By DullesMoms, Mar 2023
More than providing for hungry little ones, the right snack can make or break a toddler’s mood! Check out these ten toddler (& mom) approved snacks that are not only healthy, but yummy, too!
Yogurt & Fresh Fruit
Full-fat yogurt provides essential fats needed for brain development, while fresh fruits add natural sweetness and fiber. Serve a small bowl of yogurt with diced fruits like berries, peaches, or mango (make sure the fruit is in small, manageable pieces to prevent choking).
Vegetable Sticks & Hummus
Slice vegetables like cucumbers, carrots, and bell peppers into sticks and serve with hummus. This combination offers fiber, vitamins, and protein.
Whole Grain Crackers with Cheese
Whole grain crackers provide fiber and essential nutrients, and when paired with cheese, they offer a good source of protein and calcium (make sure the cheese is pasteurized).
Fruit & Vegetable Smoothies
Blend a mix of fruits and vegetables with a base of milk or yogurt. This drink is a delicious way to incorporate various nutrients into your toddler’s diet.
Cottage Cheese & Pineapple
Cottage cheese is rich in protein, and when combined with pineapple, it becomes a tasty and nutritious snack (make sure the fruit is in small, manageable pieces to prevent choking).
Eggs are an excellent source of protein and various nutrients. Serve hard-boiled eggs sliced or as finger food (make sure they are thoroughly cooked to avoid the risk of salmonella).
Baked Sweet Potato Fries
Sweet potatoes are high in vitamin A and fiber. Cut them into strips, lightly coat them with olive oil, and bake until crispy.
Whole Grain Cereal & Milk
Choose a low-sugar, whole-grain cereal and serve it with milk. This combination provides fiber, protein, and essential vitamins and minerals.
Peanut Butter on Whole Wheat Bread
For children not at risk of a peanut/tree nut-related allergy, spread a thin layer of unsalted peanut butter on whole-wheat bread (smooth peanut butter to prevent choking hazards). This provides healthy fats, protein, and fiber.
Frozen Yogurt Bites
Drop small spoonfuls of yogurt onto a parchment-lined tray and freeze. These frozen yogurt bites make for a refreshing and calcium-rich snack.
Like with anything you serve a little one, always ensure that snacks are age-appropriate in size and texture to prevent choking, and always supervise toddlers while eating.
Please note, this content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.