Toddlers adore snacks. They’re often too antsy to eat much at mealtime, preferring to grab smaller bites to nibble throughout the day. So instead of relying on packaged snacks that may be high in sodium, added sugar, and additives, give your toddler the kind of wholesome foods you’d provide at meals—but served up in a fun way. Here are 15 healthy snacks that will nourish your toddler between meals and deliver the kinds of nutrients she needs the most right now:
Yogurt Bowl: Give your toddler a small bowl of yogurt then let him “decorate” it with sliced fruit and granola.
Hummus & Trees: Serve a small bowl of hummus with a side of small broccoli florets for dipping.
Frozen Bananas: Peel a banana and slice into two. Insert a popsicle or lollipop stick into one end. Roll bananas in yogurt then in crushed cereal. Place on a parchment-lined tray and freeze until firm.
Green Toast: Mash avocado with a small sprinkle of salt and spread it onto a slice of toasted whole grain bread.
Fro-Yo Bark: Spread vanilla yogurt on a baking sheet lined with parchment or waxed paper. Press berries and pieces of sliced fruit into the yogurt and freeze until firm. Then break off pieces of the bark to serve. See our recipe here. Turkey Roll-Ups: Roll a slice of deli meat together with a slice of cheese. Insert a pretzel stick in the middle to hold it together.
Apple Nachos: Slice apples and drizzle with nut butter (heat a small dish of nut butter in microwave for 20-30 seconds or until warm). Sprinkle with mini chocolate chips or shredded coconut.
Hard-Boiled Eggs: A nutritional powerhouse in a tiny package, eggs are full of protein and B vitamins. Prep a batch at a time (boiled eggs will keep safely in the refrigerator for up to one week).
Fruit Smoothies: Blend yogurt, milk, and fruit together. Tip: Freeze extra smoothie into cubes to defrost for a quick smoothie another time. See our recipe here. DIY Trail Mix: Mix together whole grain cereal pieces, raisins, mini pretzel twists, and chocolate chips. Serve it in a bowl or keep in a grab-and-go baggie.
Frozen Kiwi Pops: Peel and slice a kiwi into discs. Insert a popsicle or lollipop stick into one end and freeze on a tray lined with parchment or waxed paper until firm.
Pesto Pinwheels: Spread pesto on a small whole wheat tortilla and roll up. Cut the roll into slices.
Cottage Cheese: It’s rich in filling protein and bone-building calcium. Top it with sliced fruit.
Banana Bites: Peel and slice a banana into small rounds. Top each with a smear of nut butter and a blueberry.
Muffin Tin Snack Mix: Perfect for play dates or sibling snacks! Fill the compartments of a muffin tin with sliced fruit, berries, halved grapes, cut-up veggies, whole grain cereal pieces, small pieces of cheese, and whole grain crackers and let them nibble on the buffet.
Note: As with all food for toddlers, be sure to serve food cut into small pieces and avoid items such as whole nuts and seeds, globs of nut butter, and chunks of meat or cheese, since they can pose a choking risk.
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