Toddlers: 12 - 24 Months

Nuts

My son 20 month old doesn't eat much meat so I want to introduce nuts as a protein source. However, I'm scared they are a choking hazard, so while he is fine with peanut or almond butter, I've never given him actual nuts. Have you given your toddler nuts? Any certain kinds that are softer or less of a hazard? Or am I being overly cautious? TIA!
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Re: Nuts

  • We discovered a tree nut allergy with my LO that was being transferred through my breastmilk and giving him a terrible rash, so they are off limits for us! The allergist said it can be a common allergy in kids, so I would introduce them slowly. As far as choking, I would just cut them in half.

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  • if he is ok with peanut butter/almond butter, i would start with those nuts. 

    also for protein, try lentils, chickpeas and beans. DS loves hummus with pita bread. 

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  • He won't eat chick peas....the only time I e gotten him to eat black beams is if I hide them in blueberry crumble!! I'll give hummus another whirl as I have not tried it in a while. Are cashews generally a bit softer and safer, anyone?
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  • I give cashew pieces as I think those are softer. Also peanuts. I only do almonds if they are small ones and/or cut. Pecans are soft, too. 

    She's been eating nuts for at least a few months. Can't remember when.

    Trail mix w/ a few kinds of nuts, raisins or other dried fruit, a few chocolate chips is a popular snack.   


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  • kalettekalette
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    You could throw them in the food processor to chop!
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  • My LO always asks for nuts when I am eating them, usually almonds.  I just bit them and give him a small piece (about 1/3 of an almond).  It could get time consuming.  You could try sliced almonds.
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  • Try black beans or blackeye peas. k loves them and they are like 3 in 1: carbs, protein and fiber. 
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  • wedseptwedsept
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    You can buy almonds that are sliced, so they aren't a choking hazard.  My pedi told me not to give actual nuts until 3 because they are a common choking hazard.  What about edamame?  That is a great protein.  You can also try to put tofu in something else he eats, like yogurt. 
  • My son is a nut nut.  He loves them and eats them every day.

    I give him the almonds that are blanched and slivered, and chopped pecans/walnuts.  The only ones I give him that give me pause are the macademia nuts - but he LOVES them.  I guess they're softer?  But I watch him like a hawk when he snacks on them.

    Another protein source you might want to look into is quinoa.  Especially if your son like things like pastina or couscous.  They're seeds that are high in protein, but grain-like, so very kid-friendly.

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  • Thanks guys! Sadly he will not eat quinoa or rice/pasta type things. He's so picky. I don't know how it happens since I started him off "right" with tons of fresh homemade baby food. I'll try edamame and sneaking tofu in yogurt, thanks! Slivered almonds sound safe too.
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    Thanks guys! Sadly he will not eat quinoa or rice/pasta type things. He's so picky. I don't know how it happens since I started him off "right" with tons of fresh homemade baby food. I'll try edamame and sneaking tofu in yogurt, thanks! Slivered almonds sound safe too.

    Maybe that's your problem :)  I did everything wrong (started solids at 4 months, bought evil jarred baby food, cook with salt etc.) and my kid asked for a bowl of broccoli for lunch today lol.

    But to answer your questions, we haven't done whole nuts yet.  He eats a lot of peanut butter., beans, quinoa, eggs etc.

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    Thanks guys! Sadly he will not eat quinoa or rice/pasta type things. He's so picky. I don't know how it happens since I started him off "right" with tons of fresh homemade baby food. I'll try edamame and sneaking tofu in yogurt, thanks! Slivered almonds sound safe too.

    You have listed a lot of stuff he "won't" eat. Do you still serve him these foods? It cant take kids 10-20 tries to get to "like" a food. If you keep catering to his preferences now, he will only get more picky. 

    I would try to stick to serving him what you are eating, serving healthy snacks and other meals and not worry about it. If he eats, great. If he chooses not to eat the quinoa or chickpeas or beans or chicken, oh well, maybe tomorrow. He won't starve himself and he will get what he needs eventually.  


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