Helping our kids choose healthy snacks isn’t always easy these days. In a world filled with chemically infused foods and our just overall busy schedules as parents, creating healthy choices for our kids can feel like an overwhelming task. I know I am imperfect when giving my child the “perfect” snacks. However, I’ve compiled a list of a few staples that have helped us be more wise in our selections for snacks.
If you are looking for a simple fruit snack recipe to make them at home, check out How to Make Homemade Fruit Snacks for Toddlers.
Everyday Snacks List for Toddlers and Kids
What to keep in the fruit bowl:
- dried fruits
- mango (this is great frozen for teething)
**tip: keep the fruit bowl out where everyone can easily see and access it – you may be more likely to snag an apple rather than a cookie
What to keep in the cupboard:
- almonds (watch for allergies!)
- dry cereal (purchase cereal that isn’t as packed with sugar like those that are frosted or with marshmallows)
- english muffins
- peanut butter (again, watch for allergies!)
- trail mixes
What to keep in the fridge:
- deli meats (these are great to role up with veggies to make a wrap)
- hard boiled eggs
- juice (easy on the sugar or cut with water)
- veggie dips (I recommend checking out Fosse Farms for gluten free dressing options that are delicious!)
**tip: pre-cut veggies and cheeses into small containers for easy snagging out of the fridge to munch on – who has time to cut when the kids want it NOW anyway?!
Let your kids choose at least one of these snacks from two columns. For example, use cheese and a tortilla for a casadia (my daughter’s favorite) or apple slices and peanut butter. This will help ensure a well rounded snack for good nutrition.