Healthy And Interesting Food Ideas For 15 Month Olds

Healthy And Interesting Food Ideas For 15 Month Olds

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Seeing your baby eat gives you immense satisfaction. When you are introducing solid foods to your baby, you are all enthusiastic. However, once your little one turns 15 months, he can pretty well recognize the tastes. His food habits change and so should you because you can no more add mashed banana or puree to his diet.

At this age, your baby needs at least three meals a day with some healthy snacks in between. MomJunction has compiled the best food ideas for a 15-month-old baby.

What Kind Of Foods Should Be Offered To A Toddler?

Ideally, the meal plan for a 15 month old baby should be a salubrious mixture of the following: cereals, bread, rice, wheat, pasta, fruits, vegetables, meat, fish, poultry, dry fruits, dry beans, oil, milk, and dairy products.

According to the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 13 grams protein is needed for a 15-month-old every day. The American Academy of Pediatrics says that nearly 50% calories should come from fat during the initial two years after birth.

Do not try to incorporate all these foods in a single meal. They can be a part of the main course meal, a complimentary dish, or even a snack. But make sure you include at least one protein rich source in all main meals daily.

[ Read: Best Fruit And Vegetable Juices For Babies ]

1. Cow’s milk (whole or full cream milk)

How much milk for a 15 month old? He needs a minimum of 350ml cow’s milk every day to meet the nutritional requirements for calcium and vitamin D. The extra fat in the whole milk will play a part in enhancing brain growth and development.

Offer him cow’s milk in a cup not in a bottle. Offer three servings of milk in any form, once a day. If your toddler is not keen on drinking milk, give it to him in the form of milkshakes, puddings, yogurt, paneer, custard, and so on.

Do not feed him with more than 400ml milk because having more of it may cut down the toddler’s appetite for solids. Cutting down on solids means a direct impact on the intake of essential nutrients such as vitamins and iron. You may continue or stop breastfeeding now. You no longer have to offer formula milk as the solid food diet caters to all the requirements.

[ Read: How To Introduce Cow’s Milk To Babies ]

2. Fresh fruits and vegetables

Encourage your toddler to develop a taste for as many unprocessed, fresh foods as possible. Offer fresh fruits and vegetables along with his favorite foods. Give him enough scope to enjoy a varied, nutritious diet. Minimize the sugary and fatty foods like deep fried sweets and junk foods.

A good amount of fruits and vegetables in the diet enriches the color factor and contributes to fiber content. Fiber helps in tackling the common constipation problems in kids and helps in maintaining good bowel movement.

[ Read: Food Ideas For 16 Months Baby ]

3. Cereals

Cereals are good sources of energy. Include several varieties of cereals such as rice, wheat, millets in the toddler’s foods during different times of the day. Fortified cereals with no added sugar or salt or artificial coloring are the best for your baby.

[ Read: Baby Food Chart ]

4. Protein and fat diet

Add meat to the toddler’s diet for fat and protein. Offer him soft pieces of pork, chicken, or hamburger. Go for fish variety like salmon, canned light tuna, catfish, and Pollock. Give him scrambled eggs or legumes as finger food.

Cheese too is a protein and fat source. It makes a great finger food for a 15 month old. Peanut butter is also a source of protein and fat, but some toddlers have trouble swallowing it. Avoid nuts for now to avoid choking hazard.

Note: Introduce one new food at a time with brief waiting periods.

[ Read: Top 30 Healthy Foods For Babies ]

Diet Chart For 15 Months Old Baby

Early Morning (6 to 7AM)

      • ½ to 1 cup whole milk

Breakfast (8AM)

      • ½ cup iron – fortified breakfast cereal or 1 cooked egg
      • Add fruit to cereal or offer as it is
      • ½ banana, sliced
      • 2–3 sliced strawberries

Mid-Morning (10 to 11AM)

      • 1 slice toast or whole wheat muffin
      • Apply 1–2 tablespoons cream cheese or peanut butter, or yogurt
      • a few fruit slices
      • ½ cup whole milk

Lunch (1PM)

      • ½ Sandwich sliced turkey or chicken, tuna, egg salad, or peanut butter
      • ½ cup cooked green vegetables
      • ½ cup cereal

Evening Snack (3 to 4PM)

      • 2–3 tablespoons fruits or berries or 1–2 ounces cubed or string cheese
      • 1 cup whole milk

Dinner

      • 2–3 ounces ground or diced cooked meat
      • ½ cup cooked yellow or orange vegetables
      • ½ cup pasta, rice, or potato
      • ½ cup whole milk

[ Read: Baby Boy Growth Chart ]

Simple Homemade Recipes For 15 Month Old

Here are a few simple homemade food for your 15 month old baby.

