Healthy and easy to prepare grocery store finds for your little one
I am constantly scouring the isles of the grocery store looking for healthier items for my little girl. Unfortunately, I live in a town that doesn’t have a Whole Foods, Kroger Marketplace, or other wonderful, wholesome grocery store. I have found some items that I keep as staples in our pantry that I want to share with you. These grocery finds require little prep and are budget-friendly.
- Veggie Pasta :: So simple! I just boil it until tender in salted water and toss in a little bit of butter.
- Chickpeas (Garbanzo Beans) :: Chickpeas are high in fiber and protein, and contain several key vitamins and minerals. I buy them canned, rinse them, and feed them to her at room temp and she loves them!
- Barley & Quinoa :: I buy the quick cook package of barley and quinoa, cook according to package directions (except I substitute the water for chicken broth) and she gobbles it up! I safe what she doesn’t eat and warm it for her next meal. So simple!
- Veggie Chips or Veggie Crisps :: Gerber makes Organic Veggie Crisps that she loves but you can also find Veggie Chips that are a healthier, no prep, on-the-go snack.
- Freeze-Dried Fruit Crisps :: My little one loves the freeze dried apples (they are a little easier to chew) but they make all sorts of freeze-dried fruit – bananas, strawberries, mangos. Just make sure to read the ingredients for no added sugar.
- Annie’s Organic Cheddar Bunnies :: These little bunny cracker are great for on-the-go snacking and work great in her snack cup.
- Organic Applesauce Mashups :: Several different brands make a variety of applesauce and fruit blend pouches. We love Plum Organics Mashups – they come in a variety of flavors and have no added sugar.
- HappyTot Chickpea Straws :: These snacks contain only a few simple and organic ingredients and are great for snacking.
- Canned Beans/Peas :: My little girl loves black-eyed peas! I buy them canned, rinse them, and feed them to her at room temp!
- Kodiak Cakes Super Foods Flapjack and Waffle Mix :: Some of the ingredients in this pancake mix include whole wheat flour, whole oat flour, quinoa flour, flaxseed meal, and chia seeds. I whip up a pancake and serve it to her as-is, nothing extra needed with these! She LOVES them!
- Van’s Honey Nut Crunch Cereal :: It’s hard for me to venture down the cereal isle. Most cereals have sugar listed as the second or third ingredient (yikes!). Not to say that this cereal does not have added sugar – it does – BUT it has other healthier ingredients compared to most cereals. Dry cereal is such a convenient on-the-go snack its hard not to pass up!
- Canned carrots, peas, green beans, and corn :: Of course you can buy all of these items fresh and cook as desired or you can opt for the packaged/canned versions.
- Ready to Serve Brown Rice :: Just pop this in the microwave now minute and you are ready to go!
- Raisins :: An easy and nutrias snack.
- Eggs :: My little one loves a good scrambled egg. I add a little milk and dash of salt and it is quick and easy protein.
- Chicken :: I tried buying a bag of some frozen chicken – I thought – “It’ll be so EASY to just throw in the microwave” – bad idea! Now I just boil a chicken breast in some chicken broth, shred it, and feed it to her throughout the week – so EASY!
- HappyTot Fiber & Protein Soft-Baked Oat Bar :: Simple ingredients and delicious.
- Organic Fruit Pouches and Organic Oatmeal Cereal :: These are made by a variety of brands. In the morning, I mix a pouch with some oatmeal cereal and add a little water – my daughter loves it and she’s getting her serving of fruits!
- Avocado Toast :: Toast a piece of whole wheat toast and spread it with avocado – easy and scrumptious!
- Cherry Tomatoes :: I only have to cut them and serve.
- Mini Baby Bel Cheese :: Dice and serve.
- Sweet Potatoes :: The easy way: Peel the potato, cut into large chunks, place in microwave safe container, cover container with damp paper towel, place small bowl of water in the microwave along with the potatoes and microwave on high four minutes, cut into smaller bite-sized pieces and serve. You can also buy them frozen and microwave according to package.
Below are pictures of some of the items I’ve listed. I’ve linked them to take you to the product where you can read the label information and ingredients and even purchase it if you want.
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