Snacks For Your Toddler 

Toddlers need to snack during the day in addition to their regular meals.  A snack before bedtime is also a good idea.  You want to provide your child with healthy snacks and limit the amount of sugary, highly processed snacks. 

Your toddler should not be given snacks while he or she is crawling around the house.  Instead, for safety sake, your toddler should be seated in the highchair or a boaster seat when given snacks. 

Here are some ideas for snacks that are quick and easy to prepare.  They are healthy, and your toddler will enjoy them.  

Ham and cheese make a good snack.  Serve them with a few baked crackers.  Cut the ham and cheese in pieces that will fit with the crackers.  You can make it more fun by cutting the cheese in various shapes using a cookie cutter. 

Another snack with baked crackers is to provide some hummus to go with the crackers. 

Give the toddler a few graham crackers and provide some applesauce for dipping the crackers. 

Fix a small dish of cottage cheese with cut up bananas, peaches or any fruit your toddler likes. 

Slice an apple and then either put a smear of peanut butter on the sliced apple or provide some cheese slices to go with the apple.  

Place few berries in a dish with a little low fat frozen yogurt. 

Make some peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.  Use whole wheat bread and cut the sandwich into quarters or strips.  You can skip the jelly and instead use some thin slices of apple or banana.  For something different, smear the peanut butter and jelly on a tortilla and cut it into strips.  This is a fun new way for your toddler to eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. 

Treat your toddler to some veggies from your fridge.  Just be sure the pieces are very small to prevent choking.  You might also steam the veggies to soften them.  You might offer small pieces of peeled, seeded cucumber, carrot, or small sections of broccoli or cauliflower.  These all make great finger food for toddlers.  If desired, serve the vegetables with a little ranch dressing. 

If you are not worried about a mess, you can cut up some fruit into bite size pieces and serve them with a small bowl of yogurt.  Your toddler can dip the fruit into the yogurt.  This is an easy way for your child to get a serving of fruit while at the same time getting some extra protein and calcium from the yogurt. 

Low sugar cereal such as Cheerios makes a nice snack.  It can be enjoyed dry and this is a great idea for a take along snack.  Your toddler can enjoy the cereal at home with a little milk. 

If you want to get a little fancier you can take a soft tortilla and put it on a microwave safe plate.  Put some cheese on one side of the tortilla and then fold it over. Microwave the cheese tortilla for 30-60 seconds or until the cheese is melted.  Cut this into wedges.  Before serving to your toddler allow the cheese tortilla to cool a little. 

If you would like to serve your toddler a drink as a snack consider a smoothie.  Into a blender put half a banana or some berries along with some vanilla yogurt and a splash of milk.  If desired, add a little ice.  Blend until smooth and serve in a sippy cup or with a straw.  Your toddler with think it is a milkshake and will love having a milkshake as a snack. 

Try some of these fast-easy snacks for your toddler.  These not only are great snacks for your toddler, they make great snacks for everyone else in the family.