3 Easy Foods to Feed Your Toddler When He Has a Diminished Appetite

by Charise Rohm Nulsen

My poor little guy recently had Hand, Foot & Mouth Disease, and the sores in his mouth really affected his appetite for a while. This was a wake up call for us to become more creative with the meals we were offering him because to be honest, we had it pretty easy up until this point. Baby has enjoyed eating a variety of foods and trying new things ever since we started Baby Led Weaning back when he was 7 months old, so at 12 months, it was a shocker to have him shake his head no in response to being offered all of his favorite foods.

sick baby

It broke our hearts to see Baby feeling so sick!

Luckily, we have added 3 new foods to Baby’s weekly menu, and they have provided us with a very easy way to make sure he is getting lots of important nutrients – even with a diminished appetite.

1. Green Smoothies
Baby is absolutely loving a variety of green smoothie recipes that I have been creating. You can find so many recipes for them on the internet. I recommend trying these green smoothie recipes from Brenna at Almost All the Truth.
baby drinks a green smoothie

Baby thinks it's hilarious to flick the straw on the smoothie and spray our faces with smoothie bits!

Baby’s 2 favorite green smoothies use the following ingredients. I don’t really measure when I cook, but you can use approximately one cup of each of these ingredients with the exception of the milk additive for which I use about a cup and a half.

Spinach Smoothie
- Frozen chopped spinach
- Strawberries (frozen or fresh)
- A generous amount of cinnamon
- One whole banana
- Hemp milk or coconut milk

Kale Smoothie
- Fresh kale with the spines pulled off
- Frozen mixture of strawberry, banana, and mango
- Fresh blueberries
- A generous amount of cinnamon
- Hemp milk or coconut milk

2. Scrambled Eggs
Baby loves to feed himself soft and slippery scrambled eggs. I make them with a lot of coconut oil, coconut or hemp milk, and mozzarella cheese to add even more nutrition to this easy meal. Baby gobbles them right up!

3. Kale Chips
I followed Brenna’s directions at Almost All the Truth for making kale chips. Baby is loving them. I think he especially enjoys them because he always wants to try eating the crisp leaves outside and kale chips give him the opportunity to actually safely eat leaves. :-)
baby eats with foot on table

As you can see, even Baby's feet love kale!

Arpita of Up, Down & Natural gave me a great tip: Throw the leftover kale chips into a lasagna! Also, Rosemary of Rosmarinus Officinalis provided me with another excellent tip: If you want to eat the leftover chips a couple of days later, bake them in the oven for 5 minutes and they will crisp right up.

What are your go to foods when your little one has a diminished appetite?

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1 Dave Higgs-Vis@Folkabout Baby July 22, 2011 at 11:46 am

Cheerios are almost always a good choice for us. The little one loves eating them!

She’s also a big fan of cheese.

She’s been feeling a bit off the past couple days, but it doesn’t seem to have effected her appetite. I’ll keep scrambled eggs in mind, though. Seems like a fun and easy food for baby.
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2 Emily July 22, 2011 at 10:28 pm

Kale Chips sounds good to make for a snack for me to even eat!


3 Gaby @ Tmuffin July 22, 2011 at 11:15 pm

Aww! Baby with a washcloth on the head is so sad and sweet at the same time! Thanks for those tips. I’m always looking for more nutritious food Baby T will eat. My go-to thing lately is frozen organic go-gurt type yogurts. And we do scrambled eggs too–I add cream cheese and cheddar to them. The big bits of melty cream cheese are yummy!
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4 OneMommy July 23, 2011 at 1:12 pm

I am going to have to try some of these! When my little guy refuses to eat (like he is teething), he wants 2 things: milk and cheese puffs. Not the most nutritious snack…. I have tried a ton of other ideas, but I have a feeling maybe the smoothies here would work….
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5 Ellie @ Air Purifier July 26, 2011 at 4:14 pm

Awwww, that first picture breaks MY heart, too! But thankfully the rest of them are so adorable that I *think* it is back together again after all. That was fast ;)



6 Alex@Best Smoothie Maker July 19, 2012 at 5:46 pm

That kale smoothie sounds really good. Most recipes that use kale for some reason avoid fruits, i’m going to definitely try it really interested how the mango will work together with the kale, thanks for the recipes!
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7 Michelle Lee August 4, 2013 at 12:44 pm

My son is currently getting his two year molars in and is refusing meals left and right. I’ll have to try the spinach smoothie because I think that will feel good on his sore gums and get some nutrition into him.


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