Do you have trouble finding healthy toddler snacks your child will actually eat? I know I do! I get so bored with my daughters snacks sometimes, I hate to give her the same ol’ thing everyday so I try and find at least 5 different snacks to put into the rotation each week. I try to add a new one in each week so I don’t feel so overwhelmed with making her menu. These are my 5 Healthy Toddler Snacks that we are loving right now!
This is a new favorite in our house. My daughter loves the crunchiness of this snack and the smaller seeds are fun for her to pick up and enjoy. The measurements aren’t an exact science in this recipe, so feel free to add more or less of any ingredient.
2 pinches of freeze dried strawberries…..Look for ones that strawberries are the only ingredient. I tend to not use so much of these since it is higher in sugar but these are a great source of fiber and protein.
¼ cup roasted unsalted sunflower seeds…. These are a great source of good fat, contains fiber and protein with no sugar.
1-2 Tbsps Organic Raisins…. These are another great source of fiber but it is also high in sugar so less is probably best.
This is a classic snack for me, it’s just oh so easy and no prep work is needed which is a win in my book!
Rice Cake…..Try looking for an organic brown rice version that is salt free.
Almond butter or organic peanut butter.
Break the rice cake into smaller bite sized pieces and place a dollop of butter of choice on the plate for easy dipping or smear the butter on the smaller pieces. Either way this is a delicious easy snack!
These crunchy delights are oh so yummy and the possibilities are endless when it comes to seasoning. We have tried just plain salt and honey/cinnamon and both are big hits with our daughter. These also are a great source of fiber and protein.
Two 14 oz cans of Organic chickpeas aka garbanzo beans
2 Tbsps Olive Oil*
Dash of salt to taste**
*you can sub out olive oil for honey
**you can sub out salt with cinnamon
Preheat oven to 400. Rinse and drain the beans, remove any loose skins and place on paper towel to dry for ½ hour. Line cookie sheet with foil, spread evenly. Bake for 40 min (may vary based on oven.) Basically you want the beans to be crunchy but not burnt. Mix beans, olive oil and salt in bowl and enjoy!
If you try the honey recipe, place the beans back in the oven for another 5 min after coating with honey and cinnamon.
What kid doesn’t like popsicles, am I right?! We make these when the weather starts to warm up, it’s a great outside snack since you probably won’t care as much when the pop melts. This recipe is so easy with only 4 ingredients and not to mention healthy. I use cake pop trays to make these but you can use any other popsicle holder you have on hand. If you are using cake pop tray, you will also need sticks like these
1 cup frozen or fresh fruit (use whatever is in season, my favorite is strawberry)
½ cup coconut milk
1 teaspoon maple syrup or honey for sweetness
½ teaspoon vanilla
Mix ingredients in blender until smooth, fill the cake pop tray or popsicle form of your choosing. Place in freezer, after an hour of being in the freezer place the sticks in the forms. The pops will be frozen and ready for your child’s delight in about 3 hours.
Chocolate Chia Pudding
This is a delicious dessert using whole ingredients. The use of chia seeds is amazing since this power seed is so healthy. Here is an article describing their benefits.
2 cups almond or coconut milk
½ cup chia seeds
¼ cup creamy peanut or almond butter
¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
6 medjool dates
2 Tbsps honey or maple syrup (optional for sweetness)
½ Tsp vanilla
Blend everything except chia seeds until smooth. Hand mix in the chia seeds and place in ramekins or bowls. Place in refrigerator for 4 hours.
I hope you enjoyed these healthy toddler snack ideas! Leave me a comment and let me know which you want to try or if you have any other favorites that you make!