Coming up with healthy snack options for Berlin is a never ending quest in our home. Seeing as she eats non-stop, I have to be prepared to feed her around the clock. I whole heartedly believe in the grazing mentality for a child; allowing them to eat as they please, and eat several small portions, rather than sit down to a full meal. I trust a child’s natural intuition to eat when they are hungry, and its our job to provide them nutritious food options. But as easy as it sounds, its not so easy to come up with healthy options when your toddler is suddenly demanding food, or when you are busy out and about running errands. While the simple solution is to reach for a box of crackers or cheddar bunnies (believe me, I know!), its not providing our active toddler with the nutrients they need to sustain their ever so rapidly growing little bodies and brains.
I was recently in this snack snack rut; it was bananas, yogurt, and cheese for every meal. So I sat down and jotted a quick list of all my snack ideas so I could be better prepared. I have found it most helpful to review the list and prep her snacks in the evening. Then there is no full on toddler meltdown the next day when hunger strikes. It means less tantrums from her and fewer times being caught off guard for me. All in all, it has made our days go smoother.
Here is a roundup of my latest snack list. Please feel free to jump in and add your favorites, always loving to hear new ideas!
Apple Pizzas: Core an apple, slice, and top with almond butter and toppings of choice (granola, coconut flakes, slivered nuts, goji berries…)
Roasted fruit: top fruit of choice (peaches, plums bananas…) with butter and honey and bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes, top with yogurt and nuts
Steamed Veggies: boil an inch of water in a small pan, add veggies and steam for 5 minutes, top with butter and unsalted Herbamare
Ants on a log: cut celery sticks in half and top with sunflower butter and raisins
Veggie chips: slice any veggie (kale, carrots, sweet potatoes or zucchini) into thin slices, top with olive oil and parmesan cheese, and bake for approx 15 mins at 350 degrees
Frozen banana: dip banana in yogurt, roll in ground flax seed or blended walnuts and freeze
Almond butter banana: spread almond butter on banana and sprinkle with coconut flakes
Tomato surprise: slice cherry tomato in half, fill with cream cheese and top with small slice of avocado
Fruit skewers: alternate fruit with cheese on a wooden skewer
Frozen yogurt: mix yogurt with flax or chia or drizzle with honey and freeze (I freeze in reusable toddler snack packs)
Canned salmon topped with avocado (buy only wild Alaskan canned salmon)
Boiled Eggs: great to make a batch ahead and have on hand all week
Handful of sliced, organic, raw nuts: almonds, cashews, walnuts…
Raw Seeds: pumpkin, sesame, hemp…
Fresh figs topped with goat cheese or dried figs in off-season
Dried fruits: cranberries, mango, goji berries…(use sparingly as the sugar content is high and can damage toddler teeth)
Poached chicken: boil organic chicken with some bay leaves and garlic for approx 10 minutes
Frozen homemade waffles: here is a great buckwheat spinach recipe I make for Berlin all the time
Frozen homemade pancakes
Smoothies: here is a link to one of Berlin’s favs
Hopefully this list helps you prepare for your toddler’s never ending hunger. Once again, please feel free to add any snacks you and your little one love.