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My daughter has reached the toddler stage recently and her fast metabolism and big appetite sometimes mean a snack between meals.

Whether for a snack or a light supper, I’ve been trying to create a list of healthy snack options for her that are fast, tasty, and healthy. It can be easy to resort to pre-packaged foods that are easy to purchase and serve, but these are often full of sugar, refined fat, and artificial ingredients. I do resort to some “natural” snack brands on occasion, but I try to focus on homemade snacks, and here are some of our favorites. Remember to use caution with foods that may be a choking hazard, depending on your child’s age and teeth, and be aware of potential allergy issues.


Grains and protein: Hummus with whole grain crackers or bread. Cheese sticks, dairy or vegan. Whole grain bagels with cream cheese and sliced olives. Whole grain bread with peanut butter or almond butter, honey, and raisins. Rice cakes with butter and honey. Whole grain tortilla chips with fresh salsa or bean dip. Hard cooked eggs or baked tofu slices.

Fruits: Sliced pears, apples, bananas, or peaches. Whole strawberries, grapes, or plums. Fruit smoothies (for a fast smoothie, blend a fresh banana with some frozen fruit and milk). Dried fruit or fruit “leather”. Fruit flavored whole yogurt (buy plain yogurt and add your own fruit). Whole grain fig bars.

Vegetables: Carrot, cucumber, or green pepper sticks with dip. Whole grain bread with mayo and your child’s favorite sliced veggies. Green smoothie (add baby spinach or kale to a fruit smoothie). Celery sticks and peanut butter or almond butter. Mashed avocado on bread or toast with a sprinkle of salt and garlic. Lightly steamed green beans, carrots, or sweet potato slices.

Drinks: Fresh cold water!

I limit snacking to once between meals in order to help avoid the habit of “grazing” throughout the day, but little tummies sometimes get empty sooner than ours, and these healthy snacks help develop a child’s taste for good food.

I was blessed to be raised by a mother who valued healthy eating and her example has motivated me to provide the same for my daughter. Seeing her happily munch down her fruits and vegetables always brings a smile to my face!

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