Quick And Easy Snacks For Your Toddler
Contributed by: Christine Steendahl of DineWithoutWhine.com
Your growing toddler needs to snack quite a few times a day in
addition to eating regular meals with the rest of the family.
Here are a few quick and easy snack ideas that you can put
together in just a few minutes. Your toddler will enjoy these
Ham and Cheese Crackers
Cut up some pieces of ham and cheese and serve them with some
crackers. If you want to make it fun, use a cookie cutter to
cut fun shapes out of the cheese.
Caution, this can get a little messy!
Cut up some fruit in bite size chunks and serve with a small
bowl of yogurt. Encourage your toddler to dip the fruit in the
yogurt. This is an easy way to get your toddler to eat a
serving of fruit, while also getting some extra calcium and
protein in his/her diet from the yogurt.
Low Sugar Cereal
I always keep a box of low sugar cereal like cheerios in my
pantry. They make a great snack with a little milk, or even
just a bowl of dry cereal. Dry cereal also make a great
take-along snack. Just throw a serving in a Ziploc bag and toss
it in your purse.
Veggies and Dip
Keep some cut up veggies in the fridge. Small pieces of carrot,
peeled cucumber, celery as well as small sections of broccoli
and cauliflower all make great finger food for toddlers. Make
sure the pieces are very small to prevent choking or steam them
to soften them up. Serve with a little ranch dressing if
Peanut Butter Sandwich
A PB&J has been a snack staple for ages. Mix things up by
toping the peanut butter with some thin slices of apple or
banana instead of the jelly. Or try smearing the peanut butter
on a tortilla. Add jelly and roll it up. Cut the rolled up
tortilla into strips for a fun new way to eat a peanut butter
and jelly sandwich.
Quick Cheese Quesadilla
Place a soft tortilla on a microwave safe plate. Top one half
with cheese and fold the other half over it. Microwave 30-60
seconds or until the cheese is melted. Cut into wedges and let
it cool a little before serving.
Throw half a banana or some berries in a blender along with
some vanilla yogurt and a splash of milk. Add a little ice if
desired and blend until smooth. Serve in a sippy cup or with a
straw for a quick fruit smoothie. Your toddler will love
drinking a milkshake for a snack.
Give these fast, easy and healthy snack ideas for your toddler
a try. By the way, these make great snacks for everyone else in
the family as well - including mom.
About The Author:
Christine Steendahl Is The Founder Of Dine
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