Seeing your little one’s eyes light up when they see their first Christmas gift is a moment you’ll never forget. But your baby’s first holiday season isn’t just about presents and tinsel at Christmas and Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade excitement on Turkey Day. It’s all about the food.
Your child may be new to the whole eating thing, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t whet their palate for all things savory and sweet this holiday season with healthy Christmas and Thanksgiving snacks for toddlers. Thanksgiving and Christmas are the perfect times for them to explore the menus enjoyed during two of the United States’ biggest holidays. But not all foods are created equal. Healthy Christmas and Thanksgiving snacks for toddlers will give your child a taste of the holiday season while boosting their immune system.
What are the best holiday foods for your baby in 2023? Let’s explore the top Thanksgiving and Christmas foods for kids 6 months old and older.
1. Healthy Christmas Snacks For Toddlers Include Cranberry-Apple Sauce
One of the top holiday foods for your baby is cranberry-apple sauce. This is perfect for satisfying your child’s sweet tooth while keeping them feeling their best. That’s because apples contain vitamin C, which is vital to your child’s development. Cranberries can aid in digestion and oral health. Here are the ingredients you need to make this festive snack and dessert:
- Frozen cranberries (three cups)
- Chopped and peeled apples (two)
- Brown sugar (one tablespoon)
- Nutmeg (a pinch)
- Cinnamon (a pinch)
- Water (three-fourths cup)
How to Make Cranberry-Apple Sauce
Apple-cranberry sauce is one of the most simple-to-create healthy Christmas snacks for toddlers. Add the above ingredients to a saucepan and let the mix boil. Place the mix in a blender once the cranberries and apples are soft, and let the blended mix cool. The delicious fruit sauce is ready to eat!
Serve it in a secure dish, like Abiie’s® Octopod® bowl, to make eating the sauce easier. The dish features suction cups on the bottom to keep it stationary on your child’s high chair tray. Stick with a high chair like Abiie’s® Beyond Junior Y High Chair®, which is easy to assemble and clean.
2. Turkey Casserole
Celebrate Thanksgiving or Christmas Day with one of the most delectable holiday foods for your baby: turkey casserole. This is the perfect Thanksgiving food for kids 6 months old and older since it tastes yummy and features only healthy ingredients, including turkey. Turkey features the protein your little one needs to develop strong muscles. This popular holiday food Baby features the following ingredients:
- Turkey stock (one cup)
- Cooked turkey pieces (half a cup)
- Small diced and peeled carrots (two)
- Sliced and peeled onion half
- Frozen peas (half a cup)
- Medium potato (chopped and peeled)
- Olive oil (one tablespoon)
- Dried thyme (a pinch)
- Yogurt (two tablespoons)
- Parmesan cheese
How to Make Turkey Casserole
Start creating your child’s first casserole by sautéing the onion with the olive oil in a pan. Add the thyme, turkey stock, turkey pieces, and vegetables, letting them simmer. Ensure the vegetables are cooked. Add this mixture to your food processor and blend it with the yogurt. Place the smooth mix in your favorite casserole dish, add Parmesan cheese to the top, and let the casserole bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes. Serve the casserole to your little one. Remember to keep your child clean and comfortable with a high-quality bib. Abiie’s® Ruby Wrapp® bib is a top choice since this silicone bib is ergonomic and 100% waterproof.
3. Orange-Cranberry Muffins
No list of healthy Christmas and Thanksgiving snacks for toddlers would be complete without these tasty muffins. They’re perfect to set out for Old Saint Nick, too! Cranberries are an excellent source of manganese, which supports healthy bones. Oranges are fiber rich, making them perfect for preventing constipation in babies. Here are the ingredients needed to make these healthy Christmas and Thanksgiving snacks for toddlers.
- Chopped cranberries (one cup)
- Vanilla extract (one teaspoon)
- Clementines’ zest (from two clementines)
- Ground ginger (half a teaspoon)
- Ground cinnamon (half a teaspoon)
- Ground nutmeg (a quarter of a teaspoon)
- Rapeseed oil (one-fourth cup)
- Eggs (two)
- Bananas (three)
- Milk (one cup)
- Flour (self-raising, two cups)
How to Make Orange-Cranberry Muffins
The first step in making this holiday food for Baby is preheating your oven. While the oven’s preheating to 200 degrees Fahrenheit, sift the flour in a bowl. Then, mix the bananas and milk in a blender. Pour the smooth banana and milk mixture into a second bowl, and add the vanilla, clementine zest, spices, oil, eggs, and cranberries. Create a hole in the center of your flour, and add this mixture to the flour, blending everything. (The hole will help ensure your mix is distributed evenly throughout the flour.) Next, spoon the mix into a muffin tin and bake it for no more than 20 minutes.
These healthy Christmas and Thanksgiving snacks for toddlers should look golden when ready to serve. Are you planning a day out with family and friends? Take these delectable treats with you. Your child can easily munch on these ooey-gooey snacks from their baby carrier, like Abiie’s® Huggs® Baby Carrier.
You might not think of hummus when exploring healthy Christmas and Thanksgiving snacks for toddlers, but this baby-friendly snack is perfect for the holidays. It’s scrumptious, easy to make, and filling for little ones. Hummus is also packed with chickpeas, which help regulate blood sugar levels and support healthy tummies. Here is what you need to make hummus for Baby:
- Cooked chickpeas (one tin)
- Lemon juice
- Salt (a pinch)
- Olive oil (two tablespoons)
How to Make Hummus
Mix the above-listed ingredients in your food processor until a puree forms. Then, serve it with your child’s favorite vegetable sticks, like carrots.
Embrace Healthy Christmas Snacks For Toddlers With Help From Abiie®
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