Here is my easy 3-step method on How to Make a Toddler Snack - start with some protein, add in a fruit or veggie (or both:) and then finish off the snack with a little something fun! Easy as that!
There are times when I find myself handing over the same E-X-A-C-T snack to my kiddos for weeks on end 🙊.
It can get so bad that when my very dramatic toddler sees what is for snack, yet again, she will give me a seriously evil look, stomp her foot and throw her body onto the floor for a little toddler tantrum. She's two, it's been known to happen.
Does this happen to anyone else? 🙋🏽🙋🏼🙋🏻🙋🏾
So in order to avoid a very avoidable toddler tantrum, I came up with a simple 3-step method for how to make a healthy and fun toddler snack in roughly 3-minutes. With the help of my favorite baby and toddler food company, Beech-Nut, this process is now easier then ever.
That's because Beech-Nut just launched a whole new line of toddler snack foods! Finally! They now have quinoa crispies in both banana cocoa or vanilla flavor (seriously, the banana cocoa flavor is SO good), fruity oat bars with only 5 wholesome ingredients, both fruit & veggie melties and yogurt melties (which are perfect for younger toddlers) and healthy 9 ingredient cereal puffs. I can't tell you how much the girls and I both love all of their new toddler snack products.
These new products from Beech-Nut make it easy to not feel bad about serving packaged snacks to your little ones.
Below you will find over 65 different snack ideas for your toddler! All of them are healthy, nutritious and colorful. While all of the ideas below are great for toddlers of every age, make sure to chop the food into the appropriate size for your toddler (smaller pieces for younger toddlers).
Let's have some fun and show snack time what we got 💪!
Step #1 - Pick a Protein
Some of our favorite protein snacks are -
hard boiled eggs, yogurt, cheese (cheddar, string, feta, mini mozzarella balls, cream cheese), peanut or almond butter, rolled sliced turkey, soft turkey or beef jerky (for older toddlers), energy balls (these are my kiddos favorite), protein shake, hummus, kiefer drinks, cottage cheese, shelled edamame or chopped nuts such as peanuts, almonds, shelled pistachios or cashews.
Step #2 - Add in a Fruit or Veggie
Some of our favorite fruits and veggies to snack on are -
applesauce, carrot sticks, broccoli, blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, cucumber slices, red pepper sticks, cut grapes, pineapple chunks, apple or pear slices, mango chunks, cut kiwi, avocado chunks, orange sections, melon balls, watermelon, peach chunks, cut cherry tomatoes, cauliflower or olive slices.
Step #3 - Have Some Fun!
Some of our favorite fun foods to have for snacks are -
Beech-Nut quinoa crispies, Beech-Nut fruit & veggie melties, pretzels, cheese crackers, dried fruit (raisins, cranberries, cherries, blueberries, mango, apples, etc), pita wedges, pirates booty, homemade muffins, healthy cookies, Beech-Nut cereal puffs, healthy dry cereal, Beech-Nut coldpuree pouches, grain chips, multi-grain crackers, dark chocolate chips, Beech-Nut fruity oat bars, dehydrated fruits, healthy gummies or Beech-Nut yogurt melties.
Step #4 - Favorite Combinations
Here are some of our favorite combinations using the formula above-
Combo #1 - string cheese, mixed berries and multi-grain crackers
Combo #2 - hardboiled egg, melon balls and Beech-Nut quinoa crispies
Combo #3 - cashews, mango chunks and Beech-Nut melties
Combo #4 - hummus, red pepper sticks and whole wheat pita wedges
Combo #5 - turkey roll-ups, cucumber slices and Beech-Nut cereal puffs
Disclaimer - this post was sponsored by Beech-Nut brand foods but all opinions are my own. I am so glad I am able to work with such a great company that now has an amazing line of toddler snack foods! They are seriously so good!