15 Healthy Snacks For Toddlers (healthy snacks kids will enjoy)
Sneak in nutrients and keep your kid fueled with these healthy snacks for toddlers. This roundup of toddler-friendly snack ideas focuses on real-food based snack ideas for kids to help them thrive. Simple to make and easy for toddlers to eat, these healthy toddler snacks are ones they'll actually enjoy!
The challenging part of feeding a toddler is twofold: they're unpredictable and no one has time to make gourmet snacks. I'm not sure I can help with the unpredictable factor but I can at least give you a few healthy snack ideas for toddlers!
When it comes to healthy snacks for toddlers, there's a lot I like to focus on:
- minimally processed sugars
- healthy fats and proteins
- easy to make & easy to eat
Our kids, especially toddlers, need nourishment. They need healthy food to grow and develop their immune systems. Plus, toddlers are at a crucial stage of development with their taste buds! This means, now is the time you want to help them develop healthy habits and palates (learn more about this in a podcast I did with Michael Collins on why to scale back sugar and kids).
This means that you can literally form their taste buds. And let's be honest, even us mamas wouldn't choose broccoli after being offered a Timbit a moment ago!
Another area to touch on is practicability! If you're a toddler mama, you don't have a lot of time in the kitchen. These healthy toddler snacks need to be quick or something that can be made and stored. I personally always have some snacks on hand in the freezer for grab and go situations.
Staple Ingredients For Healthy Snacks For Toddlers
If you want your toddler to have more homemade options, you're going to need the basics on hand! Most of my recipes contain the following ingredients because they're simple but loaded with nutrients.
Chia seeds: I believe every toddler should have chia seeds in their diet because they're potent in plant-based protein and anti-inflammatory fats.
Regular Oats: oatmeal works in bars, pancakes, overnight oats- everything
Almond Butter: it's good to get toddlers used to nut butters outside of peanut butter. Almond, cashew (or if there's a nut allergy sunbutter) are all amazing options.
Cacao Powder: what kid doesn't love chocolate. Cacao powder is the least processed chocolate possible and is loaded with iron, magnesium, and anti-oxidants. Learn more about the differences between cacao powder and cocoa powder and why you want to make the switch.
Collagen powder: I adoreLearn more about collagen and kids collagen as it's one of the purest forms of protein you can find. When added to oats, dairy-free yogurt or energy balls you're adding in a lot of nutrients as well as fuel. Collagen is responsible for growth, your immune system and so much more. and know that it doesn't have to be added to everything but it is a nice boost in some healthy toddler snacks. I grab my collagen powder from Perfect Supplements because it’s sourced ethically and from pasture-raised, grass-fed cows. If there’s a superfood that helps during pregnancy, this is it! You can use code mamabear10 to save some money too.
Tips On Healthy Snacks For Toddlers
Below you'll find snack ideas I rotate through with my toddler. One thing to note though is that meal prep goes a long way. Having one or two healthy toddler snacks in the freezer for busy days is routine for me.
On days when I have more time, I whip up fresh snacks but I'm prone to making things in bulk. Meaning, if you're making overnight oats, make a few servings! It never hurts to be prepared as a mom.
I also use the time that my kiddos is eating to make quick, no-bake snacks. There's no rule book that says you need to spend the day in the kitchen, make use of the time when you have it.
Healthy Snacks For Toddlers: Overnight Oat Parfait
This snack requires a bit of thought the night before but I make a big batch one night and leave it in the fridge for a few days instead of making it too frequently.
Combine ½ cup regular oats, 2 tablespoons chia seeds & ¾ cup milk in a bowl. Mix until it's all covered and pop n the fridge overnight so it can thicken. Before you serve top the oats with any "fixings" your little one might enjoy. We do maple syrup, vanilla, strawberries & nuts. I personally love this peanut butter and jam version or the triple berry oat parfait.
Tomatoes/Veggies + Avocado
My daughter has an obsession with tomatoes. She loves them. So I chop up cherry tomatoes, toss them with some olive oil & balsamic vinegar and top them with hemp hearts and avocados. She loves it.
The truth is though, any veggie + avocado or hummus is a win! Which brings me to... avocado toast. Avocado toast is another amazingly healthy toddler snack.
