I love to cook. So, why does my toddler refuse to eat everything, even foods he used to love?
I guess, that’s normal. At least, that’s what it says online. Although, it sure is frustrating!
After trying to give him more finger foods, which he would promptly hand back to me and say “Mama” (meaning - Mama, you eat it) or throw on the floor, I tried to feed him myself. But, if it wasn’t oatmeal, he would just push my hand away or spit it out. I was flustered.
I never would have thought that tuna salad would do the trick, but he ate it… all of it! I think the key was, it was thick enough that he could spoon it out himself, soft enough, that the texture didn’t bother him, and sweet enough that he liked it. He could also dip crackers in it, which is a plus. Yeah! Finally something worked.
So, now that I know he likes tuna salad, I decided to try to make a version which is a bit healthier and which adds in some fruit. I like the fact that it has less mayonnaise and some healthy yoghurt instead. I’m sure you could also make a chicken salad that is similar, maybe even with some applesauce. I gave him this pineapple tuna salad for lunch today with crackers and he didn’t complain a bit. He actually said, “Yum!”
Pineapple Tuna Salad (4 toddler portions)
1 6 oz can tuna w/water
1 T plain yoghurt
1 T mayonnaise
1 T sweet pickle relish
1 T crushed pineapple
1 Handful cheese fish crackers, or other crackers for dipping.
1. Open tuna and drain water. Add to bowl.
2. Mix in yoghurt, mayonnaise, relish, and pineapple. Mix well.
3. Add 1/3 of tuna salad to a small plastic bowl.
4. Serve with cheese fish crackers.
This recipe couldn’t be easier. Let me know if your toddler eats it or if you have other great dishes that worked during your toddler’s food strike.