‘Don’t eat that, you’ll spoil your appetite’. If only I had a euro every time I heard that growing up! Snacking is an important part of a toddler’s diet. They need to eat little and often to make sure they get enough energy and nutrients to keep up with their requirements as they grow and become more active. This doesn’t mean you should be offering your toddler biscuits and crisps half an hour before dinner. Healthy snacks are important as they can fuel growing bodies and help keep your tot on a healthy eating schedule!
You should offer your toddler 2-3 healthy snacks, between meals each day. It’s not always easy to make healthy snacks, here are some ideas:
- Fruit salad – chop up a variety of seasonal fruit and allow your toddler to eat it from a bowl with their hands (or a spoon for juicier fruit!)
- Small yoghurts – they love feeding themselves from the little pots
- Cheese & crackers – chop pieces of cheddar or other hard cheese into bite-size pieces and serve on a plate with some wholemeal crackers
- Veggie sticks – cucumber sticks, carrot sticks, sliced peppers & halved cherry tomatoes are great for little hands. Older toddlers will love to dip these into hummus
- Squares of wholemeal toast with smooth peanut butter
- Cold hard boiled eggs, quartered
- Mini sandwiches – vary the bread by using mini pitta, mini rolls or mini bagels to keep their interest
- Ice lollies made with blended fruit
- Small bowls of wholegrain cereal
- It is very important not to leave your little one alone when eating.
Don’t forget to look after your toddlers teeth – learn more here.
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