Life is busy, and sometimes it’s just too hard to find the time and energy to always come up with easy & healthy snack ideas for your toddler. Isn’t it? This is why I gathered some delicious, quick & nutritious options for you to add to your toddler’s menu! This may make your life just a bit easier. 😉
Easy & healthy snack ideas for toddlers
The main food groups are fruits, vegetables, grains, protein foods, and dairy. I made sure to include excellent snack ideas in most categories, so you can always refer back to this list and put together a delightful healthy meal for your toddler.
Fruits & Vegetables
Fresh fruit: Banana, apple, pineapple, kiwi, orange, mandarin, grape, blueberry, cranberry, blackberry, plum, pear, papaya, melon, grapefruit, peach, strawberry, watermelon, and the list goes on.
Dried fruit: Raisins, prunes, apricots, cranberries, etc.
Pureed fruit: You can puree any fruit that you want, right? But the one that you can easily find ready to go in stores and with no sugar added is applesauce.
Raw vegetables: Baby carrots, celery or broccoli with greek yogurt sauce.
Fruit or vegetable muffins: I love making banana muffins or blueberry muffins for my little guys. They enjoy them a lot. Another one we love making is a zucchini muffin from my fellow blogger, Leigh Ann Chatagnier’s cookbook, First Bites.
Gerber Yogurt Melts: My kids love Gerber yogurt melts. The best thing about them is that they’re a real fruit + real yogurt snack. So there you have dairy and fruits in one snack alone. They have no preservatives, artificial sweeteners or artificial flavors. And if your little one if learning how to feed themselves, this finger food snack can really help them master those skills!
Cheese: Well, this one is pretty basic. You can serve cottage cheese, part-skim mozzarella or basically any kind of cheese you want. What I love to do is sprinkle some shredded mozzarella on top of banana slices, melt the cheese on the microwave and top it with cinnamon. De-lish!
Whole-grain-rich cereal snack: There are tons of options out there, but Gerber Puffs have a sweet spot in our hearts. They melt in baby’s mouth, and they have several vitamins and minerals to help support your toddler’s healthy growth and development.
Even my 3-year-old loves snacking the Gerber Puffs.
Whole wheat toast or tortilla: I usually serve these with peanut butter (here’s your protein food). When I serve tortilla with peanut butter, I also cut up some fresh bananas and make a roll. Pssst… but this is one of my own favorites!
Gerber Lil’ Crunchies: Those are a baked whole grain corn snack that offers 5g of whole grains per serving. They’re non-GMO and super easy to chew and swallow.
Keeping the little ones healthy and well-nourished
I hope you like these ideas and I truly believe they will make your life easier! Snacks are an essential part of our toddler’s nutrition, so we better get them to eat some good food.
Can I just share with you some extremely important facts about toddler nutrition? I had no idea about these and was really surprised when I found out. I want to make sure that other mamas get to know this so they can act on it in their own homes!
Did you know that:
- our little ones (8-24 month-olds) get about 25-30% of their daily calories from snacks? I had no idea! This is a lot, which means snacking is almost as powerful as any other meal.
- 1/3 of 8-24-month-olds are not eating whole grains on a given day. If you asked me, I’d probably say my kiddos eat plenty of whole grains and I don’t think there’s a day when they don’t have any. Let’s spread the word about this!
- 90% of 2 and 3-year-olds fall short on MyPlate recommendations for whole grains.
I’m so glad I have the opportunity to share such vital information on my blog. It fills my heart to know that this little corner of the internet can impact someone else’s life and even their kids’.
Please, share with me down in the comment section what your favorite easy & healthy snack ideas for toddlers are! Or even if you just have a new favorite that you found in this post!