5 Easy Snack Ideas for Toddlers

If your toddler is anything like mine, they eat all. day. long. I am constantly on the hunt for snack ideas that strike an easy balance between healthy and convenient. These are 5 go-to snacks that I keep on hand every week to keep Graham happy and me sane.
1. Blender Muffins-You can go down the Pinterest/Google rabbit hole with blender muffin recipes, but I've found they all have the same basic ingredients:
  • Blended oats or flour
  • 1 egg
  • Fruit and/or vegetables of your choice 
  • Various sweeteners (honey, vanilla, cinnamon, syrup)
  • Baking powder 
  • Milk

I typically throw 2 cups of flour or blended oats, 1 egg, a handful of my chosen fruits/veges (bananas and spinach are a favorite), a dash of cinnamon, a dash of vanilla, 1 tsp of baking powder, and 1/2 of milk into the blender, blend it up, then bake in muffin tins at 375 for 20-25 minutes.

I don't stress about getting the measurements perfect and use whatever fruits and veges I need to get out of the fridge each week. They won't win any baking awards, but they will sneak some fruits and veges into your kids' tummies!

Tip: toss a flax/chia blend into your blender muffins for an extra boost of nutrients!

2. Muffin Tin Snacks-Half of the struggle of feeding a toddler is getting them interested in trying different foods. I find that adding a bit of novelty to snack time by putting the snacks into a muffin tin gets my son to try foods he would never touch on his high chair tray. The bright colors on these muffin tins get my son extra jazzed for snack time. 

Some of my favorite foods to toss into muffin tins are:

  • Peas (thaw up some frozen peas in the microwave to make it easy)
  • Cheese
  • Freeze dried fruit
  • Banana
  • Raisins
  • Shredded carrots
  • Vege straws 
  • Deli meat
  • Cheerios
  • Clementines

3. Hard Boiled Eggs- Hear me out here. They are perfect for an easy breakfast, lunch, or snack. Toss them in a snack container with an ice pack as an easy (and healthy) diaper bag snack. Adding an ice pack to your bag is an extra step, but having an egg will actually fill your toddler up instead of going through 15 pouches at the park. 

We buy the prepackaged bags at Trader Joe's or Mariano's because #letskeepitsimple. 

4. Store Bought Snacks- Okay, you've made your blender muffins and Pinterested snack time with a muffin tin situation, it's time to take a break and buy some snacks! These are some of my favorite packaged snacks to keep in the pantry when it's time to grab and go on errands, to the park, or to the couch to watch a tv show and take a break (whew!):

5. Sneaky Fruits and Veges-Luckily, my son loves fruits and veges, but I still try to sneak them in any way I can. My favorite sneaky fruit and vege hacks are:

  • Smoothies! Add spinach and/or kale to every fruit smoothie. You can also take advantage of this flax/chia blend to boost nutrients in smoothies!
  • Substitute smashed fruits like bananas or rasberries for traditional jelly when you make PB&J
  • Keep Banzaa Chickpea Pasta on hand in lieu of Mac 'n Cheese--this pasta is great with a dash of olive oil or a vege based tomato sauce.
  • Shred veges like carrots or zucchini on PB&J, pizza, and pasta 
  • Mix spinach into scrambled eggs 

Happy snacking!

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