Finding the perfect toddler snacks can be a delightful adventure, and it’s all about offering balanced options that tickle taste buds and fuel growing bodies. Here are some quick and healthy toddler snack ideas that are easy to prepare and perfect for involving your little one in the kitchen:
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Balanced Bites for Tiny Tummies:
Creating a balanced snack is all about offering a combination of macronutrients – think protein, healthy fats, and carbohydrates. Pairing options like Greek yogurt with berries or cheese with whole-grain crackers helps provide sustained energy and satisfies hunger.
Let Your Toddler Assist
Getting your toddler involved in snack preparation not only sparks their interest but also encourages them to try new foods. Let them assemble their own yogurt parfaits or pick out their favourite veggie sticks to dip in hummus.
1. Apple Slices:
Slice up some fresh apples and pair them with a dollop of peanut or almond butter. Nut butters are a great source of healthy fats and protein.
2. Greek Yoghurt Parfait:
Layering creamy Greek yoghurt with colourful berries and a sprinkle of granola creates a delightful parfait that’s rich in protein and antioxidants.
3. Mini Cheese Quesadillas:
Tiny hands can help assemble these cheesy delights. Whole-grain tortillas filled with shredded cheese make for a fun and calcium-rich snack.
4. Banana Oat Muffins:
Homemade muffins with ripe bananas and oats are a great way to include fibre and whole grains in a treat that toddlers will adore. Mix it up by adding different fruit. Check out our blueberry version.
5. Veggie Sticks with Hummus:
Colourful pepper, carrot, and cucumber sticks served with hummus encourage veggie exploration and provide a dose of vitamins and minerals. Add beetroot powder to provide a extra boost of iron and colour. Ideal for a barbie themed snack!
6. Hard-Boiled Eggs:
A protein-packed option that’s also easy to peel, hard-boiled eggs are a quick and satiating snack.
7. Mini Smoothies:
Blend up a mix of yogurt, fruits, and milk for a mini smoothie that introduces different flavours and nutrients. This is great if your toddlers are refusing to eat fruits whole or have a limited dairy intake. Check out our Barbie themed fruit smoothie!
8. Trail Mix:
Let your toddler help create their own trail mix with cereal, chopped dried fruits, and cheese – it’s a playful and nutritious combo. Or you could make oat bars!
9. Homemade Energy Bites:
Wholesome energy bites made with oats, nut butter, honey, and a sprinkle of chocolate chips offer a healthy and delicious treat.
10. Cottage Cheese and Fruit:
Cottage cheese paired with juicy fruits provides a protein-rich and refreshing snack that keeps your little one feeling full and satisfied. You can serve these with mini rice cakes.
By involving your toddler in snack preparation, you’re fostering their independence and helping them develop a positive relationship with food.
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Written by Dr Kirsty Porter, Children’s Dietitian.