Breakfast Recipes

1. Whole-Wheat Buttermilk Pancakes

Whole-Wheat Buttermilk Pancakes

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Prep time: 25 minutes

Yield: 6 servings (adult)

You will need:

      • 3 tbsp butter
      • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
      • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
      • ¾ cup wheat flour
      • 3 tbsp sugar
      • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
      • ½ tsp baking soda
      • ½ tsp salt
      • 1 egg
      • 1 ½ cup low fat buttermilk
      • 1 egg white
      • ¾ cup maple syrup
      • cooking spray

How to:

      1. Mix flours, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl. Whisk them together.
      2. By whisking, combine buttermilk, oil, egg, and egg whites in a bowl. Add the mixture to the flour mixture. Stir well.
      3. Heat a nonstick griddle coated with cooking spray over medium heat.
      4. Spoon around one-fourth cup onto a griddle, per pancake.
      5. Turn over the pancakes when the tops are covered with bubbles and the edges are cooked.
      6. Serve with syrup and butter.

2. Winter Squash Puree (Healthy Starter)

Winter Squash Puree

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Prep time: 25 minutes

Yield: 1 to 1-1/2 cups

You will need:

      • 1 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
      • 1 tbsp precut fresh or frozen winter squash or pumpkin cubes
      • Water or milk as needed

How to:

      1. Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil.
      2. Mix olive oil and squash in a bowl. Toss them.
      3. Spread the squash on the baking sheet.
      4. Roast the squash for 20 minutes. Puree in a blender until smooth.
      5. Sieve the mixture and add water or milk to get the consistency.

[ Read: Fruit Purees For Babies ]

3. Purple Puree

Purple Puree

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Prep time: 10 minutes

Yield: 2 ½ cups

You will need:

      • 1 1/2 cups blueberries (puree)
      • 2 frozen spinach (10-oz packages)
      • 1/2 tsp lemon juice
      • 2 tbsp water

How to:

      1. Place spinach in a pan and add water. Boil, cover, and simmer for seven minutes.
      2. Drain the water. Make a puree of spinach, blueberry, water, and lemon juice until smooth.

4. Ragi Idli

Ragi Idli

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Prep time: 40 minutes

Yield: 10 idlis

You will need:

      • 2 cups idli batter (fermented)
      • ½ cup nachi flour or ragi flour
      • Salt to taste
      • 1 tbsp oil (to grease)
      • 1/4 cup + 2tbsp warm water

How to:

      1. Add warm water and the flour to a bowl. And mix to get a thick paste.
      2. Add the paste to idli batter. Add salt. Stir gently.
      3. Set aside for nearly 20 minutes. Allow the flour to absorb the batter.
      4. Meanwhile, boil the water in a steamer and grease the plates with oil.
      5. Pour the batter into molds and place the idli stand in the steamer.
      6. Allow it to steam for ten minutes and serve warm.

5. Oats Chilla

Oats Chilla

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Prep time: 20 minutes

Yield: 6 chilla

You will need:

      • 1 cup oats
      • Water as needed
      • ¼ cup chickpea flour
      • 1 tsp cumin
      • Pinch of turmeric
      • ½ grated carrot
      • 1 small onion
      • 2 green chillies (chopped)
      • Oil or ghee as needed

How to:

      1. Add powdered oats to a bowl and add the remaining ingredients. Add water as per requirement.
      2. Grease the oil on a pan. Heat it.
      3. Spread a ladle of batter on the pan. Drizzle oil around the edges.
      4. Flip it once it is cooked. Cook the other side too.

[ Read: Oats For Babies ]

Healthy Snacks For 15 Month Old

1. Honey-Glazed Carrots

2. Oven-Roasted Green Beans (finger food)

Oven-Roasted Green Beans

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Prep time: 20 minutes

Yield: ½ cup

You will need:

      • 1 pound green beans (trimmed)
      • Sea salt to taste
      • 2 tsp extra-virgin olive oil

How to:

      1. Pre-heat the oven to 425ºCentigrate. Put jelly-roll pan for ten minutes in the oven.
      2. Take the beans in a bowl, sprinkle oil, add salt. Toss them well.
      3. On the pre-heat baking sheet, place bean mixture in a single layer.
      4. Bake for eight minutes until crisp and tender.

3. Dates Sesame Ladoo

Dates Sesame Ladoo

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Prep time: 20 min

Yield: 12 to 15 ladoos

You will need:

      • 300gm dates
      • 1 cup sesame seeds
      • ¼ cup cashews or peanuts (roasted)
      • 4 green cardamoms

How to:

      1. Take a pan, add sesame seeds. Dry roast them on the medium flame.
      2. Cool and powder them.
      3. Mash the dates well and add sesame seeds powder. Knead for a few minutes to get a soft mixture.
      4. Make it into small balls. Store in an air-tight container.

