Toddlers have little tummies, so it’s no wonder they want to eat small meals or snacks throughout the day. These three healthy toddler snack ideas may help you get your toddler to eat more than chips or fruit snacks. Try them out on your toddler and see what they think of them!
Ants on a log
Maybe your toddler is like most and doesn’t like anything green. You can’t get them to eat lettuce, cabbage, or broccoli. Here’s one idea that may at least get your toddler to eat celery – make it fun with Ants on a Log! Since most toddlers absolutely love peanut butter, spread some of the gooey goodness on the celery. Next, sprinkle a generous number of raisins on the peanut butter and push them in.
If your child doesn’t like peanut butter or if they have an allergic reaction to it, you can use cream cheese or hummus. Instead of raisins, you can use diced apples, diced bananas, or pieces of nuts. The point is to make the snack fun so your toddler will want to eat it.
Another way to sneak healthy vegetables into your toddler’s snacks if they’d rather eat dirt first is to chop or grate them as finely as possible and mix them with things you know they like. For Energy Balls you’ll need ¼ cup each finely grated carrot, rolled oats, raisins, wheat germ, and sunflower seeds. Mix this together with 1 tablespoon of honey and 3 tablespoons of peanut butter.
After you have the ingredients mixed together, you may want to let your child roll the dough into balls. You can also use ¼ cup granola to give them a tasty crunch.
Toddlers love fruit and anything that tastes creamy like ice cream is always a hit. Why not combine 1 cup 100% fruit juice with 1 cup plain yogurt. Place the ingredients in a container or cup with a lid and then let them shake it. They’ll have fun making their own snack and then enjoy the snack, as well. Check out this delicious Fresh Strawberry Mango Smoothie and this yummy Blackberry Pomegranate Smoothie!
When giving your children any snack, remember that it’s important that your toddler sits upright when eating. It’s also important that they remain seated rather than rather than running loose to ensure they don’t choke on anything, particularly the celery. The saying “safety first” isn’t only important for your workplace but also for your home.
If you’re struggling to get your child to eat what’s good for them, don’t despair. These three healthy toddler snack ideas are only a few ways you can sneak nutritious foods into your child’s diet without their realizing it. Since you want your toddler to be healthy, don’t feel bad about getting the good stuff in them any way you can.