Parenting toddlers is a big job! Getting them to eat right is a feat in and of itself, but you (and your toddler) will love these easy toddler snacks!
Your busy and growing toddler loves to snack. In fact, your picky toddler probably loves snacks more than eating dinner and lunches. Don’t they?
I know mine sure does!
Well, your growing toddler also needs to snack a few times a day. Not just eat at regular meal times with the family.
Here are a few easy toddler snacks you can put together in just a few minutes.
Not only will you help your child fill his nutritional needs, but he’ll enjoy some of these fun ideas to keep him interested in healthier snack options, too!
8 Easy Toddler Snacks Your Toddler Will Love
Do you know your toddler’s nutritional needs? Get started with the MyPlate Plan Widget (below) to help determine how many servings of each food group to provide your toddler each day. P.S. – It’s totally free!
When you’re done, determine which of these easy toddler snacks will help fill the gaps for more balanced nutrition.
Ham and Cheese Crackers
Serve up crackers topped with cut up pieces of ham and cheese. It’s like homemade Lunchables … and if your kids are like mine, they’ll like the real cheese more than the highly processed stuff in those packages.
You can make these easy toddler snacks a bit more fun by cutting the meat and cheese into cute shapes using a cookie cutter or other food cutter. We like [easyazon_link identifier=”B00PEVEQ00″ locale=”US” nw=”y” nf=”y” tag=”ivsvabasaan0a-20″ cart=”n” cloak=”n” localize=”y” popups=”n”]these[/easyazon_link]and [easyazon_link identifier=”B078HHSQGW” locale=”US” nw=”y” nf=”y” tag=”ivsvabasaan0a-20″ cart=”n” cloak=”n” localize=”y” popups=”n”]these[/easyazon_link].
Word of caution: this can get a little messy!
Cut fruit and berries in bite-sized chunks your toddler can handle. Serve with a small bowl (or condiment dish) of yogurt. For this easy toddler snack, we chose Trader Joe’s Organic Vanilla Greek Yogurt.
Encourage your toddler to dip the fruit in the yogurt.
Your toddler will love the special treat while you’re increasing their intake of calcium, protein, and fruits for a more rounded and healthier snack.
Low Sugar Cereal
You’ll almost always find a box of low sugar cereal, like Cheerios, in my pantry. They’ve been a regular part of my toddler’s snacks because they’re not full of sugar and great for helping toddlers work on their pincer grasp and fine motor skills. It’s perfect to snack on either dry or with a little milk.
Dry cereal is also highly portable, making this easy toddler snack perfect for travel and on-the-go activities. Simply throw a serving in a Ziploc or reusable snack bag and toss it in your purse or diaper bag.
Veggies and Dip
Keep some cut up veggies in the fridge. Small pieces of carrot, peeled cucumber, celery as well as small sections of broccoli and cauliflower all make great finger food for toddlers. Make sure the pieces are very small to prevent choking or steam them to soften them up. Serve with a little ranch dressing if desired.
Peanut Butter Sandwich
A PB&J has been a snack staple for ages. Mix things up by toping the peanut butter with some thin slices of apple or banana instead of the jelly. Or try smearing the peanut butter on a tortilla. Add jelly and roll it up. Cut the rolled up tortilla into strips for a fun new way to eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
Quick Cheese Quesadilla
Place a soft tortilla on a microwave safe plate. Top one half with cheese and fold the other half over it. Microwave 30-60 seconds or until the cheese is melted. Cut into wedges and let it cool a little before serving.
Throw half a banana or some berries in a blender along with some vanilla yogurt and a splash of milk. Add a little ice if desired and blend until smooth. Serve in a sippy cup or with a straw for a quick fruit smoothie. Your toddler will love drinking a milkshake for a snack.
Give these fast, easy and healthy snack ideas for your toddler a try. By the way, these make great snacks for everyone else in the family as well – including mom.
A sandwich can be a healthy and delicious toddler snack. My son tends to LOVE sandwiches and because he also tends to be a picky eater, I can present his lunch to appear as though it’s a snack, and he’s more likely to eat it.
Couple it with cutting the sandwich into cute shapes, and you have an adorable snack you can fill with just about anything.
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Grab an EZPZ mat (they come in different sizes and shapes) and get some more fun toddler snack ideas from the book Making Mealtime EZPZ.
My youngest isn’t really a toddler anymore but if we cut her food into shapes she eats it much easier than if not 🙂 Love the little ham and cheese crackers
My toddler is pretty good about eating EVERYTHING! shapes don’t really excite him as much as the food itself
Yeah, my first just loved food (and still does) so I didn’t have to get all that creative. My second though … gotta mix it up and make it more fun lol
My kiddos love fruit, especially raspberries, I haven’t had them try it with dip. I’ll have to do that.
These are great ideas! My girls seem to live on pb&j sandwiches. They would love some fruit shapes!
These will come in handy when I take my son to the park. He gets snacky after running around for a bit. Thanks for sharing!
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