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Toddler snack time

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 by Annabel Karmel

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. Post Views: 1,198

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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! Post Views: 2,065

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Cherry & Chia Seed Balls recipe by Annabel Karmel

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! Post Views: 234

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Parmesan Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges Recipe by Annabel Karmel

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.     Post Views: 653

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Mini Energy Balls recipe by Annabel Karmel

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. Post Views: 2,382

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