Updated: Apr 15, 2020
Have you ever gotten “parent block” trying to think about healthy snack ideas for your growing toddler? Now a days, with so many chemicals and unknown ingredients getting put into the food that we buy, it’s hard to judge which readymade snacks are really right for your little munchkins.
So how do you know what's right to feed your child?
When you have kids, you are definitely busy running around after your high energy toddler. While your days usually start at about 4 a.m., it doesn’t seem to end until about 11 p.m. So naturally, rather than spending time struggling thinking about which snacks to make, buying snacks seems like the ultimate answer to compliment your busy lifestyle - Sound about right? The problem with buying everything is that you don’t actually know every single ingredient and nutritious factor that goes into your child’s food. Bought snacks are great supplements, however it’s wise to prepare healthy snacks that your little one can enjoy, because at the end of the day you will feel at ease knowing what your child is eating.
Now I know what you’re thinking, "it sounds great and all, but where am I supposed to find extra time to do all that prepping?" The key is to know what you want to give your child ahead of time. All you really need is a listed out menu for the week, the ingredients and a little bit of time out of your day to prepare. Some of these can also be prepped on your lazy Sunday, so that you can have it ready to go for the week ahead.
According to Canada’s Food Guide every child requires a certain serving amount of vegetables, fruits, grains, dairy and meat products daily. Ideally from a parent's point of view, your child needs 3 main meals a day and 3 snacks in between each course.
So, are you ready to be a super parent? Below are 10 great, fast and yummy snack ideas that are guaranteed to be loved by your toddler, yet easy enough for you to take on.
10 healthy snacks for your toddler
Peanut Butter, Celery and Raisins. This snack is a no brainer. It’s nutritious and delicious. While celery is a great choice of vegetable, it’s quite tasty paired with peanut butter (a great source of protein) and raisins. Celery also supports digestion and is rich in vitamins – two very important factors for your growing toddler.
Apple Slices and Yogurt. Apple slices are delicious on their own, however for some reason, kids just love it when they’re paired with yogurt. Cut up some slices and dip one side of the slice into yogurt. Apples give your child a healthy dose of pectin, which is a fiber and most yogurts contain calcium, potassium and vitamin D.
Cucumber & Hummus. Cut up some cucumber slices and serve it with some fresh hummus dip. Cucumbers are are vitamin packed, they prevent dehydration, and they are also known to help with stomach problems such as gastric ulcers. Hummus (made from chickpeas) provides benefits such as protein, fiber, iron, and potassium. You can find tons of recipes online on how to make your own hummus.
Fresh Blueberries. We all know that blueberries are so healthy for everyone. They are the royal family of antioxidants and are considered a “super food.” They carry countless health benefits, all that are very necessary for your growing child.
Banana/Apple Chips. All kids love chips, so why not pick a healthy alternative and bake some homemade banana or apple chips? You can get a lot of recipes online. I recommend trying “Homemade Baked Banana Chips” by MOMales.com – see recipe here.
Homemade Muffins. Muffins are a hit with kids, but the readymade ones that you buy at the store usually contain a whole lot of unwanted sugar. There are tons of recipes online on how to make your own healthy muffins for kids so, it’s best to make them at home and put them aside for snack time.
Healthy Brownies. Yes, they exist! The best thing is that they are usually packed with hidden vegetables such as zucchini and spinach. Sneaky, but the best kind of healthy! I recommend trying “Healthy Zucchini Brownies” by ifoodreal – see recipe here.
No Bake Oatmeal Bites. These are fabulous for your high energy toddler. The best part about oatmeal bites is that they are fast and easy to make, and you don’t have to bake them! Check out this recipe on Learning Momma.
Rolled Up Banana and Peanut Butter. These are great if your child loves peanut butter. Buy a pack of mini whole wheat wraps, spread on some peanut butter and roll up a banana in it. You can cut it in half for easy eating. They taste good and they are healthy for your child.
Sugar-Free Date Oatmeal Cookies. Let’s face it, children could live off of cookies. So how about making a healthy alternative instead of those sugary ones you dread buying at the store. Check out Caroline’s Cooking for her Sugar-Free Date Oatmeal Cookies recipe here.