Parenting involves a multitude of responsibilities, and one of the most daunting tasks for many is feeding toddlers. As a parent, especially when managing this alone, the responsibility of ensuring a child's nutrition often falls on a mother's shoulders.
Toddlers, known for their picky eating habits, can make mealtime a bit of a puzzle. Amidst these challenges, the advice passed down through generations often encourages indulgence, saying, "Let them eat, this is the time for enjoyment!" However, this mindset may inadvertently impact their long-term health and eating behaviours.
To counter this, I've discovered several saving options that have proven successful with my toddler, a routine I still maintain with my five-year-old. These snacks are not just easy to prepare, but they're also nutritious and loved by children of all ages.
Snacking for toddlers doesn't have to be dull or unhealthy! It's an opportunity to introduce them to nutritious, delicious treats that fuel their growing bodies. According to the CDC National Survey of Children’s Health, around 32.1% of children aged one to five did not consume a daily serving of fruit in the previous week. Parents must encourage the consumption of fruits and vegetables regularly to ensure a balanced diet for their little ones.
15 Nutritious Snack Ideas for Toddlers
- Fruit Kabobs: Skewer small pieces of colourful fruits like strawberries, bananas, and grapes.
- Dried Fruit Trail Mix: Combine dried raisins, cashews, almonds, peanuts, apricots, dates, and prunes for a sweet and healthy mix.
- Avocado Toast: Spread mashed avocado on whole-grain toast for a creamy and nutritious snack. Don't forget to add some chopped onions, tomatoes, salt and seasoning of your choice to increase their flavours.
- Steamed Veggies: Serve steamed cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, beetroots, or green beans cut into toddler-friendly sizes. You can either give them all together or a single vegetable at a time.
- Vegetable Chip Slices: Bake thin slices of carrots, sweet potatoes, beetroots, or potatoes with a touch of vegetable oil for crispy chips, salt and chat masala. You can boil these vegetables before baking.
- Vegetable Sauce Dip With Bread: A delicious dip made from Hung curd with chopped vegetables like bell peppers, or shredded cucumber or carrots with some pizza seasoning. Give this yummy and healthy dip with breadsticks.
- Corn Salad: Children love boiled sweet corn, mix them with your choice of chopped vegetables and some seasoning lemon, and they will love it.
- Hummus with Veggie Sticks: Dip carrot, cucumber, or bell pepper sticks into homemade hummus for a protein-rich snack.
- Soft-Boiled Eggs: Soft-boiled eggs are an excellent source of protein and easy for toddlers to handle.
- Boiled or roasted chickpeas: Chickpeas are a great source of vegetarian protein. Find out what flavour your child likes and make the accordingly. Either you can boil and season them or have them roasted.
Whole Grain Treats
- Oats Cereal Snack Bar: Combine roasted rolled oats, honey, nuts, seeds, and dried fruit for a nutritious snack bar.
- Mini Pancakes: Make mini whole-grain pancakes served plain or with a topping of fresh fruit. Use oat flour or atta with banana or other fruit purees to make one for your little one.
Banana Cake or Bread: For a healthier alternative to traditional cakes, consider baking a banana cake. Utilize oat-based ingredients to craft cookies infused with raisins or chopped nuts, adding delightful texture and flavour.
- Fresh Yoghurt: Serve fresh yoghurt with no added sugar for a calcium-rich snack.
- Cottage cheese cubes: Cottage cheese is a good source of protein and calcium, essential for their growth and development. However, be mindful of any dairy allergies or lactose intolerance your toddler might have.
LOVE AND SUPPORT ALWAYS...!!