Easy to Carry and Healthy Toddler Snacks When On-The-Go August 19, 2015 09:53
Meeting the nutritional needs of a growing toddler is something I take very seriously. That said, feeding a picky toddler is also a huge challenge. For example, my toddler refuses to eat meat of any kind.
After a lot of trial and error, I’ve put together a weekly prep list and cheat sheet of healthy and quick unprocessed snacks for my toddler to have on hand. I put these in small glass jars leftover from my daughter’s baby food days as a way to reuse a product I would otherwise discard.
I’ll typically make/prep as many of these foods ahead of time on Sunday and have them ready in my refrigerator to grab and go. I don’t make every single recipe below and will base what I’m making off of the business of the week ahead/what I have on hand.
Unless we’re home, I tend to reserve proteins like yogurt and peanut butter for when I can easily give my daughter a bath afterward as these items typically find their way to her hair in 2.3 seconds.
Easy to grab proteins:
- Chickpeas, 2.4 g protein
- I make these roasted chickpeas and my daughter LOVES them.
- Black beans, 2.6g protein
- note: my daughter LOVES raisins. To make her eat her beans, I mix in raisins to trick her into eating more protein.
- String Cheese, 6g protein
- note: to save money, I’ll often buy a block of organic cheese and cut her off a couple of pieces – it’s MUCH cheaper than buying organic string cheese at $6/6 pack.
- Hardboiled Eggs, 6g protein
Easy to Grab Grains:
- Cooked Barley – great for little hands but can be a bit messy so I’ll typically pack it in a kiddo trail mix (instructions below)
Oatmeal Flax Banana Muffins
- The perfect breakfast or snack in a hurry
- Whole wheat oatmeal blueberry pancakes I use whole wheat flour and add oatmeal and/or flax. I usually use full fat yogurt to give my daughter extra protein. I make a huge batch of these once a month and throw them in my freezer. They’re amazing for rushed mornings!
- Whole grain rice cakes
- I’m particularly fond of the Lundberg Farms Brand
- A piece of bread.
- I straight up pack a piece of whole wheat multigrain bread and my kid loves it.
- Whole Wheat Pasta
- I make a medium size batch of organic whole wheat pasta and leave it in my refrigerator.
- There are endless possibilities for ways to make popcorn healthy. My family is partial to this recipe using nutritional yeast.
Easy to Grab Fruits/Veggies:
- Cooked green beans cut into toddler size bites
- Unsweetened raisins
- Dried strawberries
- Grape tomatoes
Baby Trail Mix:
Whatever is left cut into pieces and put into a cup like this to take to the playground. It’s a perfect way to avoid wasting food and keeps me happy that my daughter is eating healthy. I’ll typically throw this in my Mitz Sweetheart bag, which is SO easy to clean and throw under a stroller! I literally wash this bag out at the park and let it air dry if anything spills out, it’s AMAZING!