Us moms have to stick together when it comes to healthy toddler meals & snacks that you can whip up in no time.
We’ve all been there – you come home from your afternoon outing, it’s 4:50pm, dinner is at 5pm, your kids are hungry and you scan your pantry and fridge wondering what the heck you’re going to feed them. I’ll admit, sometimes dinner is yogurt & berries or sprouted toast with coconut oil and almond butter. While those options are healthy, it feels better when you give your kids something that is actually classified as dinner, not breakfast.
My healthy salmon or tuna salad was created the other day when I was in the exact last minute dinner situation I described earlier, and they turned out so well I had to share the recipe. I recently bought a Costco 6-pack of canned Ocean’s wild pink salmon that I had to get through so I created a healthy version of the typical mayonnaise-heavy salmon salad we’re all familiar with (Note:salmon and tuna are amazing sources of omega-3 fatty acids and protein, just make sure you choose a good brand like responsibly sourced – Ocean’s is a good brand or Rio Mare tuna in Olive Oil).
In order to make a good salmon or tuna salad you need to add something creamy, flavourful and crunchy. Traditionally this would be mayo, salt and celery. Perfect healthy substitutions are: Greek yogurt, hummus and cucumber (easier for kids to chew). Greek yogurt adds a boost of protein & calcium while hummus adds flavour, healthy carbs and is a great source of iron.
The best part about this recipe is it doesn’t require any cooking and it’s fast – just mix all ingredients together, scoop into balls on your kid’s plate, and boom – done – a complete meal with protein, carbs and raw veggies (picture doesn’t look very appetizing, but they are tasty – I promise!).
Healthy Salmon or Tuna Salad Bites
1 can Ocean’s Salmon (wild sockeye or wild pink) or 1 can Rio Mare tuna in olive oil
1 tbsp. plain Greek yogurt
2 tbsp. plain Fontaine Sante or home-made hummus (opt for organic chick peas in BPA-free can)
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1/4 cup chopped cucumber, diced small
Drain and flake salmon or tuna into a bowl. Peel and dice cucumber very small.
Add yogurt, hummus and salt. Combine using a fork until everything is mixed together.
Using a melon baller or small spoon, scoop salmon or tuna salad onto a plate and serve.
If your toddler is a bit older, scoop onto cucumber rounds or whole grain bread and serve.
Calling all moms: feel free to share your healthy, easy toddler meal & snack ideas to give all our kids some much-needed variety!