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If you’re feeling lost on what healthy food to feed your toddler throughout the day, look no further. This post lists 30 healthy toddler snacks that are simple and easy and will make feeding your toddler feel effortless!
SOMETIMES WE JUST NEED A LITTLE HELP
I decided to write this post half for myself and half for you guys. I needed some ideas and inspiration and I figured you guys might need some help too!
What did I need help with?
Well, I have really been struggling in the food department lately when it comes to my 20-month-old. Honestly, food has always been a sore subject with my daughter because she doesn’t really like it very much. Weird, I know.
I breastfed her almost 100% exclusively aside from a few fruit and veggie purees here and there until after she turned a year old and she started warming up to the idea of food a little bit. Even then, she still preferred to nurse and because she was chunky and healthy I didn’t force the issue.
Now she’s almost two and our breastfeeding journey is inevitably going to be ending very soon and with that comes with so much anxiety. I need to make sure she is getting enough to eat throughout the day but I’m finding it hard to come up with healthy snack ideas.
I decided to turn my healthy toddler snacks hunt into a blog post so anyone else who is struggling with toddler snack ideas and needs some help can benefit from it too!
EFFORTLESS SNACKS WAS THE GOAL
Okay, maybe “effortless” is little dramatic. Most of these healthy toddler snacks will require a tiny bit of effort on your part to prepare and serve.
However, I did make a point of asking myself if I ( a horrible cook) would be able to make each recipe or snack easily to make sure I was choosing the most simple and easy recipes.
All the healthy toddler snacks listed below you can either pre-make and serve later or just grab and go.
WHY SNACKS AND NOT MEALS?
The reason I decided to round-up healthy toddler snacks and not full on meals was that my daughter usually just eats bits of what I am eating for dinner, so all that left was breakfast, lunch, and snacks. And what is a healthy toddler breakfast or lunch anyway but a combination of snacks?
So my goal was to find healthy snacks I could serve my daughter easily and quickly throughout the day whether on their own or made into a meal. I didn’t want anything that took more than 15 minutes to make or prepare.
If that sounds like something you’re looking for as well then this is the post for you my friend!
30 HEALTHY TODDLER SNACKS THAT ARE SIMPLE & EASY
PRECUT FRUITS AND VEGGIES
My daughter’s favorite thing to eat, and sometimes the only thing she will eat, is fresh fruits and veggies. There is really no better or healthier snack to feed your toddler than fruits and veggies!
The only problem is that most of the time fresh or raw fruits and vegetables can be a choking hazard. I don’t know about you, but I am so paranoid about my daughter choking and I will not give her any food that even poses a slight choking risk. (Of course, with toddler older than two you don’t have to worry as much.)
That means that you have to chop or dice any fruit or veggie you want to give your toddler which takes time and makes giving your toddler fruits and veggies a hassle.
So what’s the solution?
Precut fruits and veggies and store them in the fridge or freezer! Most fruits and veggies can be stored in the fridge after they are cut for 3-5 days and stored in the freezer for up to a year.
The Pinning Mama posted a wonderful list of great fruits and veggies for toddlers. Next to the fruit or veggie is the recommended way of serving.
- Bananas, chopped
- Strawberries, finely chopped
- Blueberries cut into 1/4-1/8 size
- Raspberries, chopped
- Blackberries, chopped
- Peaches, finely chopped
- Apples, cooked until soft and finely chopped
- Pears, very ripe or cooked until soft and finely chopped
- Oranges, remove skin and chop
- Watermelon, finely chopped
- Cantaloupe, very ripe and finely chopped
- Honey Dew Melon, very ripe and finely chopped
- Grapes, cut into 1/4 size (NEVER whole)
- Plums, very ripe and finely chopped
- Prunes, soak in warm water until plump and finely chop
- Avocados, very ripe and chopped
- Tomatoes, very ripe or cooked until soft and finely chopped
- Cherries, pitted, very ripe and finely chopped
- Mango, very ripe and finely chopped
- Pineapple, very ripe and finely chopped
- Carrots, well cooked and finely diced
- Corn, well cooked and off the cob
- Black beans, well cooked
- Green Beans, well cooked and finely diced
- Sweet Potatoes, well cooked and finely diced
- Butternut squash, well cooked and finely diced
- Zucchini Squash, well cooked and finely diced
- Pumpkin- well cooked and finely diced
- Cauliflower, well cooked and finely diced
- Broccoli, well cooked and finely diced
- Chickpeas, well cooked and finely diced
- Lentils, well cooked
- Beets, well cooked and finely diced
- Peppers, well cooked and finely diced
- Potatoes, well cooked and finely diced
- Eggplant, well cooked and finely diced
PRE-MADE TODDLER SNACKS
One option for healthy toddler snacks is pre-making recipes in batches and storing them for use throughout the week. Below are some recipes for healthy muffins, pancakes, cookies etc that you can make ahead of time and serve up quickly when needed!
One thing my daughter has always been a fan of is candy and sweets. This is really unfortunate considering how hard I tried to avoid giving them to her. But life happens and things change and once your child gets a taste of sugar there’s no going back!
However, I can do my best to serve her healthy sweet snacks instead of processed, crappy junk. Right? (LOL)
Keep in mind most of the recipes below take time to prepare, so you will have to make them ahead of when you’ll want to serve them to your toddler.
QUICK TO WHIP UP
Sometimes life gets too crazy and you’re not as prepared as you wish you were. If that’s the case, the recipes below take no more than 15 minutes to whip up and are still healthy!
20. BANANA TOAST
21. AVACADO TOAST
23. MINI PB & J
GRAB AND GO
As much as I wish I could make all my toddlers snacks from scratch, that’s just not realistic. I am going to take a wild guess and say I am not the only mama out there running short on time and energy. Sometimes we just need some healthy toddler snacks to give our babes that we can just grab and go!
24. TRAIL MIX
25. DRIED FRUIT
Dried fruit is such a great toddler snack, just make sure the pieces are not too big for your toddler to chew.
Of course, not all crackers are created equal. Try looking for organic, healthier crackers if at all possible. I like the organic mini whole wheat crackers from Trader Joe’s!
27. FRUIT POUCHES
Fruit pouches are great toddler snacks that you can just throw in your diaper bag when you’re on the go.
28. VEGGIE STRAWS
My daughter loves veggie straws! I love them too because they melt in her mouth so quickly and I don’t have to worry about her choking.
Popsicles are the best healthy toddler snack for summer. There are even tons of recipes for healthy popsicles you can make at home!
30. FIG BARS
Fig bars sound like something kids would hate, but my daughter loves them! They are easy for her to chew and easy for me because they come in a box.
That’s the end of the list, but if you have any more ideas for healthy toddler snacks please share them in the comments below!