As parents, we know how important it is to provide our children with healthy and nutritious meals or snacks. However, preparing healthy and convenient snacks can take time and effort with our busy schedules.
At Montessori Academy, we believe in fostering healthy eating habits from an early age. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of 10 easy and healthy toddler snacks for parents on the go.
MONTESSORI TIP: Invite your little one to assist you with food preparation to engage their Practical Life skills.
1 – Banana Oat Bars
These delectable bars are simple to prepare and ideal for tiny hands. Begin by mashing a ripe banana and combining it with rolled oats and a touch of honey. Bake the mixture in the oven for 15-20 minutes, and let it cool before serving.
2 – Veggie Sticks and Hummus
Cut some carrots, celery, and cucumbers into sticks and serve them with homemade hummus (chickpea dip). Hummus is an excellent source of protein and healthy fats, and a delicious veggie dip.
3 – Fruit Kebabs
Cut some of your child’s favourite fruits into bite-sized pieces and thread them onto skewers. This snack is not only healthy but also fun to eat.
4 – Cheese and Whole Grain Crackers
Pairing cheese with whole-grain crackers is a simple and delicious snack that provides protein and fibre. Look for crackers made with whole grains, such as brown rice or quinoa.
5 – Apple Slices and Peanut Butter
Cut apples into slices and pair them with a dollop of peanut butter. Peanut butter contains healthy fats and protein, and its flavour complements the sweetness of the apples.
6 – Yogurt and Berries
Plain Greek yogurt is packed with protein and complements the flavour of ripe berries. If you prefer a sweeter taste, consider adding a touch of honey.
7 – Avocado Toast
To make this snack, toast a slice of whole-grain bread and add a layer of mashed avocado. This snack is abundant in healthy fats and creates an excellent opportunity to expand your child’s palate with novel and exciting flavours.
8 – Energy Balls
Energy balls are easy to make and are a great snack for when you’re on the go. Mix nut butter, rolled oats, and honey, and move the mixture into bite-sized balls.
9 – Smoothies
Smoothies offer a fantastic way to incorporate different fruits and vegetables into your child’s diet. Blend some spinach, banana, and mango with yogurt for a tasty and nutritious snack.
10 – Roasted Chickpeas
Roasted chickpeas make for a crunchy and fulfilling snack high in protein and fibre. Coat canned chickpeas with olive oil and spices, then bake them in the oven until they are crispy.
At Montessori Academy, we believe in the importance of healthy eating habits and providing children with nutritious and delicious snacks. These ten easy toddler snacks for parents are perfect for busy parents looking for healthy snack options for their little ones.
Incorporating these snacks into your child’s diet can help them develop healthy eating habits that will last a lifetime. Give them a try and see how easy it can be to provide your child with healthy and convenient snacks.