15+ Healthy Snacks My Toddler Loves!

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Sometimes I feel like I am being repetitive with the snacks that I give my one year old daughter.  It is really important to me for her to enjoy a variety of healthy foods.  I am constantly looking for new snack ideas to avoid her getting tired of the same old things.  Some days are a hit or miss, but we haven’t found anything that she refuses to eat yet.  I contribute this to starting her out with vegetables and fruits when she started on solids. We didn’t introduce anything sweet (other than naturally sweet fruits) before turning one.  I gave her as many new foods to try as I could as soon as I could.  Here are some snack ideas that my daughter loves. Some them you will have thought of and tried, but some of them maybe you haven’t.  Hopefully your little ones love them too!

Fruits

  • Melons – cantaloupe, honeydew, watermelon (my daughter’s favorite!)
  • Bananas
  • Strawberries
  • Kiwi
  • Pears
  • Cherries
  • Pineapple
  • Avocado – I simply cut into small pieces. I’m so happy that avocado is a favorite because it gives my daughter healthy fats important for her development.
  • Berries – blueberries, black berries, raspberries, mulberries. I LOVE that my daughter enjoys berries. They are so healthy and full of antioxidants.
  • Yonana – You guys, this is so awesome! This machine creates a healthy frozen treat from frozen bananas.  You simply add frozen bananas and any other fruit that you want. Our favorite is banana and peaches.  It comes with a little pamphlet with recipe ideas.

Vegetables

  • Frozen mixed vegetables – boiled until soft enough for the kiddo to eat.  I try to use fresh or frozen over canned fruits and vegetables as much as possible to avoid the extra sodium and sugar.  My daughter actually refuses to eat canned fruits (which I consider a mommy win!) because she is so used to fresh fruits.  I have to say I agree with her, fresh is so much better and healthier!
  • Cucumber – peeled and chopped
  • Bell pepper – red, yellow, and orange are the favorites. Green just isn’t naturally sweet enough.  Be careful to chop really small when first introducing this one. So nutritious! We eat lots of other veges for meals but these are some go-tos for snack time.



Protein

  • Beans – so far I’ve just given my daughter some canned no sodium added black beans rinsed in a strainer. Beans are a great source of protein.
  • Banana and peanut butter – I smash up a banana and mix in a small amount of peanut butter for a change of taste and added protein.  Be careful not to make the consistency too thick for baby to swallow. I add just enough to change the texture a bit.  My daughter feeds this to herself, great practice with a spoon even though it is really messy!

Carbohydrates/Grains

  • Plain cheerios in a bowl of milk – gives a little calcium at the same time. Again, this is great practice with a spoon!
  • Oatmeal – mixed thin enough so its easy to swallow. Another really healthy snack and practice with a spoon! We are all about practice and messiness in my home. Kids are supposed to be messy, right?!

Dairy

  • Cheese – I buy a block of cheese and cut into small pieces. Great calcium and protein!
  • Grilled cheese sandwich
  • Cottage cheese – I LOVE that my daughter likes cottage cheese. Such a great source of calcium and protein.  She was on her third bowl this weekend when she decided to paint her legs with it. I guess she was done? At least she’s creative.

As I discover new healthy snacks easy for little ones to enjoy, I’ll edit this post so be sure to follow me! Also please leave comments on any great ideas that you have.




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