Any mom will tell you that feeding a toddler can be a tough job. It’s especially hard to make sure they are eating healthy meals and snacks. Here are some great ideas for quick and healthy toddler snacks that will leave you feeling better about what your tot is eating – plus they are great for the whole family!
This smoothie is so quick and easy to make. Kids sometimes drink quicker than they eat, so this one is a timesaver. Plus, you can edit the ingredients to fulfill many different nutrition needs and tastes. Try your child’s favorite fruits (frozen works great, but you can use fresh), instead of milk you can use orange juice or even water to thin the smoothie out, if you are looking for a lower glycemic index use agave syrup instead of honey. Hiding greens in the smoothie gives it a highly-nutritious punch and you can’t even taste them with all the other flavors happening.
Note: I’ve found that the easiest way to make this is with an immersion blender (like this Cuisinart model) – it takes just a few seconds to blend and cleanup is a breeze. But, feel free to use a blender!
1 Cup of low-fat Greek yogurt (like 2% Fage)
½ Cup frozen fruit (strawberries, blueberries, cherries, etc.)
A handful of frozen spinach, kale, or any mixed greens
¼ Cup milk or another liquid of your choice
1 Tbsp honey
Combine the ingredients in a cup or pitcher. Blend with the immersion blender until all the frozen fruit is pureed. Add more liquid if you want a thinner smoothie.
These treats are perfect for spring and great for moms. This is an easy and healthy snack that kids love. I call them “blueberry candies” to entice my son and he loves them. Plus, they are a great snack for mom, too!
1 container of blueberries
½ Cup Greek yogurt (and kind)
2 Tbsp honey
Wash and dry the blueberries. Mix the yogurt and honey in a bowl. Using toothpicks, coat the blueberries in the yogurt mixture and place them on a cookie sheet or plate. Once you are done, place them in the freezer for 1 – 2 hours or until frozen. Pop the yogurt-covered blueberries into sandwich bags and you have a ready-to-go yummy snack.
This bakes for 30 minutes, but the prep time is easy. Once it’s made, it’s a healthy quick snack for the whole family! You can add so many different ingredients to this granola to make it your own. Try different nuts, oil and dried fruit. It’s a very versatile recipe. Grab a baggie of granola on your way out the door, add milk and eat like cereal or add to yogurt parfaits.
3 Cups rolled oats
1 Cup sweetened, shredded coconut
1 Cup sliced almonds
½ Cup dried figs
½ Cup dried cranberries
1/3 Cup sunflower oil
1/3 Cup honey
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix oats, coconut, almonds, and dried fruit together. Add the oil and honey and stir until the mixture is completely coated. Pour the mixture onto a baking sheet. Bake for about 20 – 25 minutes or until the granola is golden brown, stirring occasionally. Once the granola is completely cooled, store it in a container, and enjoy!