Dozens of snacks marketed for toddlers are available at your local grocer, but many of
them are processed with less wholesome and health promoting ingredients. Help your child develop healthy eating habits by making your own nutritious snacks. With a little planning, creativity, and preparation, a nutritious snack is within reach!
Before heading off to do your weekly grocery shopping, make a list of some of your toddler’s favorite snacks, or think of some new ones he/she may like to try. Look up ideas from your favorite cookbook or magazine, or try our ideas below. Make sure to include the ingredients on your grocery list.
Here are some nutritious ideas to arm your grab-n-go snack arsenal. Where an asterisk (*) is found, please note that these snacks must be kept at a safe temperature (less than 40°F) to prevent spoilage. Keep these snacks in a refrigerator, cooler or insulated lunch sack with ice.
A little time spent preparing and assembling snacks for the day or week ahead can shave hours from your hectic week.
Healthy Tips to Consider:
To make sure your growing toddler’s snacks provide the biggest nutritional bang for your buck, include at least two of the following key nutrients:
See Snack Emergency. for more snack ideas.
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