Thursday, July 10, 2014

WE EAT | Healthy Toddler Snacks

My kids snack all day.  We don't eat a lot at one meal sitting, and sometimes hardly at all - therefore snacking is our favorite hobby.  Parker is always (and I mean always) hungry.  If the girl moves to a 'hungry' state, we are all in for it.  The struggle is real, folks.

I've been meaning to write this post forever and a day - its probably been sitting as a draft for months, and I kept adding to it as the days went by and as we came up with something else that we enjoyed as a snack.  We started snacks when Parker and Jolie were around 8 months old.  We offered things like puffs, and the yogurt melts to start, and then moved to more 'real' foods as they approached the 1-year mark.  Goldfish, crackers, whole milk Greek yogurt, diced up soft fruits (strawberries, grapes, banana), and applesauce.

I've had a plethora of requests for gluten-free/dairy-free (surprisingly a lot of dairy free) options as meals and snacks, and I came to realize how much dairy we actually consume (Not only Parker and Jolie, but as a family).  I've done my best to include dairy-free options, so hopefully this will be found helpful to my momma's with babies that have a lactose intolerance or allergy.  
   
Healthy Toddler Snacks
  • wheat thins crackers with string cheese
  • sprouted toast bites with peanut butter
  • Snap Pea Crisps (we eat these by the gallon
  • kettle corn (older babies are best for this one- use close supervision)
  • popcorn  (older babies are best for this one- use close supervision)
  • rice cakes with diced avocado
  • goldfish & raisins (mixed together in snack cup)
  • hard boiled egg
  • fresh berries tossed in Greek yogurt
  • 100% fruit pops (frozen)
  • Greek yogurt tube (frozen) - such as Chobani Champions
  • apple slices with cheddar cubes
  • banana slices with & peanut butter - 'sandwiches'
  • whole milk cottage cheese with mandarin oranges
  • Chex cereal with dried cranberries (mixed together in snack cup)
  • 'ants on a log' : celery sticks spread with peanut butter and topped with raisins
  • graham cracker (sticks) and cinnamon applesauce
  • corn tortilla chips and home made bean dip (HERE - without the chipotle for the babes)
  • carrot, bell pepper, & celery sticks with sweet potato hummus (HERE)
  • corn tortilla chips with guacamole (HERE)
  • whole grain tortilla spread with cream cheese and fruit preserves, sliced thin
  • cucumber slices - cut thick - and ranch dressing for dipping
  • honey wheat pretzel sticks with sliced swiss cheese
  • sliced grapes & strawberries 
  • whole grain goldfish & honey nut Cheerios (mixed together in a snack cup)
  • diced dried apricots tossed with popcorn
  • whole grain tortilla, spread thin with peanut butter, sprinkled with low fat granola - rolled tight and sliced
  • Snack Kabobs: cheese cubes and grape halves on skinny pretzel sticks
  • Oatmeal Raisin Bars (HERE)
  • corn tortilla chips & plain hummus
  • corn tortilla sprinkled with mozzarella and melted for 15 seconds in the microwave
  • Baked Veggie Chips (HERE) with Roasted Beet Hummus (HERE)
  • whole wheat pita bread triangles with hummus or spinach dip
  • edamame (shelled) 
  • fresh whole green beans with light ranch for dipping
  • peanut butter mixed with yogurt & rice cakes for dipping
  • Garlic Parmesan Baked Chickpeas (HERE
  • yogurt covered raisins
  • diced cantaloupe with cottage cheese
  • apple slices & almond butter
  • frozen purple grapes (our FAV for summer)
  • strawberries dipped in greek yogurt
  • mini toasted waffles and applesauce for dipping
  • Almond Milk Mini Smoothies (1/2 c plain almond milk, 1/2 banana, 4 strawberries)
  • cherry tomatoes with low fat ranch dressing
  • No Bake Energy Balls (HERE)
  • Yogurt Covered Blueberries (HERE)
  • whole grain goldfish & sliced green grapes




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3 comments:

Kristy Mays said...

I love this list! I feel like I give G the same snacks everyday. This is a great way to help me mix it up!She and I both thank you for this :)

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Meredith Amber said...

This is fantastic! Thank you! ;)

Rebecca said...

Awesome list. Thank you for the dairy-free options!

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