4. Pasta Kheer

Pasta Kheer

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Prep time: 25 minutes

Yield: 3 to 4 servings

You will need:

      • 2 cups milk
      • ¾ cup pasta
      • ¼ cup jaggery syrup or organic sugar
      • 2 green cardamoms
      • 1 ½ rice flour mixed in ¼ cup water or milk

How to:

      1. Boil water in a pan. Add and cook pasta for a few minutes.
      2. Drain and keep aside.
      3. Heat butter and ghee in a pan, add cashews (if desired). Keep them aside after roasting.
      4. Pour milk into the same pan and boil. Add pasta and allow it to cook.
      5. Take a cup and add rice flour, water, and milk. Mix well without lumps.
      6. Pour this into the pan slowly, while stirring.
      7. Allow the pasta kheer to thicken. Sprinkle cardamom seeds on it.
      8. Add jaggery syrup or organic sugar as sweetener.

5. Carrot Puree

Carrot Puree

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Prep time: 30 minutes

Yield: 3 to 4 cups

You will need:

      • 1 yam (peeled and cut)
      • 3 carrots (peeled and cut)
      • 2tbsp water

How to:

      1. Add yam and carrot to a pan with water and bring it to a boil.
      2. Drain out water and puree the contents in a processor.

Lunch Ideas For A 15-Month Baby

1. Baby’s Little Pasta

Baby's Little Pasta

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Prep time: 10 minutes

Yield: 2 cups

You will need:

      • 1 1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
      • 2 (22 g) tbsp uncooked pasta

How to:

      1. Add the chicken broth to a pan and bring it to a boil. Add pasta.
      2. Cook for seven minutes with intermittent stirring.

2. Khichdi (Indian baby food recipe)

Khichdi

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Prep time: 25 minutes

Yield: 2 cups

You will need:

      • 2tbsp rice
      • 1tbsp tuvar dal (split red gram)
      • 2tbsp vegetables (grated and chopped)
      • salt for taste
      • ½ tsp ghee
      • turmeric (optional)
      • pepper powder (optional)

How to:

      1. Wash the rice and dal together. Soak them in water for at least half an hour.
      2. Add chopped vegetables to the bowl containing rice and mixture.
      3. Pressure cook for two whistles on medium flame.
      4. After the pressure is released, mash the contents. Add salt, ghee, and turmeric. Mix well.

3. Yummy Warm Cereal

ummy Warm Cereal

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Prep time:15 minutes

Yield:1/2 cup (4 floz/125 ml)

You will need:

      • 1/4 cup (2 oz/60 g) pearled barley powder
      • water (as needed) or milk

How to:

      1. Boil water in a pan and slowly pour the powdered barley. Whisk continuously as you pour.
      2. Keep stirring and allow it to cook for ten minutes.
      3. Add water or milk to get the desired consistency.

4. Curd Oats

Curd Oats

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Prep time: 5 minutes

Yield: 2 cups

You will need:

      • 1 cup rolled oats
      • 2 cups water/milk
      • ¾ cup fresh curd
      • Salt for taste
      • 1tbsp grated carrot or pomegranate seeds
      • 1tbsp coriander leaves (finely chopped)

For seasoning:

      • 1tsp mustard seeds
      • 1tbsp oil
      • 1 dry red chili
      • 1 finely chopped green chili
      • a few curry leaves
      • 1.2 inch finely chopped ginger
      • 1 tsp split black gram

How to:

      1. Cook oats in water for five minutes. Mix curd (well beaten) to the oats.
      2. Heat oil in a tempering pan and add all the ingredients for seasoning.
      3. Add this mixture with oil to the oat-curd mixture.
      4. Add salt and coriander leaves. Top with grated carrot or pomegranate seeds.

5. Curd Rice

Curd Rice

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Prep time: 10 minutes

Yield: 2 cups

You will need:

      • 1 cup rice (cooked)
      • 1.5 cup milk
      • 1.5 cup curd
      • 2 tbsp cream
      • Salt to taste

For seasoning:

      • 1tsp mustard seeds
      • 1tbsp oil
      • 1 dry red chili
      • 1 finely chopped green chili
      • A few curry leaves
      • 1.2 inch finely chopped ginger
      • 1tsp split black gram

How To:

      1. Mash the cooked rice add milk and keep stirring. Add the cream and curd.
      2. Heat oil in a tempering pan and add all the ingredients for seasoning.
      3. Add this mixture with oil to curd rice.

