Happy Monday! In order to chase away the Monday blues, I thought it would be fun to talk about snacks! Toddlers love snacks. And mommies love snacks. ;) Dane is offered a snack mid-morning before lunch, and then when he wakes up from his afternoon nap. Sometimes he eats it, sometimes he can't be bothered. I mean - who refuses to eat a snack?? #toddlerprobs
We eat pretty healthy in the Carter house - or at least try to! I would say that our meals throughout the week are usually on the healthier side, and then on the weekends we are a little more relaxed. Dane has been an EXCELLENT eater so far, and I am really hoping that continues. So with that, I try to offer healthy snack options...but keeping in mind that kids like kid food & sometimes Goldfish or a trip to DQ do the trick!
Below are some of our favorite toddler snacks. Things that I know Dane will go for 80% of the time. I would love to hear your favorite toddler snacks, too! I am always on the lookout for variety.
If your toddler loves fruit, cha-ching! My little D loves pretty much any kind of fruit, so I know he will always eat some diced apples, banana or clementine for a snack. He loves peanut butter also, so sometimes I will add that to his apples or bananas for a yummy treat.
2. STRING CHEESE
I like the Sargento brand. Dane is just now getting to be able to "string it" himself which he thinks is fun!
3. NATURAL FRUIT STRIP
Kind of like a Fruit-Roll up, minus the 100+ grams of sugar. Stretch Island is the brand, and there are a good variety of flavors found in the natural foods aisle of the grocery. They are easy to throw in the diaper bag and perfect for a sweet treat!
I just started offering granola to Dane as a snack and so far he has approved! Another mama friend posted that her tot likes granola with or without milk and I thought it sounded like a fun option. This brand is called Love Grown & is gluten-free and non-GMO. Of course there are a TON of granola options out there you can choose from! I just give Dane a little bowl or cup of it and he goes to town. I also like to make Chocolate Covered Katie's chewy granola bars for all of us Carters....so good & you wouldn't know they are healthy!
We love Stoneyfield Organic yogurt and have been buying it for meal times also. But it is great for a snack alternative if you are in a bind.
Popcorn is one of mama's favorite types of snacks...and now Dane's as well! I love the Skinnypop brand because it all natural - no butter, salt, etc! It sounds gross when you have grown up on movie theatre popcorn, but it is actually really good! Skinnypop now has several different kinds of popcorn out too. It is great for movie theatre smuggling too - oops!
7. VEGGIE STIX
Veggie Stix are perfect for road trips, or just a quick snack when needed. They are a better alternative than chips & Dane just loves them. Found in the natural foods aisle in the grocery. Veggie Stix also has an "Apple Stix" as well, which is yummy!
What does your toddler love to snack on? Please share!