It can be challenging to create healthy snacks that your toddler will actually enjoy. One day toddlers will love the food you make and the next day they are spitting it out and throwing it on the floor. We know how tough it can be, so we wanted to give you a couple snack ideas you can try next time your little one is hungry!
1. Avocado toast on whole grain bread. This snack is not only quick and easy, but it’s also very nutritious for your growing toddler. Avocados are packed with fiber, magnesium, B vitamins, vitamin E, vitamin K, and folate. These nutrients help support your immune system, bone health, and overall growth. Adding avocados to whole grain bread will give this snack the extra health boost it deserves! Whole grains are nutrient dense and lowers the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.
2. Fruit and vegetable smoothies. Smoothies are a great go-to snack for all age groups! Depending on the type of fruit (and vegetables) you add to it, they are loaded with vitamins, minerals, fiber, and protein! Do you have trouble getting your little one to eat their vegetables? Smoothies are great way to sneak those nutrients in by adding spinach, kale, zucchini, or any other vegetable you have in the kitchen. The best part… your toddler won’t even realize it!
3. Hummus & whole grain crackers. Whether you prepare this yourself or buy store bought, hummus is a great snack that packs lots of nutrients for your child! It’s a great source for protein which serves as a building block for healthy bones and muscles. Hummus is also packed with iron, potassium, vitamin B6 and vitamin E. Not to mention, it has a low glycemic index, which helps regulate blood sugar levels!
4. Sliced apples with all-natural peanut butter (or any nut butter). Remember
the saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”? Well, it’s true! Apples are
loaded with a TON of vitamins, healthy carbs, and antioxidants– which helps improve the immune system to keep your child healthy. Make this snack a little more fun and dip it in an all-natural peanut butter for added protein. When buying peanut butter, avoid added sugars and hydrogenated vegetable oils. Want to take this yummy snack to the next level? Sprinkle your apple slices with cinnamon to help lower bad cholesterol, control blood sugar levels, reduce blood pressure, and so much more!
5. Larabars are a delicious treat and involves no extra work for you! Located in the granola bar aisle at the grocery store, Larabars have several different flavors to choose from! With 100% real ingredients, they are vegan and only contains a few ingredients total! Dates are their main ingredient, which eliminates the need for added sugar. Dates are a natural source of fiber, supports healthy iron levels, and
is a natural antioxidant!