Healthy & practical toddler snacks can be hard to come by. Especially living in a world of convenient drive thru menus and pre- packages snacks.
These ideas aren’t Pinterest worthy pieces of food art, but are practical ideas for healthy snacks that we try to regularly keep in our daughters diet.
We are not perfect and many days you will find my toddler eating something from a wrapper, but for our family it is all about balance.
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Fruit as a Toddler Snack
Fruit is the perfect snack for toddlers, but it also can be easy to pass fruit up for something that you don’t have to prepare when you are in a hurry. What I try to do is cut up and prepare all of the fruit the day I grocery shop and put it in plastic baggies (for single servings) or put it all in a tupperware container.
Doing it this way makes fruit as convenient as a pre packaged snack because it is available to grab and go if you are busy that day. Here are some ideas of what fruits our toddler eats:
Apples (sometimes with peanut butter) – Get an apple slicer to make serving apples easier
Grapes – I can be a little paranoid at times so when B was younger I used to slice the grapes in half longways so she wouldn’t choke.
Clementines – An orange peeler also makes preparing them go faster
Obviously there are many more fruits that toddlers love these are just a few of the simple ones we try to keep in the house at all times for our daughter.
Another way to be sure that kids are getting fruit in their diet is to make them a smoothie. Here are a few smoothie recipes that we like to make:
Vegetables as a Toddler Snack
Veggies have never really been difficult in our home, but some children just will not touch them. One tip I have found to be helpful is to season the veggies just as you would eat them so that they aren’t so bland tasting.
Here are some healthy (and simple!) vegetable snacks you can try with your toddler:
Carrots – With ranch if they won’t eat them plain
Celery – You can add peanut butter too!
Squash & Zucchini – Our daughter loves baked squash and zucchini. All you have to do is slice or cube the squash or zucchini, drizzle with olive oil, season it a little with garlic powder and pepper, and bake at 350º until it is tender (probably about 20 minutes).
Cucumbers – These are super easy to prepare beforehand. You can just slice them and store them in the refrigerator in plastic baggies.
Avocados – Simply slice them up and serve them or mash them and it as dip with healthy crackers!
The smoothies I linked above also have veggies in them. It is pretty easy to sneak veggies into a smoothie without kids knowing if you have a picky eater!
Other Healthy Toddler Snacks
Rice cakes – Our daughter eats them plain, but we occasionally top them with mashed avocados or peanut butter.
What kind of healthy snacks do you feed your toddlers?