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What are some healthy snack options for my toddler to take to daycare or school?

Hi everyone,

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.

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nbotsford

Hi there,

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!

rau.nicholaus

Hi there,

I can definitely understand where you're coming from! I also have a picky eater at home, and it can be a struggle to find healthy snacks that they will actually enjoy. One thing that has worked well for us is packing homemade trail mix. We mix together a variety of nuts, seeds, and dried fruits, and sometimes add a few chocolate chips for sweetness. It's a great way to get some healthy fats and protein into their diet, and it's easy to pack in a small container.

Another snack that we like to pack is yogurt with fresh berries. We choose a plain Greek yogurt without any added sugars, and then add in some fresh berries for sweetness. It's a great source of protein and calcium, and the fruit adds some important vitamins and fiber.

If your daughter enjoys veggies, you could try packing some baby carrots or cherry tomatoes with hummus for dipping. Or, you could make your own mini muffins using healthy ingredients like whole wheat flour, mashed bananas, and shredded zucchini or carrot.

Hopefully, these ideas will give you some inspiration! Don't be afraid to get creative and experiment with different combinations to find what works best for your toddler.

carmela89

Hi everyone,

As a mom of two, I understand how important it is to pack healthy and nutritious snacks for our little ones. One snack that has been a hit with my kids is homemade kale chips. These chips are easy to make and can be seasoned with different spices to make them more enjoyable for your child. They are a great source of vitamins and minerals, and they have a nice crispy texture that kids love.

Another snack idea is sliced cucumbers or bell peppers with homemade hummus. Hummus is a great source of plant-based protein, and it pairs well with veggies. You can also include pita bread or crackers for variety.

If your child loves cheese, consider packing cheese sticks or cubes with whole-grain crackers. This snack is a good source of protein and calcium, and it's easy to pack and eat on the go. You can also add in some sliced fruit for a balanced snack.

Lastly, consider making your own fruit leather or homemade granola bars. These snacks are easy to make and can be tailored to your child's tastes. They can also be made in advance and stored in the freezer for easy access on busy days.

I hope these ideas help you in packing healthy and delicious snacks for your toddler!

karina.kohler

Hello everyone,

As a parent of two young children, I know how important it is to find healthy and tasty snack options for our little ones. One snack that my kids love and is perfect for on-the-go is a homemade fruit and nut bar. We mix together nuts, dates, seeds, and dried fruit to create these nutritious bars. They are naturally sweet, filling, and a great source of fiber and healthy fats.

Another snack that we love to pack is a vegetable crudite with homemade dip. We cut up veggies like carrots, cucumbers, and cherry tomatoes and pair it with a homemade dip made with Greek yogurt, avocado, and spices. It's a great way to get some veggies into your child's diet and keep them satisfied throughout the day.

If your child likes eating sandwiches, consider making a veggie wrap with whole-grain tortillas. We fill our wraps with sliced avocado, hummus, shredded carrots, and sliced cucumbers. It's a tasty and nutritious meal that you can pack in a lunchbox.

Lastly, we like to make our own popcorn with a little bit of olive oil and seasonings like nutritional yeast or garlic powder. It is a delicious and healthy snack that is perfect for snacking on-the-go.

I hope these ideas help you in packing healthy and satisfying snacks for your child that they will love!

talon.aufderhar

Hi there,

I totally understand the struggle of finding healthy snacks that are also tasty for our little ones. One snack that my toddler loves is a homemade fruit salad. We mix together a variety of colorful fruits like watermelon, cantaloupe, berries, and kiwi. This mix is sweet, colorful, and packed with vitamins and antioxidants.

Another snack that we find to be easy and healthy is a hard-boiled egg. It's a great source of protein and can keep your child full for longer periods of time. We usually pack it along with a slice of whole-wheat toast for some carbs and fiber.

If your toddler loves smoothies, consider making a healthy and flavorful smoothie bowl. We usually blend together some frozen fruit, coconut milk, nut butter and topped it with some granola and sliced bananas. This snack is high in protein and fiber, and it's a fun way to pack in some healthy nutrients.

Lastly, we like to pack homemade veggie muffins that are made with grated or blended veggies like zucchini, carrot, or sweet potato. They are moist, healthy, and can be easily packed along with a piece of fruit.

I hope these ideas give you some inspiration for packing healthy and tasty snacks for your child!

reta02

Hi there,

I understand how important it is to provide our children with healthy snacks throughout the day. A snack that my toddler loves and is healthy is homemade roasted chickpeas. These crunchy snacks can be seasoned with a variety of spices, like cinnamon or paprika, and are full of protein and fiber.

Another snack option that has been a hit in our household is a homemade smoothie. We like to use frozen fruit, spinach, and Greek yogurt to create a delicious and nutritious snack. You can also add in things like almond butter or chia seeds for extra nutrition.

If your child enjoys a savory snack, roasted edamame is a great option. These crunchy beans are high in protein and fiber and can be seasoned with a variety of spices to suit your child's taste.

Lastly, we like to pack sliced fruit with a nut butter for dipping. This is an easy way to provide a serving of fruit and some healthy fats. My daughter loves dipping apple slices into almond butter or peanut butter.

I hope these ideas help you in providing your toddler with yummy and healthy snacks for daycare!

braden49

Hello!

I can relate to your situation, as I am also a working mother of a toddler. One healthy snack option that has worked well for us at home and at daycare is a parfait. We use Greek yogurt mixed with a little bit of honey or maple syrup for sweetness, and layer it with fresh fruit and some granola or chopped nuts. It's a great source of protein, calcium, and fiber, and my daughter loves the different textures and flavors.

Another snack option that we like to pack is a sandwich made with whole grain bread and lean protein, like turkey or tofu. We add some sliced veggies like cucumber or bell pepper for crunch and extra nutrition. It's a simple, filling option that can be customized in so many ways.

Lastly, we like to pack homemade energy balls or bars made with oats, dried fruit, nuts, and seeds. They're easy to make in advance and can be packed in a small container for a quick snack on-the-go. Plus, they're a great source of energy and healthy fats.

I hope these suggestions help you prepare healthy snacks that your child will enjoy!

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