[ Read: Brain Food For Babies ]

Dinner Ideas For 15 Month Old Babies

1. Barley with Shiitakes and Spinach

Barley with Shiitakes and Spinach

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Prep time: 25 minutes

Yield: 6 adult servings

You will need:

      • 1 cup chopped onion
      • 3 garlic cloves, minced
      • 2tsp olive oil
      • 1/2tsp chopped dried rosemary
      • 8 cups sliced shiitake mushroom caps
      • 1 (14-ounce) can fat-free, less-sodium beef broth
      • 3/4 cup uncooked quick-cooking barley
      • 3tbsp shredded Parmesan cheese
      • 8 cups bagged baby spinach leaves
      • 1/4tsp freshly ground black pepper (optional)

How to:

      1. Heat oil on medium heat in a Dutch oven. Add garlic, rosemary, and onion. Saute for three minutes.
      2.  Add mushrooms. Let them cook. Stir occasionally for eight minutes.
      3. Add cheese and spinach. Stir frequently. Cook for two minutes.

2. Banana & Avocado Guacamole

Banana & Avocado Guacamole

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Prep time: 5 minutes

Yield: 1 ½ cup

You will need:

      • 1 avocado (cut)
      • 1 banana
      • 1 garlic clove powder
      • ¼tsp lemon juice

How to:

      1. Scoop the flesh out of the Avacado half into a bowl.
      2. Peel banana, add the chunks into the Avacado bowl.
      3. Add garlic clove powder into the bowl. Sprinkle lemon juice.
      4. Mash them all using a potato masher.

3. Risotto Primavera

Risotto Primavera

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Prep time: 40 minutes

Yield: 1 ½ cup

You will need:

      • 2 cups yellow squash (chopped)
      • 1 ½ tsp olive oil
      • 3 cups asparagus (cut diagonally)
      • 1 garlic clove
      • ¼ tsp black pepper
      • 2 cups leak (chopped)
      • ½ cup Parmesan cheese (grated)
      • 1 ½ tsp fresh thyme
      • 1tbsp butter
      • 32-ounce chicken broth
      • 1 cup water
      • Salt to taste

How To:

      1. Take a pan, add asparagus, squash, salt, black pepper, and saute on medium flame. Keep aside.
      2. Pour water and broth to another pan and keep them on low heat.
      3. Take a Dutch oven, melt the butter over medium heat.
      4. Add leek and cook for five minutes. Add in one and half cup broth mixture. Cook
      5. Add remaining broth mixture and keep stirring. Let the broth get absorbed.
      6. Add one-fourth cup thyme and cheese. Top it with veggies.

4. Creamy Quinoa And Bananas

5. Quinoa Fruity Feast

Things To Remember:

You may try various recipes and combination of ingredients for the good of your baby. But you cannot force-feed him just because it is good for his health. Here are a few things to remember and don’ts to follow:

1. Make food fun

It is now time to bring out your creativity with your toddler’s meal. Try pretending cauliflower or broccoli as trees on a mashed-potato island. Try cutting sandwiches, idlis, and more with cookie cutters to get them into the shapes of stars, animals, and more. Your little one would surely enjoy eating!

2. Eating habits change

Do not worry even if your toddler is a fussy eater. His eating habits may change due to the change in the growth pattern. The food he loved last month may not remain the same now.

The toddler’s appetite may slow down in the second year, unlike the first year. Your baby has had tripled his birth weight in the first year, but the weight gain will slow down in the second year with an expected weight gain of just around 2.4kg.

3. Exploration time

Moreover, it is the time when your little one is busy exploring the world and may not bother much about food. Even his stomach is still not big enough to have one big meal. Be prepared for smaller meals several times all through the day.

4. No force, please

Remember, your toddler will eat when he is hungry. Do not force him to finish the plate. Do not judge your little one by the quantity he is eating, instead check for his energy levels, physical as well as mental growth.

5. Allow self-feeding

Your toddler still needs your help while feeding. While feeding a 15 month old, you should also allow him to feed himself if he is interested in doing so. Do not worry even if all the food does not enter his little mouth. A 15-month toddler will be able to hold and drink from a cup with a little assistance from an adult. He would show interest in feeding himself with a spoon.

[ Read: High Calorie Foods For Babies ]

Your 15-month-old can eat the same food prepared for the rest of the family. But it should be low on salt and spices. Chop the food into toddler-friendly pieces. Whenever possible, try to eat together as a family and boost up your bonding!

Try these tips and ideas to attract your toddler to the dining table. You may include more varieties for your baby to explore various foods. Share your little one’s favorite recipes here.

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