I am a working mother of a 2-year-old daughter who just started going to daycare. I am always in search of healthy snack options that I could pack for her to take to daycare. My daughter is a picky eater and doesn't like anything too sugary or salty. I want to make sure that she is getting the nutrition she needs to grow and stay healthy.
I have tried packing fruits like apples and bananas, but she doesn't eat them all the time. I also pack cheese cubes and crackers, but it's not a wholesome meal. I am looking for healthy snack options that are easy to pack and that my daughter will enjoy eating.
Any suggestions are welcome! Thank you in advance.
Finding healthy snacks that my child enjoys has definitely been a challenge for me. One snack that my toddler loves and is easy to pack is a homemade fruit salsa with cinnamon-sugar tortilla chips. The fruit salsa consists of chopped fruit like strawberries, apples, and mangoes, and it's sweetened with a drizzle of honey. The cinnamon-sugar tortilla chips are easy to make by toasting whole-wheat tortillas and cutting them into triangles.
Another snack that we like to pack is a protein-filled smoothie made with nut butter or protein powder. We add in spinach or kale for some extra nutrients, and my child loves the fruity taste. We usually pack it in a small thermos and it stays cold until snack time.
If you're looking for a savory snack option, consider making mini veggie frittatas. We mix together eggs, diced veggies like bell peppers and onions, and some cheese, and bake them in muffin tins. These mini frittatas are easy to pack and provide your child with a hearty snack.
Lastly, we like to pack frozen grapes or banana slices as a healthy snack option. They're refreshing and sweet, and they provide some important vitamins and minerals.
I hope these ideas help you in providing healthy and tasty snacks for your child during daycare or school!