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25 Baby and toddler snack ideas

I often get asked about what snacks I give Harry throughout the day so thought I’d share with you some of my favourite snack ideas. I try to keep Harry’s snacks as healthy as possible but do let him have little treats occasionally.

1. Fruit!

It’s obvious I know but this is our number one ‘go to’ snack.  It’s quick, easy and Harry loves it!  Why not mix it up a bit and make things more fun by making fruit kebabs!

 

2. Smoothies!

Harry is getting into smoothies more and more, he loves helping to make them and gets so excited watching the blender whizz all the fruit up.  You can get smoothie mix packs in the frozen section of most supermarkets for a quick alternative but really you can just use whatever fruit you have in!

 

3. Veg sticks and houmous!

Harry loves houmous and veg sticks.  Cucumber, peppers, sugar snap peas, baby sweetcorn, carrots… anything goes!  When he was younger we would steam the vegetables to soften them but now he enjoys them raw.  We also give him breadsticks or pitta dippers too.

 

4. Homemade savoury muffins!

These are so handy to make in advance ready to ‘grab and go’.  They can be made in bulk and frozen so are a great way to use up any veggies!  Once you have a basic muffin recipe you can add all sorts of healthy, veggie fillings.

Here are a few recipes to get you started:

Spinach and feta muffins

Carrot and courgette muffins

5. Cheese and crackers!

Simple, quick and easy.  This is a good snack for if you’re out and about and want something substantial to keep your little foodie full until you get home for dinner.

6. Packet snacks!

Sometimes we all need a little shortcut and I’m certainly not afraid to give Harry premade toddler snacks.  We particularly like the Organix Goodies range and the Bear fruit yoyos.

7. Chickpea cookies!

These are super healthy and really easy to make.  They are a great source of protein and were a huge hit with Harry and my (usually incredibly fussy) husband.  You can find the recipe here.

8. Sweet potato and parsnip crisps!

These are really easy to make.  Just peel strips of sweet potato and parsnip, toss lightly in some olive oil and bake in the oven until crispy!  They make a fantastic healthy alternative to crisps!

9. Carrot and lentil hearts

These are like biscuits and my toddler was fooled by them.  The recipe made loads and they lasted really well in the freezer.

10. Raisins!

There is nothing easier to throw in your bag when you are rushing out the door than a box of raisins.  These keep Harry entertained for a good few minutes which can be a Godsend!

11. Frozen yoghurt drops!

Perfect for teething babies, these are tasty, cold on the gums and healthy!  They do tend to melt quickly though once in warm hands so are best when you don’t mind baby getting messy!

12. Homemade ice cream!

Harry’s favourite flavours are banana ice cream, avocado ice cream and mango ice cream.  They’re all really easy to make so are definitely worth a try!

13. Peanut butter and jam cookies!

These are perfect for a ‘naughty treat’ and aren’t really that naughty.  You can find the recipe here.

14. Hard boiled egg!

A great, quick, easy source of protein.  Sometimes the most simple ideas are the best ones.

15. Strawberry oat balls!

Quick and easy to make, these healthy oat balls are a fantastic finger food to keep your little foodie feeling full until meal times. You can find the recipe here.

16. Broccoli fritters

A good way to sneak broccoli into your toddler’s diet if they aren’t usually a fan!  Find the recipe here.

17. Yoghurt

It sounds obvious but yoghurt is always a good easy snack for little foodies.  I sometimes serve Harry’s with fruit which he loves!

18. Brioche

Ok, so not the healthiest but they’re soft, small and make the perfect bribe/distraction when you are out and about and need to keep your little one entertained for a few minutes!  (Admit it, we’ve all used snacks for this before!)  You can buy them individually packaged so they are great to throw in your bag as a ‘just in case’ food.

19.  Cinnamon apple chips

Quick to make and easy to pop in an airtight container to take with you when you are on the go!  You can find the recipe here.

20. Courgette pizza bites

Ready in minutes and really moreish!  What’s not to love!  You can find the recipe here.

21. Curried chickpea patties!

These are great as part of a meal or as a snack!  Harry loves food with a bit of flavour and spice so really enjoys these!  You can find the recipe here.

22.  Avocado chocolate pudding!

Quick, easy to make and full of healthy fats this pudding is pure indulgance for your little one but without the refined sugars!  You can find the recipe here.

23. Blueberry muffins!

Blueberry muffins are a classic.  You can’t go wrong with this classic treat, especially with this healthy recipe!

24. Porridge fingers

Ready in less than 5 minutes these are perfect for when your little one is really hungry and you want to give them something fast!

25. Breadsticks and peanut butter

 

Well, peanut butter and anything!  On toast, in a pitta or tortilla wrap.. you can even make it into peanut butter burgers!  It’s filling, tasty and a great source of protein to give your little one the energy they need to get up to more mischief!

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