We are very limited in the “snack” foods that we can buy because the boys have an oat (not wheat) and soy allergy. In a way this has been a blessing because it has forced me to buy them snacks that don’t contain soy, and therefore don’t contain perservatives, hydrogenated oils. Perservatives, hydrogenated oils and “soy lechitin” are the best and cheapest way for companies to make your favorite snack foods…but they are BAD for your body!
HEALTHY TODDLER SNACKS
- Homemade Applesauce
- Homemade Muffins – like Whole Wheat Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins
- Dehydrated Fruits – like Honey Sweetened Dehydrated Apples
- Veggie Stix (“Fries” as we call them)
- Veggie Crisps
- Stretch Island Fruit Co. Fruit Leather
- Fruitabu Fruit Leather (These both taste just like Fruit Roll Ups…WITHOUT the dyes and sugar!)
- Annie’s Brand…Bunny Honey Grahams, Bunny Cheddar Crackers (Annie’s products have no preservatives or additives!)
- Cascadian Farm French Fries
- Pumpkin Yogurt (Check out Betsy‘s Toddler Tidbits over at Full Tummies! I love reading them! She is full of great ideas!)
- Applesauce with Cinnamon
- Dried Fruit without Sulfur (available at most Health Food Stores!)
- Carrot Sticks or other fresh veggie
- Ants on a Log (Celery, Natural PB and Raisins (check labels for sugar and sulfur!))
- Cheese Cubes
- Pear or Apple Bites (Fresh Fruit, peeled and cubed for your child’s chewing needs!)
- Clementine Oranges, Peeled and Separated
- Any fresh fruit, cut into cubes and peeled if necessary
- Sweet Potatoes Cubes…Pierce and Microwave 5-7 minutes, Slice open, Let cool, Cut into cubes
- Cereal Trail Mix – Cheerios, Dried Fruit, Mini Chocolate Chips
- Gorilla Munch Cereal
- Kashi Cereal Bars
- Pantry Trail Mix
My 16 month old can eat all of these snacks. Please note that each child’s “chewing level” is different depending on readiness and their teeth. Do NOT give your child something they are not able to eat or chew properly! Supervise closely when introducing new foods!
In our day and age of convenience, the “grab and go” bags are the easiest and best. Several products above are “convenient” for quick trips and errands. Don’t sacrifice quality for convenience! Spend a few minutes reading labels and you’ll be surprised at what you are giving your kids!
A wise friend shared this with me and I have taken it on as my motto: “You crave what you eat!”
Eat sugar, you crave sugar.
Eat veggies, you crave veggies.
Eat hydrogenated oils snacks, you crave those.
Eat fruit, you crave fruit.
Think about it! It not only applies to us, but to our kids as well! I’ve found it to be true!
PLEASE share with us some of your favorite healthy toddler snacks!