Fruit & Almond Butter
Apple and banana work best for this so we go with those. I normally cut the bananas into chunks and spread almond butter on top. If she's been teething like mad and I have time I'll pop them in the freezer for an hour or so and they semi harden and feel great on her gums
This one takes a bit of prep work so I make a big batch and throw them in the freezer so there's always some on hand. Always. Take them out, throw them in your purse and it's a snack on the go. We rock cherry vanilla energy bites, or chocolate coconut energy balls the most frequently. Note that these are very fruit based, meaning, this is a great place to add in some of the collagen powder!
If your toddler is on the younger side, just make sure you thoroughly blend the ingredients (like the nuts) to make sure the balls are super smooth- no choking!
We go with plain greek yogurt in this house and add berries, flaxseed, a touch of maple syrup, and some granola. She devours it- and makes a huge mess while doing so .. why do they have to touch their chests when they eat yogurt?!
Check out this strawberries and yogurt recipe- it's a tasty one!
Hack: if your toddler is younger, mix the granola in a head of time and let it sit. This makes it softer for them to eat. if you're dairy-free like myself and use coconut yogurt, load up on healthy fats (nut butter, flax, etc) or add some collagen so that there's a good stabilizer.
Crackers, Cheese & Fruit
I feel like this is the most classic of toddler snacks! But they all love it. Use whatever you have on hand and throw it on a plate. I normally add avocado also because my little one adores it.
Healthy Snacks For Toddlers: Smoothies
My daughter loves smoothies so we share one every day (sometimes I think we live off them!). Lately, instead of having hers in her cup she will only drink it out of mine if we share (kids are odd!). So I whip up a big batch of my favorite shake and this way I know she's getting a ton of nutrients in one snack.
I love smoothies because it's one of the simplest ways to help kids eat healthily. You can cram just about anything into smoothie! I love to make our smoothies as nutrient dense as possible so we love this mango green smoothie the most. However, sometimes we need a bit of color in which case this pink smoothie is a tasty one!
Having been making smoothies for eons there are a few tidbits I've learned along the way. Check out:
Hard-boiled Eggs & Avocado Mash On Crackers
Make some green eggs by mashing together hard-boiled eggs and avocado. Spread it onto a cracker for a tasty and completely filling snack.
There are so many ways to make egg muffins so it's easy to cater to your toddlers likes! We make green egg muffins but if you eat dairy, I'd suggest tossing in some feta for an extra bit of flavor!
Berries & Nuts
For the last 6 months my daughter has had an obsession with berries. Literally. She expects a "bae" the second you open the fridge door. So for a quick snack, I throw a bunch of berries into a bowl and top it with homemade granola or crushed walnuts.
Note: I try to always pair her fruits with a protein or fat to balance out the sugar release a bit. Every so often she'll have just a piece of fruit but it's not something I prefer to do regularly.
Rice Cakes + Nut Butter + Hemp Hearts
Fair warning that this healthy toddler snack will be messy, and sticky. However, it's loaded with healthy fats, plant based protein and a huge hit with toddlers.
Healthy Snacks For Toddlers: Chia Pudding
Similar to the overnight oats this one takes some planning. I make mine the night before and keep it in the fridge for a couple of days.
Whisk together ¼ cup chia seeds with ¾ cups almond milk and some maple syrup. Let it sit in the fridge for a few hours until it gels together. Top it with anything you like! Fruit, nuts, anything. Check out this chocolate banana chia pudding if you want to start basic!
Avocado + maple syrup + cacao makes a lovely chocolate pudding (like the icing from this recipe). For snack purposes, I toss in a few hemp hearts as well to boost the nutrients. Here's the basic chocolate avocado pudding recipe but use some more add-ins to make it extra calorie dense!
Like energy balls, take a bit of thought. I make sure there's always some frozen in the freezer so that my hubby has something easy to grab and feed her if I'm working. Make double batches and freeze, freeze, freeze.
Deviled Eggs + Veggies
Baby bear is hit or miss on which raw veggies she's currently eating (she'll eat anything cooked) so I go by what she's into. I make my deviled eggs with greek yogurt and she tends to love them.
Don't forget to pin these tasty and healthy snacks for toddlers!
And just like that, there are fifteen healthy toddler snacks for you! Remember, catering to a toddler isn't always easy (mines only 21 months so I am sure this gets worse haha) but at least these toddler snacks give you some more ideas. My goal with snacks is always to make them healthy, get in as many nutrients as possible and make sure baby bear is full and fueled (because she needs food to support her crazy energy!).