine and banana into small digestible bites

  • Mix all ingredients and enjoy!

TIPS:

  • Blend ingredients for smoother consistency for babies who are just starting solids.

  • You can use other in-season fruits and mix -ins.

  • Turn this into a smoothie by adding 1/2 cup milk of your choice.

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