Nutritious, Fun Snacks!

Snack time can be fun and nutritious for even the pickiest of toddlers and preschoolers.  Bite sized snacks are suitable for tiny hands.  Children, like adults, need variety in their diet. To eat the same snack day after day would be plain boring.  Below is a list of some favorites to pick and choose from, depending on the child’s tastes and preferences.

Savoury delights

  • Small shaped crackers (Goldfish or similar) served with cubed cheese is a nice combination for youngsters and one which they usually like.
  • Bite sized veggies with a sour cream dip are a hit with little ones.  The sour cream dip can be made with low fat sour cream and a bit of dried onion soup mix combined together.  Popular veggies to serve preschoolers are cherry tomatoes, cucumber slices, baby carrots and green pepper slices.
  • A mixture of peanuts, pretzels and Cheerios is great for children to indulge in.  These can be prepared at home and put in sandwich bags or one can purchase some ready made individual snack pouches.
  • A slice of low fat ham wrapped around a dill pickle slice and held together with a toothpick is another nice variation for little ones.  Remember to remove the toothpicks, before the child eats them.  
  • Different types of sausage can be cut into small chunks and served with hard cheese or small crackers.
  • Spread a little hummus on mini pitas.  This can be served with small cubes of feta cheese.  
  • A favorite for years has been “Ants on a Log” which is a slice of washed celery with peanut butter inside and a few raisins “ants” placed on top.

Sweet treats

  • Peanut butter and sliced banana sandwiches have never gone out of style and remain a favorite amongst toddlers.
  • A handful of granola cereal poured on a small amount of yogurt is also a favorite of the younger crowd.
  • Individual sized containers of fruit flavored yogurt can be used as a dip when served with chunks of pineapple, orange wedges, apple wedges or banana spears.
  • Colorful jiggly Jell-o is a fun food to serve little ones.  For added nutrition, add a sliced banana or some fruit cocktail to the Jell-o.  Do not add pineapple or kiwi to the mixture as the Jell-o will not set properly.
  • A few miniature marshmallows added to an individual sized pudding cup can make all the difference in getting your toddler to eat the pudding.
  • Surround a mound of raisins with a half dozen orange segments for a treat that is sure to please any youngster.    
  • For a special treat every now and then, a few colored mini marshmallows with pretzel spears are sure to please the fussiest of eaters.  

Create colorful, delectable bite sized snacks and finger foods for your little ones, rather than the same old humdrum snack they may be used to.  Make snack time an adventure they will look forward to each day.  Have fun and let the adventure begin!

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