Finding yourself feeding your toddler the same ol’ snacks day in, day out? We’ve put together a fun list of 20 healthy toddler snacks that are bound to please even the fussiest of toddlers.
When it comes to snacks, think of them as mini-meals. Stick to a schedule, make sure they’re eaten at the table (if you’re at home) and try to keep them as balanced as possible with a good amount of protein, carbohydrates and good fats in each snack. It’s also a great way to fill in any nutritional gaps e.g. if they had cereal with milk for breakfast, their first snack can be a hardboiled egg for protein or a bowl of fruits for carbohydrates.
These healthy snacks are great for keeping toddlers satiated and energised until their next meal and are even great for when you’re out and about. Even having your toddler be involved in prepping (e.g. cutting the banana with a butter knife) and serving their own snacks encourages them to try it which is an ideal scenario for both the fussy eater and the parent.
20 Healthy Toddler Snacks
TODDLER SNACK #1: HUMMUS WITH VEGETABLES
Hummus can be paired with just about any vegetable: carrots, cucumbers, celery, snap peas, peppers etc to make a filling and balanced snack.
TODDLER SNACK #2: CHEESE, CRACKERS AND GRAPES
Another shortcut snack, simply cube cheese and serve with crackers and chopped grapes. The cheese is filled with protein, calcium and vitamins, and the grapes are a great vitamin C source.
TODDLER SNACK #3: CELERY AND NUT BUTTER
Cut and fill celery sticks with a nut butter of your choice. You can even top them with raisins so it looks like little ants on a log.
TODDLER SNACK #4: SOFT GRANOLA BARS
Soft granola bars are practically a winning snack. Oats, peanut butter and maple syrup or honey make up the bulk of it. The rest is up to you – you can customise your soft granola bars to what your toddler enjoys eating: raisins, cacao nibs, nuts, seeds etc.
TODDLER SNACK #5: YOGHURT WITH FRUITS
Unsweetened yoghurt with fresh fruit is a great way to pack in the calcium and vitamins, and takes no time to put together either.
TODDLER SNACK #6: APPLE AND NUT BUTTER
Get creative and build apple sandwiches with rings of apples and a creamy nut butter in between. The kids can jazz it up and put chocolate chips, nuts or raisins in between too.
TODDLER SNACK #7: FRESH FRUITS
Place a variety of cut up fruits on a plate so that they can have a taste of everything. Alternatively, you can make mini fruit kebabs to keep it fun!
Note: Please make sure you cut the fruits (including blueberries and grapes) into smaller sizes to avoid choking.
TODDLER SNACK #8: FRESH VEGETABLES
Like the fresh fruits, place a variety of steamed vegetables on a plate so that your toddler can have a taste of everything. It’s a great way to encourage them to try new vegetables.
TODDLER SNACK #9: NUT BUTTER ON RICE/OAT CAKES
Nut butter on rice or oat cakes provides a good source of energy, protein and healthy fats. If you want to make it into an activity, provide sliced up fruits or dried fruits for them to decorate their rice cakes! You can also swap out the nut butter for cream cheese and jam.
TODDLER SNACK #10: BOILED EGG AND SOLDIERS
Aka strips of buttered toast with a medium boiled egg. Eggs are a great source of protein and the wholegrain toast is an energy-releasing carbohydrate. Plus your toddler will have a bunch of fun dipping their toast into the runny yolk and making a mess.
TODDLER SNACK #11: SMOOTHIES
A fun way to get the little one involved in the kitchen.. You can make a combination: berries and spinach, banana and peanut butter, strawberries and mango – the list is endless here!
TODDLER SNACK #12: FROZEN GREEK YOGHURT DROPS
Place small blobs of unsweetened full fat greek yoghurt with fresh fruit on top on greaseproof paper and place in the freezer for a few hours. Beware, these can become messy!
TODDLER SNACK #13: HARD BOILED EGGS
Hard boiled eggs are a great protein packed snack and can be made in bulk at the beginning of the week so you can have them readily on hand. You can slice them up and serve with ryvita or they can be eaten plain.
TODDLER SNACK #14: CHUNKY MONKEY FROZEN BITES
Mix together unsweetened greek yoghurt, mashed bananas and peanut butter and place in cupcake liners. Top each one with nuts, banana slices and chocolate chips or cacao nibs before placing in the freezer.
TODDLER SNACK #15: MONSTER COOKIE ENERGY BALLS
These monster cookie energy balls, like the soft granola bars, may not be strictly healthy but they still use ingredients that will keep your little butterball going. Combine peanut butter, oats, honey/maple syrup,and your choice of extras (dried fruits like dates and raisins, chocolate chips/smarties, cereals like cornflakes or fruity pebbles, desiccated coconut) in a large bowl and get your toddler to mix it up. Roll into balls and place in the fridge for a while to set.
TODDLER SNACK #16: BANANA SUSHI
Spread a nut butter of your choice, or nutella for a treat, on a wholewheat tortilla and top with a whole banana. Roll it, slice it and ta-da, banana sushi is ready to eat!
TODDLER SNACK #17: FROZEN BANANA YOGHURT POPS
This is a great snack for the warmer months. Cut a banana in half, place on a popsicle stick, dip in yoghurt and finish off with toppings of your choice: sprinkles, chocolate chips, coconut etc. Easy, cheap and a fun snack.
TODDLER SNACK #18: BROCCOLI CHEESE CUPS
Struggling to get them to eat their greens? Well, these broccoli cheese cups are your answer. You’ll just need to mix together broccoli, cheese, crackers, an egg and some seasoning, and place in the oven to cook. They’re a great snack for adults too!
TODDLER SNACK #19: CARROT STAR BITES
These carrot star bites make for a good snack as they have a good balance of carbs, dairy, protein and veggies, plus they are freezer friendly too!
TODDLER SNACK #20: GUACAMOLE WITH TOAST/CRISPS/CRACKERS/VEGETABLES
Guacamole is a fantastic, versatile snack and all you’ll need is avocados, coriander, salt (garlic salt is even better) and lime. You can serve it on toast or with crackers/crisps/vegetables as a lovely healthy snack. If your little one doesn’t enjoy the little bits of raw onion and coriander, you can mash these up finely with a pestle and mortar before adding the avocado.
And there you have it, 20 snack ideas to keep even the fussiest of toddlers happy! What snacks have you tried from the above list or what ones do you recommend? Let us know in the comment section below!