Your toddler-nado is a whirl of high energy at this stage in their development, so it’s a good idea to give your little one three meals a day. Toddler snacks are a good idea if they are at regular times and aren’t given too often or just before meals.
Stick to healthy foods and don’t let your child graze throughout the day. We are a nation of fussy eaters, and continuously giving children snacks and not allowing them to get hungry is part of the problem.
Good snacks include fruit or vegetable slices, baby rice cakes, dried fruit, bread sticks and cheese. It’s a good idea to have some of these ready in the fridge, so you have something to hand when you’re faced with a hungry toddler. If you cut up a few carrots and put them in cold water in an airtight container, they will last for several days.
Good snacks include fruit or vegetable slices, baby rice cakes, dried fruit, bread sticks and cheese. Have a snack stash prepped in the fridge so you have something to hand when hunger strikes.
Enjoying regular healthy snacks is a good habit to get your child into and can instil a love of healthy food early on. That isn’t to say that chocolate and biscuits should be banned; forbidding something can make more tempting. But if your child isn’t used to having regular sugary snacks, she isn’t likely to miss them if they aren’t there. Plus, if you don’t have these things in the house as standard, they become much more of a treat – it also stops you from eating them! Children pick up habits from their parents, so if they see you feasting on chocolate, they will want some too.
Annabel's Favourite Toddler Snack Recipes:
Banana, Carrot and Raisin Loaf
Everyone loves banana bread. This Banana, Carrot and Raisin Loaf makes a sweet and satisfying breakfast or snack perfect for packed lunches. This is a delicious treat and a great way to use up overripe bananas.
What’s not to love about homemade pizza, especially when it comes with serious pup-appeal! Kids will love helping to make these cute doggie shapes, and they are just as delicious eaten cold, so why not make an extra batch for their lunchbox. And with Vitamin D and calcium added to the bread, they are ideal as part of a healthy balanced diet.
Mini Piccolo Cherry Tomato & Cheese Muffins
If you’re looking for new ways to ‘super-fry’ your baby’s snacks then look no further than my Mini Piccolo Cherry Tomato & Cheese Muffins. You can also freeze these when cooked. Click here for more marvellous muffin recipes!
Vegan Cherry & Chia Seed Balls
You can make delicious nutritious sweet snacks without refined sugar and these Cherry & Chia Seed Balls are so easy to prepare. Simply pop all of the ingredients into a food processor, give it a whizz then get rolling! For another healthy sweet treat, try this Banana, Carrot & Seed Bread
Parmesan Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges
Babies love the flavour of these baked Parmesan Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges. Roasting sweet potato intensifies the natural sweetness. Make sure they are cut large enough for a child to hold easily in their fist so that one end sticks out. This recipe is from my Baby Led Weaning book.
Mini Energy Balls
Try these delicious Mini Energy Balls. They make a healthy snack and are ideal to give you or your child a mid-morning or afternoon energy boost. Its super easy and a great addition to your little ones lunchbox. Click here for more super snack inspiration!
Chicken & Apple Balls
One of Annabel’s most popular recipes, these Chicken & Apple Balls are perfect for the whole family and can be served hot or cold. If these go down a treat, next try Salmon Balls with Sweet Potato and Sweetcorn!