* Steamed Veggies with sesame seeds or salt free seasoning toddlers can sprinkle on
* Ripe fruits cut into bite size pieces (mango, papaya, banana, berries, pears, peaches, persimmon, strawberries, or any seasonal fruit)
* Whole Wheat Bagels (which also make great teethers)
* Cubed tofu
* Cooked beans
* Seaweed snack
* Cheese cubes or sticks
* Edamame/soy beans
* Spoonful of nut butter (this one will keep your toddler busy for at least a few minutes- I used to give this to my puppy ;))
* Cooked pasta ( cut into bite size pieces and mixed with tomato sauce, pesto or even a touch of olive oil and parmesan)

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Catherine is a mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.


  1. I was wondering about the edamame/soy/tofu… I have been reading conflicting things about this food.
    Some things I read say that it is a great protein and is very healthy.
    Other things I have been reading say that if it is not organic non-gmo or even if it is organic non gmo it can cause cancer because of the high estrogen levels in it.
    I would like to try it but, I am very conflicted about this. Can you add any insight??!
    Thank you!

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