Since it’s practically impossible for toddlers to eat as much as they need at mealtimes, nourishing snacks are needed to fill in the nutritional gaps – and to keep those little tummies filled up. Need some healthy snack ideas? Try these the next time your toddler is hankering for a bite to eat:
Fruit & Cheese Skewers
A fun and healthy snack. Any way to get the little ones to consume their daily quota of fruits and dairy.
Recipe: Taste of Home
If you have a juice blender, these should be a breeze. Toss everything in, blend and add on a crazy straw to make it more appealing for tots.
Recipe: Super Healthy Kids
Fruit Yoghurt Popsicles
Fun to make, popsicles never fail to grab the attention of the children. So instead of just food colouring, sugar and water, why not make a healthier version by using yoghurt?
Recipe: Betty Crocker
A hit with the kids, these little savoury, cheesy triangles are not only healthy but super delicious.
Crackers & Hummus
The great thing about hummus is that it can always be made in bulk and frozen for a later date. It makes a great sandwich spread and dip.
Recipe: Inspired Taste
Baked Sweet Potato Wedges
Nothing says comfort better than a batch of freshly baked potatoes – the healthier alternative, would be to opt for sweet potatoes. It can be served just the same, with blue cheese dips, yoghurt dips and so on. The funkier the shapes of the wedges cut out, the more appealing it may be for the tots.
Recipe: Food Network
Dipping food is always a crowd-pleaser among children. There’s no reason healthy food can’t be fun at the same time. Whip up some sweet and healthy pumpkin dip with anything from cut fruit, pita chips, or even some veggies and let them do the work.
Keeping it simple usually works for toddlers at this age. There are plenty of delicious recipes for roasted chickpeas. All you need is a little olive oil and a mild seasoning of your choice and it’s all set to go in the oven.
Recipe: Steamy Kitchen
Chips don’t have to be unhealthy. Try baking kale, which is extremely packed with anti-oxidants and vitamins but can still hold the crisp of a chip. With some oil and seasoning, the chips could end up being a snack favorite.
Recipe: Keeper of the Home
There are lots of granola bars available in supermarkets already but making your own will be cheaper and probably healthier. Customise your choice of ingredients to taste. Mix some oats, oil, honey or peanut butter together in a saucepan, pour it over baking sheet and let cool until ready to cut and serve. These make for easy on-the-go snack sessions too!
Recipe: Heavenly Homemakers
This single ingredient classic is incredibly simple but satisfying. Add a choice of veggies or it keep it plain with a sprinkle of salt. Either way, this snack can be a deliciously simple source of protein.
Pita Bread Nachos
Make a healthy nacho alternative using baked pita bread and a sprinkling of cheese to make for hot delectable munchies.
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