Snacks are an important part of your toddler’s diet. Pre-packaged snacks are full of artificial ingredients and additives, neither of which are good for your growing toddler. Our selection of healthy and nutritious toddler snacks will work well to keep your toddler satisfied between meals. You can also personalize these toddler snacks by substituting ingredients if your toddler does not like or is allergic to one we mention. We have included snacks that take a minimal amount of preparation, since life as the parent of a toddler is filled with activity.
1 apple, cored, but not peeled
Granola or crushed coconut
Mix the peanut butter, raisins, and wheat germ with enough honey that the mixture holds together. Stuff the apple and top with coconut or crushed granola. Your toddler can use a spoon to scoop out the center or cut the apple in halves or fourths to make eating easier.
Ants on a Log
Celery sticks or bananas cut lengthwise
Peanut butter or cream cheese
Toppings: raisins, nuts, seeds, or granola
Top the celery sticks or bananas with either peanut butter or cream cheese and whatever topping your toddler prefers. Younger toddlers usually eat the bananas easier than they do the celery sticks.
1/4 cup each of:
1 Tablespoon honey
3 Tablespoons peanut butter
Mix all the ingredients and roll into balls. Make sure the balls are small to prevent the possibility of choking.
1 medium sized banana – peeled
Plain, vanilla, or fruit flavored yogurt
½ cup crushed granola
Dip banana in your choice of yogurt. Roll the banana in crushed granola and place in the freezer in a bag. If your toddler does not like eating very cold food, these can be eaten without freezing.
Trail Mix for Toddlers
Carob or yogurt chips
Roasted soy “nuts”
Choose and mix those items your toddler likes.
Crackers with Apple sauce Spread
Graham Crackers, low-sodium Ritz or saltines, pita chips, or plain rice cakes
Mix cinnamon, raisins, and wheat germ with the applesauce. Spread over your choice of crackers. Use any type of pureed fruit you wish.
Use these dipping sauces with bite sized pieces of fruit or crunchy vegetable sticks.
Peanut and Yogurt Dip
¼ cup plain or vanilla yogurt
4 tablespoons peanut butter
Mix yogurt and peanut butter and drizzle honey on top.
Blueberry Yogurt Dip
¼ cup plain or vanilla yogurt
4 tablespoons all-natural blueberry preserves
Mix yogurt and preserves.
Apple Yogurt Dip
1 cup plain or vanilla yogurt
1/2 cup Natural applesauce
Mix yogurt and applesauce until blended.
Easy Toddler Smoothie
1 cup of your toddler’s favorite 100% pure fruit juice (apple works well)
1 cup plain, vanilla, or fruit flavored yogurt (no fruit on the bottom)
Mix fruit juice and yogurt in a lidded container by shaking until it is well mixed. Makes two ½ cup servings.
Make sure your toddler is sitting upright when eating snack foods. Additionally, make sure foods are eaten in small bites and chewed completely to avoid choking. Remember to consider your toddler’s size, maturity, and food preferences when choosing snacks. Healthy snacks are an important part of your child’s diet and with thoughtful consideration, you can provide nutritious foods your toddler will enjoy eating.