As your child grows, you will find that it becomes more difficult to cope up with his/ her abundant energy levels. To sustain these levels you need to make sure that the child gets adequate nutrition. However, you might find it difficult to get your toddler to accept your ideas of healthy food. You might often feel like you are fighting a losing battle, since, your little one completely rejects the healthy food you would like to feed him/ her. Sometimes he/she may even un-ingest the food, the moment you turn your back. So the question is, how do you give your toddler healthy as well as tasty snacks that he/ she will enjoy? Snack time should be a delightful experience for your little one. Healthy snacks for your toddler should ideally comprise of fresh foods that are prepared such that they taste well and look good (never assume that your toddler will eat “gooey” stuff just because it might taste good.).
Healthy Snack Recipes For Toddlers
- Pour yogurt into ice-pop moulds, cover the moulds with their lids or plastic wraps, and put wooden sticks into the holes. Place the moulds into the freezer for 2 hours. Remove the plastic wrap, slide out the frozen yogurt from the moulds with the help of the stick, and watch your toddler revel in the delight of this tasty and healthy snack.
- Slice cucumber as thin as possible and spread cream cheese onto one side of a cucumber slice. Set raisins as eyes to create a cucumber face and add a small piece of carrot for the mouth. Your toddler will have fun eating this.
- Take a whole grain cracker and spread peanut butter all over it. Add raisins for the face and a small piece of carrot for the mouth and watch a healthy snack become a fun snack for your toddler.
- Take a celery stick and spread cream cheese or peanut butter on it. Add raisins to the celery stick so that it resembles ants on a log. This will look so innovative, that your toddler will love it.
- Make granola bars at home by mixing together cereal, raisins, oatmeal, and corn syrup. Heat it along with brown sugar on a saucepan, and when the mixture is boiling take it off the heat, and add vanilla and peanut butter to it and mix well. Let the mixture cool for ten minutes and add chocolate chips. Spread the mixture on a pan and let it set. Cut it into interesting shapes for your own granola bars.
- If you are a busy parent or if you would prefer to get ready cooked healthy snacks for your child, you could go with mini muffins, small sandwiches, rice cakes, low-fat breakfast cereals, corn on the cob and popcorn. Of course, don’t forget to include a lot of fruits. Tasteful and innovative arrangements of fruits will make your child want to choose them for a healthy snack.