Teething is the absolute worst!
It is currently the culprit of tears, tantrums and one very tired mummy at my house.
My normally happy little toddler intermittently morphs into a miserable monster when teething strikes. As his mum, it is awful to see him so unhappy and in pain.
To add extra stress to an already unpleasant situation, he also refuses to eat when he is teething!
The only thing he seems to want is to breastfeed! He is constantly yanking down my top to try and help himself to ‘milkies’ (not a pretty sight when we are at the woolworths checkout!). I am usually pretty happy for him to demand feed when he wants to but equally mumma’s dairy can’t be open for business 24 hours a day!
I have been on a mission recently to find some healthy snacks that will fill appease my little one!
So here are some Tasty Treats for Teething Toddlers!
Cold Cucumber Sticks
Cold cucumber is a wonderful way to soothe sore gums! To make this snack a bit more substantial and nutritious, I serve the sticks of cucumber dipped in homemade hummus or plain greek yogurt.
I prefer to go with natural, full fat yoghurt over the flavoured varieties because they have less added sugar. I just use fresh fruit to add flavour and sweetness. My personal favourites are Evia Greek Strained Natural Yoghurt and Jalna Natural Yoghurt.
Baked Risotto Balls
Soft on sore gums, risotto is the perfect meal and snack for teething. I love the ‘One Handed Cooks’ recipe for Pea and Zucchini baked risotto! In the past I have added or substituted the veggies in this recipe for pretty much whatever I have in the fridge at the time and it always turns out great! http://onehandedcooks.com.au/recipe/1-meal-3-ways-pea-zucchini-baked-risotto/
For convenience I buy the store bought bags of pre cut mango and mixed berries. I just put a small portion in a bowl to defrost for a few minutes and then let my son tuck in!
Cut veggies into sticks and then roast in the oven or steam them. Veggie chips are delicious, easy for little hands to hold and soft on sore gums. Vegetables such as carrots, zucchini and sweet potato all work really well.
Slices of Cold Melon
On really bad teething days, rockmelon (cantaloupe) can sometimes make up the majority of my toddlers daily diet! While this does cause me some concern (as I am a stickler for providing a balanced diet!) I would also rather he eats something rather than nothing! Watermelon and honeydew melon are also great!
Teething or not, my son LOVES eating frozen peas. They are my go-to distraction snack. In the evenings, you will frequently find my son sitting happily at the bench in his highchair eating frozen peas while I cook dinner.
Meatballs (served with pasta) are an easy family dinner and cold leftovers make for a great teething snack. I like to use a meatball recipe that also incorporates some veggies.
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P.S. I would absolutely love to hear from other mums about what they feed their teething toddlers! Please comment below.
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