“Mommy, I’m hungry…” If I had a nickel for every time my son has said this shortly after we’ve eaten a meal, then I’d have enough money to hire a full-time chef to make sure there’s always food ready. Wouldn’t that be the dream, mamas? It’s difficult enough to have to prepare healthy meals for our families, but then the kids are just hungry again 5 minutes later. I’d kill for that metabolism! Regardless, it falls upon us to provide them with snacks that will fill them up, but still fuel their bodies – and it’s a bonus if it’s not time-consuming for us because we are busy enough as it is. If only it were that easy, right?
Healthy Snack Ideas for Toddlers
Raw Vegetables & Nut Butter- My kids absolutely love munching on carrots and other raw veggies. Of course, this didn’t come naturally, I had to fight for it by cutting out sugar and making sure that I offered them veggies regularly as snacks. Carrots and homemade ranch are one of their favorites right now!
Cinnamon Apples – These are such a great, and healthy dessert! They’re super easy to make, and they taste like a delicious, gourmet snack that you’d get at a restaurant.
Banana Protein Muffins – I don’t know about you, but we love using bananas when we bake. They add a great natural sweetness, and they’re very healthy. Bananas are full of amazing nutrients, and they are a fantastic substitute to adding sugar to baked goods!
Sliced Apples with Peanut Butter – These are a perfect snack for kiddos, with the nutrients that apples provide, combined with the healthy protein and fat that they can get from peanut butter. Just make sure to choose peanut butter with no sugar added- one of my favorite healthy snack ideas for toddlers!
Banana Spinach Muffins – These look absolutely fantastic, and my kids would love them. Adding spinach into baked goods is a great way to add extra veggies into their diets without having to fight about it. You can buy muffins like this too, but it is much cheaper (and healthier- no preservatives!) to make them on your own.
Banana Cereal Snacks – These are super easy to make, and they’re a great, healthy snack for the kids. The banana and the peanut butter will help keep them full for quite some time, minimizing the “I’m hungry!” claims that never seem to end.
What are your go-to easy snacks for the never-ending hunger machines known as toddlers? I’m gonna be so broke when they’re teenagers…