Keeping a growing toddler boy full is a challenging task. Especially when you try to fill him with vitamins and nutrients, and try to do so while keeping him gluten free after finding it was causing horrible pain and fits for him.
The one thing I don’t have to try to convince my son to eat? Pizza!! So whenever I serve him his favorite food (he even has a “pizza dance”, I try to sneak in as many healthy things as I can to make it packed with nutrients.
I’d love for my son to naturally embrace healthy food- but it just doesn’t happen. So while he sticks to his comfort zone, I try to make the foods he does love as good for him as possible.
I’ve been “spiking” my own food for a while with flax meal for it’s incredible health benefits, and recently started adding Chia Seeds to my son’s food whenever I can to increase his fiber intake. They are so easy to add to food, don’t add much flavor (important for picky eaters), and are not noticeable, texturally (again, important for a toddler with sensory issues).
Add some spinach, a low sugar pizza sauce and mozzarella cheese, and you have a pizza you can feel good about serving to your little one.
Here’s how I do it:
Take a pizza crust and lay down a hearty handful of flax meal. I like to add it underneath the sauce because it stays put better. Next, layer on a good heaping of tomato sauce, and then sprinkle a handful of Chia seeds all over.
Add spinach leaf by leaf across the pizza- don’t layer them on too thick if your kid is particularly picky- or they will just pick them out. If they are SUPER picky, you can dice the spinach super thin and layer it on like the seeds and flax meal to hide it even more. Then cover with a layer of cheese and top with any toppings your child will eat (we’ve done chicken breast, ground beef, mushrooms and even bell peppers with success).
As for the crust, if you aren’t gluten free like us, try for a whole wheat crust that has few processed ingredients.
Because we are so new to being gluten free, we haven’t really found a ton of items we love, but little man seems to like Bob’s Gluten Free pizza crust mix, as well as Schar and Udi’s pre-made pizza crust (gotta love my Colorado based Udi’s!!!).
I have found them all at my local Sprouts, but you can find Bob’s pretty much anywhere these days, I’ve seen Schar at Super Target and Walmart, and Udi’s might be harder to find outside of Colorado but you can order it online from a ton of places.
What is your favorite way to add healthy ingredients to your kids food?
This post is free of affiliate links or paid sponsors- all ingredients are ones we found on our own and were in no way compensated to talk about. This is a part of our family’s gluten free journey and I am glad to share what has worked with us with other families who might be facing the same issues.
I am not even remotely close to an expert on nutrition- so please speak to a nutritionist if you are looking for more information on healthy ways to feed your kids. This is just a way I have found useful to add nutrients to my family’s food and is in no way medical advice.