Monday, November 9, 2009

Healthy Snackin' Habits For Toddlers & You!

I spend a lot of time with and caring for my beloved nephews, Nick & Jake, and I enjoy every minute of it. The boys used to be rather picky eaters, and I knew that as a primary caretaker, that I needed to help guide them into healthier eating habits that would be beneficial to them and to myself. I'm a serial snacker, and its important for me to make healthy food choices because I need all the energy I can get to keep up with these little guys and my other 5 kids when they come home from school. I've got a list of several of our favorites to share. These snacks will not only please the finicky taste buds of your toddler but will also provide a slew of nutrients and energy to help meet your needs. These treats score high when it comes to ease of preparation as well as taste appeal for both parent/caretaker and toddlers, and even the older kids, too. Rest assured, the snack suggestions that I've listed do not contain any foods that your toddler might choke on, so long as you don't cut up the pieces too small:
  •  Hot (lukewarm, depending on age) chocolate and vanilla wafers.
  • Peeled pear slices with cubed mozzarella cheese.
  • Thinly sliced Colby cheese on whole grain Triscuit crackers.
  • Cottage cheese mixed with canned, sliced peaches.
  • Fruit smoothie: In blender, combine 1 carton yogurt, 1 cup orange juice, 1 banana, and 10 frozen strawberries. Freeze leftovers in popsicle molds for another snack.
  • Layer instant vanilla pudding, blueberries, and toasted oat cereal in a clear glass for a parfait.
  • Turkey, cheese, and tortilla roll ups: Microwave until steamy hot, then slice in pinwheel shape for a fun finger food. Let cool before eating.
  • Toasted whole grain bagel spread thinly with peanut butter and served with a glass of milk.
  • Toasted cinnamon bread and orange juice.
  • Banana slices drizzled lightly with chocolate syrup.
Complete the treat with a good nap time story and perhaps you both can catch up on some well-deserved rest!

*** Be sure to check with your Pediatrician regarding toddlers, nuts (nut butters), and food allergies.


  1. Thank you for these great recipe ideas! I think the best way to teach your kids to eat well is to not make it about "diets" or good or bad food but eating lots of different types of healthy foods on a daily basis. Some of these recipes I hadn't thought of before I can't wait to start using them!

  2. Getting little ones to enjoy healthy food is really hard so thanks for the good ideas!


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