Feeding Little People

Written by Denise Sawyer on Monday, May 14, 2012.

My son eats small snacks or meals all day long, it seems.  But, apparently that isn’t uncommon or bad for him.  Toddlers have small tummies and it is perfectly normal for them to eat several times a day.  The trick is to feed them a wide variety of “snacks” so that you hit all the food groups and their recommended daily allowances.

In fact, my son even prefers the word snack.  I know that sounds funny, but if I ask him if he would like “some lunch”, he whines and says “Nooooo!”  But, if I say, “Would you like me to make you a snack?” he excitedly asks, “What kind?”  It doesn’t matter if I feed him exactly what I would have given him for lunch as a “snack,” he will eat it if I call it a “snack.”

So maybe your toddler isn’t as particular as mine, but regardless, I’ve got a few ideas for how to get lots of goodness into those small bodies in small bites.  Here are some things that have worked for me and my little ones:

  1. 1. Pick superfoods.
  2. My son loves avocados (sounds weird, but you might be surprised if you haven’t offered it to your child yet!).  They are chock full of “the good stuff,” like vitamin E, cancer-fighting antioxidants, and lutein (good for the eyes). If they only eat a little, make sure to offer them good snacks that pack lots of nutrition like Georgia Blueberries.


  1. 2. Got a sweet tooth? Serve ‘em fruit
  2. Even the toughest food critics like fruit.  If they snarl at veggies, try giving them a wide variety of fruits.  Georgia blueberries are a favorite of mine (and my son, Judah’s) because they are a great snack for the car.  Those little goldfish crackers aren’t the only snack that can be tossed in a sandwich bag and popped into small mouths without a mess!  You don’t have to worry about them turning brown.   Just wash the blueberries and toss them in a reusable container or sandwich bag and you’ve got a great snack for the car, before the big game, or even to take the edge off (and keep them occupied!) while you’re at the grocery store.


  1. 3. Offer variety.
  2. Even little kids get bored if they always eat the same thing.  And, you can create a monster that will only eat a few things if you don’t mix it up every now and then!  Since they eat often, take the opportunity to hit all the food groups throughout the day.  For example, for first “snack” give them yogurt; second snack: Georgia blueberries and mandarin orange segments; third snack might be pretzels and cheese; and fourth snack could be avocado and deli meat turkey rolled up.   You get the idea.  Eventually, they’ve had the equivalent of a balanced meal, just at their own pace.

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Denise Sawyer

Denise Sawyer, official food blogger for the Commission, has kicked off the blueberry season with a blog post on the Commission’s website about visiting local blueberry farms with her family.  To see her latest blog post, click here.  To check out her website, visit Wholesomemommy.com.

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